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 experiences 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 health care. 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.



61 Total Rating(s)

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Melinda van de Brug
10 Jul 2019

I thought it was a great resource. Gave a clear description of that staff splitting is and how to deal with it as individual's and a team when it occurs.

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Tracey Davies
28 Jun 2019

Interesting, informative

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Ashley Manney
27 Jun 2019

Very good

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louise ann mackie
10 Jun 2019

good insightful resource

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Kathleen Jones
05 Jun 2019

Staff splitting by team members or manager must be called out- it is not healthy and creates fear "walking on eggshells" it doesn't facilitate group cohesiveness or a sense of group purpose. We all need to check how we contribute to our teams problems or solutions. Staff splitting is a pathological workplace behavior of narcissistic personalities and causes great harm to the team.

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Faye hawkins
03 Jun 2019

fantastic, as a new nurse i am loving learning about all aspects of care.

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Christine Mann
31 May 2019

Excellent Presentation very informative

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Diana Wilson
31 May 2019

excellent tutorial, great presentation and knowledge.

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Margaret Muir
31 May 2019

Staff splitting and what does it mean

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Carly Murphy
30 May 2019