Get firsthand accounts of simulation experiences, including benefits and lessons learned, presented by those familiar with simulation training in Illinois.
Simulation training recreates real-life conditions to prepare child welfare workers and students for interactions with families and critical partners in child welfare work.
Explore the videos on this site for firsthand accounts of simulation experiences, its benefits, and key considerations based on lessons learned. The videos present perspectives from program developers, trainers, participants, agency leaders, and other individuals familiar with simulation training in Illinois.
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This site features videos and interviews with representatives from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the Children and Family Research Center, and simulation training actors and community professionals. (Find out more about the Illinois simulation training program and its evaluation.
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
In FY 2015 the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services partnered with the University of Illinois Springfield to develop the Child Protection Training Academy in order to redesign the six-week classroom training for new investigators and create an experiential component. This paper chronicles the goals of the partnership and the planning and implementation of the Academy.