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Winter School

Challenges in Interprofessional Health and Social Services: 9 January – 3 February 2023

A cooperation between the ZHAW School of Health Sciences, the ZHAW School of Social Work, the INUAS and the COHEHRE network.

Join us for the International Winter School 2023!

The ZHAW School of Health Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland, is thrilled to announce an exciting International Winter School 2023!

We offer a unique opportunity to meet Swiss and international students to discuss similarities and differences when collaborating interprofessionally within the health and social system. Together, students of health professions and social work participate in role-play activities, study visits, group projects and interactive lectures to learn about working together in interprofessional teams, in different health and social systems and with clients from different cultures.

Working with the different professions gave me a wide range of knowledge, which allowed me to know about the area of work of the other professions and the techniques by which all the professions can work in a connected manner. The week was filled with so much enthusiasm that being in a different time zone did not make me feel less interested in it.

Shuchismita Ghosh, Christ University Bangalore, India

The International Winter School for interprofessional collaboration in the health and social sector

Together, Swiss and international students will learn about interprofessional collaboration in the health and social sector. Future health professionals and social workers gain new competences in dealing with complex and challenging interprofessional situations and learn how to collaborate efficiently. 

Who can participate?

We welcome international future health and social work professionals from our partner institutions to join the 450 ZHAW BSc students in their third year of study in the fields of midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health promotion and prevention, and social work.  

Courses are primarily aimed at the bachelor level, but master level students are equally welcome to participate. Because some practical experience is required, participants must be at least in the second year of their BSc programme. 

Please note that the course “Creating meaningful and impactful solutions” is open to students from ALL professions and not limited to health and social work. The course “Occupational therapists’ professional identity: contributing to the visibility of the profession” is for occupational therapists only.

In which languages are the courses held? And which language level is required?

Some of the courses are held in English and some in German. Please check in the course details below if your chosen course is available in your preferred language. To attend a course, a B1-B2 language level is required.

How many credits can be gained and how much involvement is required?

For each course, students will gain 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits subject to 50-60 hours of student work. Preparatory assignment, full-time attendance during the five course days and a successful end-of-week assessment are required. Participants can book one full-time course per week. All courses take place from Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00 Central European Time (CET) unless otherwise stated.

In which format do courses take place?

Most courses will be held on site in Winterthur. A few courses will be taught in an online format.

Please note that the format of on-site courses may be subject to change, depending on the epidemiological situation in Switzerland and globally. 

What are the course fees?

The course fee is EUR 50.00 per full-time course. The total will be charged upon registration (payment by credit card).

Can registrations be cancelled?

If a course cannot take place as planned due to regulations issued by the Swiss authorities or the ZHAW, the ZHAW reserves the right to make adaptations or cancel a course. Registered participants will be informed as early as possible of any changes. Registered participants who withdraw due to ZHAW course adaptations (e.g. switching from an on-site to an online format) will not be refunded. Courses canceled by ZHAW will be fully refunded. Any further claims for compensation are excluded.

Attending the Winter School at the ZHAW School of Health Sciences has revitalized my perception of my professional identity and sparked a need to push harder for visibility. Despite the time zone issue in joining virtually from the United States, my enjoyment of presentations and collaboration motivated me to get up each day. This was truly an amazing experience and I recommend this to any OT students who are able to attend!

Siarah Jones, Tufts University Boston, USA

Course overview

Week 1: 9 – 13 January 2023

Week 2: 16 – 20 January 2023

Week 3: 23 – 27 January 2023

Week 4: 30 January – 3 February 2023

I really enjoyed the virtual week in Switzerland. It was easy for me to lose my inhibitions about speaking English. Everyone was accepted and was able to contribute their strengths, and in the group you were very well supported in case of problems and difficulties. It was a week full of inspiration and fun. The structure of the seminar was very diverse and entertaining. I am already looking forward to the Winter School 2023.

Angelique Teßmann-Schnakenberg, Hochschule Bremen, Germany

Course details

Beratung (German only)

Daten 9. – 13. Januar 2023 (Kurs A) (Kurs ausgebucht)
23. – 27. Januar 2023 (Kurs B)

Der gleiche Kurs wird zweimal durchgeführt.
   
Sprache Deutsch    
Lernformat Der Kurs wird vor Ort durchgeführt, mit Online-Elementen.
Anwesenheit an der ZHAW in Winterthur wird für die ganze Woche vorausgesetzt.
   
Beschreibung Praxisorientiert und mittels ausgewählter Konzepte entwickeln und vertiefen wir Fähigkeiten für eine personenzentrierte und prozessorientierte Beratung. In Workshops thematisieren wir verschiedene methodische Ansätze und das Vorgehen in spezifischen Beratungsthemen und -feldern. In Kleingruppen praktizieren und reflektieren wir verschiedene Aspekte der Beratung.    

Krisen und Coping (German only)

Daten 16. – 20. Januar 2023 (Kurs A)
30. Januar – 3. Februar 2023 (Kurs B)

Der gleiche Kurs wird zweimal durchgeführt.
   
Sprache Deutsch    
Lernformat Der Kurs wird vor Ort durchgeführt.
Anwesenheit an der ZHAW in Winterthur wird für die ganze Woche vorausgesetzt.
   
Beschreibung Es gibt verschiedene Arten von Krisen und Bewältigungsstrategien. Wir thematisieren Stress, Burnout, Krise und Trauma sowie Bewältigung aus psychologischer, soziologischer und neurobiologischer Sicht. Die Teilnehmenden reflektieren ihre eigenen Bewältigungsstrategien und Verhaltensweisen und lernen, wie sie als Gesundheitsfachpersonen in akuten Krisensituationen unterstützen können.    

