7. Role Play:
Purpose: To allow participants to practice learned behavior in
new situations, act out real-life situations, and experience new perspectives.
Description: Roles may be set up by the trainer or participants
may make up their own roles. Participants can thus explore solutions to
situations or problems under discussion. Since this is a role play, discussion
can center around the role and characterization presented by the participant and
thus avoid criticism of the participants themselves. Role plays can be used in
the large group or in smaller groups if appropriate.
a. Description of role play given orally or as a
handout (developed by trainer or participants).
b. Participants of role play
are given a time limit to prepare.
c. Participants act out role play as the
character that they are portraying.
d. Trainer facilitates
discussion/analysis of behavior portrayed or felt by participants.
Participants offer suggestions for changing their own behavior/