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Cover image for lecture: What is Staff Splitting?

Lecture Overview

Staff splitting can occur in any workplace setting. Whatever the reason and whoever is involved, staff need to be aware of its highly divisive and disruptive consequences. This session looks at this destructive behaviour and ways you can overcome it in your workplace.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


82 Total Rating(s)
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Melissa Gains
07 Mar 2020

This information is clear and helpful.

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Di Meiklejohn
29 Jan 2020

I found this video really interesting and made me reflect on what sort of workplace culture there currently is at Peter Mac CDU and how I want it to be. I want to include others and be accepting of others and in particular, not allow gossip about others/allegations when they are not engaged in the conversation and are not part of the conversation and allowed to have a voice.

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Denis Cronin
17 Jan 2020

This course was very relevant and very well presented.

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Catherine Hillan
10 Dec 2019

Very informative in understanding workplace dynamics. Sound quality at times not the best

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Marta Durance
18 Sep 2019

This was presented very clearly by using basic examples of pathological behaviour patterns. Generally we have an awareness of issues being created but we cannot determine exactly what is going on. By taking a step back and not being emotionally involved in the drama , you can look at a situation with a higher level of emotional intelligence and know that it is not about you but rather the unhealthy behaviour patterns of others.

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Jacqueline Glasgow
29 Aug 2019


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Julie Wockner Pace
17 Aug 2019

I think it was a great overview of Staff Splitting. The power of simply naming the inappropriate yet insidious nature of this behaviour is overwhelming and empowering. It happens in every work place and can make or break careers. It was said that the "Splitter" often has had a number of work places but I have also witnessed people being made to feel so distraught by this difficult to name occurance that they will either change shifts to avoid the person or completely leave the organisation so the Splitter can move to their next victim. Well presented, simply explained, so affirming - I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be referring to it definitely in the future.

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Emily Webster
15 Aug 2019

Very well presented and easy to engage with, very relevant examples.

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Tricia Munnerley
01 Aug 2019

Excellent presentation. It provided me with a far greater understanding of the drivers behind such behaviour and how best to manage my response to them.

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Carole Lesley Arbuckle
31 Jul 2019

Excellent presentation. Very informative and useful solutions that can be easily applied