Interprofessionelle Zusammenarbeit in komplexen Fällen (German only)

Daten 16. – 20. Januar 2023 (Kurs A)
23. – 27. Januar 2023 (Kurs B)

Der gleiche Kurs wird zweimal durchgeführt.
   
Sprache Deutsch    
Lernformat Kurs wird vor Ort durchgeführt, mit Online-Elementen.
Anwesenheit an der ZHAW in Winterthur wird für die ganze Woche vorausgesetzt.
   
Beschreibung Jeder Gesundheitsberuf hat seine eigene Philosophie und seine eigenen Paradigmen, und es gibt verschiedene Modelle der multi-, inter- und transprofessionellen Zusammenarbeit. Wir diskutieren den Wert der interprofessionellen Zusammenarbeit und mögliche Stolpersteine. Ein Besuch in einer ausgewählten Institution des Schweizer Gesundheitswesens vermittelt einen Einblick in die Praxis der interprofessionellen Teamarbeit.    

Diversity in Health Professions (English only)

Dates

9 – 13 January 2023 (course A)
16 – 20 January 2023 (course B)

The same course is held twice
 

Language

English  

Learning format

Course A: online course
Course B: on-site course
, on campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required
 

Short description

We will discuss concepts of diversity and intercultural communication and apply them to practical situations. Students will develop their competence in dealing with culturally diverse people at work and develop skills to interact more effectively with people from different backgrounds by means of case studies, simulations, games and working on critical incidents.  

Working Together in Health and Social Care at Home and Abroad (English only)

Dates 30 January – 3 February 2023    
Language English    
Learning format Online course    
Short description Students from different countries and different professions in the health and social care system meet, share, and learn together. In a mixture of e-learning sequences and online meetings, we will compare professional and interprofessional identities as well as interprofessional collaboration from an international perspective and against the backdrop of different fields of practice.    

Angebote für Menschen in schwierigen Lebenssituationen (German only)

Daten 9. – 13. Januar 2023 (Kurs A)
30. Januar – 3. Februar 2023 (Kurs B)

Der gleiche Kurs wird zweimal durchgeführt.
   
Sprache Deutsch    
Lernformat Der Kurs wird vor Ort durchgeführt.
Anwesenheit an der ZHAW in Winterthur wird für die ganze Woche vorausgesetzt.
   
Beschreibung Wir fokussieren auf Angebote für Menschen in gesundheitlich und sozial schwierigen Lebenssituationen an der interprofessionellen Schnittstelle zwischen Sozial- und Gesundheitswesen. Inputreferate und zwei Besuche in ausgewählten Institutionen erlauben einen vertieften Einblick. In Gruppen reflektieren Teilnehmende die bestehende Praxis und entwickeln Ansätze zur Weiterentwicklung.    

Study Visits to Swiss Health and Social Care Institutions (English only)

Dates 9 – 13 January 2023    
Language English    
Learning format On-site course
On campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required
   
Short description We will travel from Winterthur to Zurich and into the mountains to visit different institutions where health and social work professionals work together. Jointly, we will learn about and reflect on the challenges of their daily interprofessional work. Presentations of each participating country’s health and social care system broaden the perspective beyond students’ own health and social system.    

Ethik für alle (German only)

Daten 9. – 13. Januar 2023 (Kurs A)
23. – 27. Januar 2023 (Kurs B)
30. Januar – 3. Februar 2023 (Kurs C)
Der gleiche Kurs wird dreimal durchgeführt.
   
Sprache Deutsch    
Lernformat Der Kurs wird vor Ort durchgeführt.
Anwesenheit an der ZHAW in Winterthur wird für die ganze Woche vorausgesetzt.
   
Beschreibung Wir nutzen und erweitern Kommunikations-Skills im interprofessionellen Kontext anhand von Situationen mit ethischer Dimension. Auf der Grundlage eines Modells zur ethischen Entscheidungsfindung und unter Nutzung von ethischen Theorien diskutieren und reflektieren Teilnehmende Fallbeispiele in interprofessionellen Gruppen.    

Creating meaningful and impactful solutions (English only)

(Course open to students from ALL professions, not limited to health and social work)

Dates 23 – 27 January 2023    
Language English    
Learning format On-site course
On campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required
   
Short description Throughout the week, students will work in interdisciplinary teams on a project and learn to understand and solve real-world problems from the community. The learning is based on reflective practice and developing solutions through human-centered design principles. Students will engage with real people to understand their needs and use prototyping tools to test the ideas developed during the course. The business potential or financial impact of the ideas will be evaluated.    

Occupational Therapists’ Professional Identity: Contributing to the visibility of the Profession (English only)

(For Occupational Therapy students only) 

Dates 16 – 20 January 2023    
Language English    
Learning format On-site course
On campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required.
   
Short description Professional identity is an important factor in the development of a profession. In this course we want to increase the students’ professional identity as OTs and their understanding of a diverse profession. In international teams the students will have the chance to exchange, start building a network, reflect on their OT identities and increase their competence in intercultural teamwork.    

It was interesting to hear how health care professions in Switzerland are organized and structured. Some points are like what I know from Belgium, but there are also differences which I didn’t expect. When we worked together for a week on a project, we had interesting conversations and shared interesting information. The week with Swiss students and professionals has broadened my view as a health care professional.

Laura Hesters, Ghent University, Belgium

Location and Campus Life

The courses take place at ZHAW School of Health Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland. The city of Winterthur is a very pretty, small town near Zurich. The cities of Zurich, Berne and Lucerne as well as the Swiss mountains with its skiing resorts are easily reachable by public transport.

International Winter School at the ZHAW