This is Session 1 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.

Creative Activity:

This activity is part of a larger creative self-expression exercise called the Narrative Reflective Process (Schwind, 2008, 2016).

This session focuses on individual and small group work exploring the experience of Person-Centred Care (PCC) in any professional context.

  1. Individual: Consider how you envision PCC … write your definition of PCC.
  2. Individual: Immerse yourself in that definition and identify an instance where you provided PCC. Write a story about a situation that shows what happened.
  3. Individual: Think of a time when you received/were the beneficiary of PCC? Write a story about a situation that shows what happened.
  4. Individual: Read your two stories to identify commonalities and differences.
  5. Pairs: Share the two stories with another person; Identify common elements of PCC between the two persons (i.e. the 4 stories). Where are they the same and where are they different? — Level of disclosure to your comfort level—
  6. Circle: Each pair shares a summary of their discussion about PCC.
  7. Circle:
  • What was the experience like of writing the two stories?
  • What difference does it make, if any, to define PCC from your lived experience versus from your initial thoughts that may be based in literature or other received knowledge?
  • Do youengage inperson-centred care in your professional role? If so, what does it look like? If not, how would that look like for you?

For session 2 you will be asked to engage in a creative activity, called Metaphoric Reflection.

Keep journaling!



Schwind, J. K. (2008). Accessing humanness: From experience to research, from classroom to praxis. In J. K. Schwind & G. M. Lindsay (Eds.), From experience to relationships: Reconstructing ourselves in education and healthcare. (pp. 77-94). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Schwind, J. K. (2016). Narrative Reflective Process: A creative experiential path to personal-knowing in teaching-learning scholarship. In J. Gingras, P. Robinson, J. Waddell, L. & Cooper (Eds.), Teaching as scholarship: Preparing students for professional practice in community services. (pp. 137-154). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.