The SDSU School of Social Work Field Education program has received a SDSU IRA (Instructionally Related Activities) award this fall 2020 semester for an innovative and exciting proposal designed at incorporating simulations through interprofessional collaborations into field seminars.
Simulation-based learning utilizes professional actors to play “standardized clients” in scenarios that mirror social work practice. Simulations will be conducted in a virtual format (Zoom). A case vignette will be performed by professional actors and student actors from the SDSU Theatre, Film, and TV (TFF) Department. Additionally, student actors from the SDSU TFF department will complete their required degree internship as simulated clients through this interprofessional education and collaboration!
Social work students will interact directly with actors using evidence-based practice skills such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Student simulations will be recorded with the intent to share the simulation experience with the students’ field instructors. This allows for an additional opportunity for Field Instructors to provide feedback regarding the student’s direct practice skills and help them translate and apply those skills to serving the specific clientele at the student’s field site.
Simulations create a dynamic and innovative learning opportunity that facilitates active student engagement in a more realistic manner above and beyond what can be achieved during a peer role-play. The efficacy of the simulation-based project will be examined with formative and summative evaluation approaches. Given the educational modifications to social work field education programs because of COVID-19, this project is expected to offer a viable and innovative learning activity to our social work students!