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This paper shares our experiences working as an inter-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a module on “Resilience and Wellbeing” to trainees at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice). Our goal was to develop a programme that was engaging for trainees, provided practical tools that they could take into legal practice, and met the LACC Curriculum Standard “Resilience and Wellbeing”. We gathered feedback directly from trainees at the end of the day-long session to complement our own reflections upon the module.
The module was divided into four parts, each delivered by different presenters with appropriate and relevant expertise. All presenters were staff members of our University and together they offered perspectives from many non-law disciplines.
- Neurobiological effects of Stress (Junior Research Fellow, Office of School of Medicine)
- Mindfulness (Student Wellbeing Counselling)
- Lawyers & Health – Developing as a professional (WHS Advisor and Director, Centre for Legal Studies)
- Mental Health – signs, symptoms and resources (Student Wellbeing Counselling)
Our paper will share details of our goals, the ways we worked together as an inter-disciplinary team, and our reflections upon the success of the module and ways that we can improve future delivery.
Our paper addresses the selection guidelines as follows:
- We situate our curriculum design within existing literature and practice;
- We informed ourselves about a range of ways that the resilience and wellbeing curriculum can be delivered, and adopted a creative approach;
- Our interdisciplinary collaboration enabled us to use our strengths;
- The module was delivered in mid-2017;
- We will be using student feedback as some data that demonstrate the impact of our module;
- Our module will be of interest to other PLT providers. It provides a cost effective and engaging option for embedding resilience and wellbeing into PLT programs;
- The structure of the paper will include: history of resilience and wellbeing content in PLT programs; our goals; module design and delivery; feedback and critical reflections.