On October 18, 2018, Department of Theater and Dance Assistant Professor Rachel DeSoto-Jackson presented an invited workshop titled “Body Language and Patient
Experience” at the 2018 Nursing Symposium, sponsored by Saint Vincent Hospital and Allegheny Health Network.
The event was hosted at Edinboro University and included over 200 participants comprised of nursing students, nurse faculty, clinical educators, nursing home/personal care practitioners, nurse assistants, and inpatient nurses. The workshop focused on
demonstrating applied theater approaches to enhancing empathetic communication and understanding verbal and nonverbal communication cues.
DeSoto-Jackson developed this workshop through instruction of the IUP course THTR 361 The Performance of Caring, which is offered every semester to students of all disciplines.
Participants were introduced within this workshop to DeSoto-Jackson’s method, the L.O.V.E.™ approach, for delivering effective empathetic communication. This tool was recently published in the co-authored chapter “The Performance of Caring: Theatre, Empathetic
Communication and Healthcare,” with Rick Kemp, in The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science.