Highlights evaluation results of the University of Illinois Child Protection Training Academy simulation training. Evaluator Ted Cross provides a summary of key findings related to child welfare investigators’ confidence in the ability to do their jobs and worker retention. This audio clip is part of a series of resources that can help child welfare training directors, design and implementation teams, and others involved in program improvement and implementation understand the benefits of and key considerations for developing and running a simulation training program.
The need for training continues across child welfare, but students and new caseworkers still can benefit from practicing the skills required for casework after their classroom sessions have ended. This podcast discusses a virtual reality-based home visiting training currently being used by the university's B.S.W. students —Virtual Home Simulation (VHS))— which was developed by the University of Utah College of Social Work in partnership with the university's games and applications lab