Role play is used to best illustrate how to work with other people, such as our colleagues in the office or a patient in a clinic setting. However, role play also creates heavy resistance from the participants, which needs to be addressed.
Role play is part of the learning process that teaches you to actively pay attention, listen, react in real time and receive feedback. Also, role play with your peers usually proves to be harder than working with clients because your peers may chose a harder scenario to test your wits.
During role plays, the facilitator:
- addresses possible resistance from participants.
- gives rationale for the activity.
- requires active involvement.
- uses humor.