We currently have an intern from Hong Kong with us for three months, his name is Pak Wing and his English name is Stanley. We have enrolled him on the short course which started on 9th June so that he can have a better grasp of what we are about and also so that we can get his reflections on taking the course. Here is his first post after his first session.

HAT session reflection #1 by Ng Pak Wing, Stanley

HAT course reflection #1

Yesterday, I was introduced to “Coping with Crisis – Wellbeing and Growth” from Health Action Training. Before that, I didn’t think drama and nursing practice were related, but now I see how their connections resonate, even in how we talk every day in real life.

The course started with breathing exercises, which made me feel relaxed as I moved my body. As I practiced my sense of presence I felt blank staring at my room, but later picked up outside noises and became more focused.

Then, I reflected on my ‘presence’ when reacting to traumas. After my homeland’s protests, a ‘common feeling’ to places suffering similar incidents rose, but this may be assumptions than actual thoughts. This course reminded me to take care of our emotions, as well as others, to truly be present with them now.

Next, the course showed how differing actions and objectives can be present in the same sentence. This may be more effective if done in person though, as I was confused by my presumed role and whom I should direct my actions to.

Still, it challenged me to observe others’ emotions as they speak, which is not my strong suit. Growing up, I was not very expressive and thought telling someone my mood was attention-seeking. Yet, I started noticing details and messages behind frowns and smiles, a crucial step to learn their needs and wants.

Then, mock scenarios were crafted, and only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ are allowed. The responses reminded me of my night shift as a telephone interviewer, where simple answers are wanted, and scripts are followed for enquiries. There I finish a call solely through a verbal line, which is made to feel more crucial than how the respondents feel.

But seeing the different responses from a change in tone from this course, I realized a ‘successful’ case of communication may be forced and may not be their true answer or feeling, particularly as eye contact and emotions are not seen over the telephone.

To close, this is different to my previous attempts at learning interpersonal tactics. Others offer vague advice, but everything is explained in detail and practiced in this HAT course.

It’s a great start, and I look forward to the next instalment!


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