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International Winter School: 10 January - 4 February 2022

Challenges in Interprofessional Health and Social Services

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

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.

Join us for the Winter School 2022!

The ZHAW School of Health Professions in Winterthur, Switzerland, is thrilled to announce an exciting International Winter School 2022.  We are constantly expanding and adapting our program and offer a range of on-site and online courses. Please be aware that the program may be subject to change.

Registration for students opens beginning of October

Register

Pre-registration for Partners only (link sent by e-mail by the end of June)

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Aims

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.

Target group

We welcome international future Health and Social Work Professionals from our partner institutions to join the 400 ZHAW BSc students in their third year of study in the fields of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Health Promotion & Prevention and Social Work.

Courses are primarily aimed at the Bachelor level, but Masterlevel students are welcome to participate. Some practical experience is required, so participants must be at least in their second year of BSc study.

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.

Language

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

Credits and student work

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 5 course days and successful end of week assessment are required. Participants can book one full-time course per week.

Course format

Some courses are held online and others on-site. Please note that full-time presence in Winterthur is required for the on-site courses. Online courses do not require presence in Winterthur; you can study from the comfort of your home. Due to current epidemiological uncertainties, the format of the on-site courses might be subject to change.

Cost

EUR 50.00 per full-time course. The amount is due at registration (payment via credit card).

Timetable

All courses take place from Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00 CET unless otherwise stated.

Course details

Beratung (German only)

Dates 10 – 14 January 2022 (course A)
24 – 28 January 2022 (course B)

The same course is held twice
   
Language German    
Learning format On-site course with online elements (approx. fifty - fifty)
Presence on campus in Winterthur for the whole week required
   
Short description We will introduce different concepts of counseling. Students’ competence in using client-centered communication will be developed and the active use of the different phases of the counseling process will be trained in small groups.    

Krisen und Coping (German only)

Dates 17 – 21 January 2022 (course A)
31 January – 4 February 2022 (course B)

The same course is held twice
   
Language German    
Learning format On-site course
Presence on campus in Winterthur for the whole week required
   
Short description There are different types of crises and coping strategies. We will talk about stress, burnout, crisis, and trauma as well as coping from a psychological, sociological and neurobiological perspective. Students will reflect their own coping strategies and behaviors and learn how to support clients in acute crisis situations.    

Interprofessionelle Zusammenarbeit (German only)

Dates 17 – 21 January 2022 (course A)
24 – 28 January 2022 (course B)

The same course is held twice
   
Language German    
Learning format On-site course with online elements (approx. fifty – fifty Presence on campus in Winterthur for the whole week required)    
Short description Each health profession has its own philosophy and paradigms, and there are different models of multi-, inter- and transprofessional collaboration. Most importantly, the value of interprofessional collaboration but also the stumbling blocks will be discussed. Students will get firsthand insight into interprofessional teamwork through visits to selected institutions of the Swiss health care and social work sector.    

Diversity in Health Professions

Dates 10 – 14 January 2022 (course A)
17 – 21 January 2022 (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, intercultural communication and how we relate to other people. 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.    

Working Together as Professionals in Health and Social Care in Different Countries

Dates 31 January – 4 February 2022    
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.    

Gesundheit in anspruchsvollen Settings (German only)

Dates 10 – 14 January 2022 (course A)
24 – 28 January 2022 (course B)

The same course is held twice.
   
Language German    
Learning format On-site course
On campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required
   
Short description Students learn about complex settings in which interprofessional health services can only be provided under difficult circumstances (e.g. prison, drop-in service for drug addicts). In groups, students reflect and improve existing practice by considering health promotion and prevention strategies. Two of these settings will be visited during the week.    

Study Visits to Swiss Health and Social Care Institutions

Dates 10 – 14 January 2022    
Language English    
Learning format On-site course
On campus presence in Winterthur for whole week required
   
Short description During this course we will visit different institutions where health and social work professionals work together. Together, 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.    

Creating meaningful and impactful solutions

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

Dates 24 – 28 January 2022    
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-centred 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

(for Occupational Therapy students only) 

Dates 17 – 21 January 2022    
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 student's’ 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.    

Course adaptation, cancellation, and refund policy

If the courses 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 courses. Registered participants will be informed as early as possible of any changes. Registered participants who withdraw due to ZHAW course adaptations will not be refunded. Courses canceled by ZHAW will be fully refunded. Any further claims for compensation are excluded.

Further information

For further information, please contact international.gesundheit(at)zhaw.ch