Live Client Simulation
Live client simulations are utilized by Suzanne Rabon in the Generalist Practice course. With this teaching method, simulators are trained to be characters from fictional social work case scenarios. This experience gives students practice with clients before beginning an internship or work experience.
Throughout the semester, simulators visit a Generalist Practice course to give students experience in dealing with senior citizens, teenagers and victims of domestic violence. Social work students practice with the simulators as though they are an actual client.
Before the simulator arrives, students receive a referral note with information about a social work case. Students take turns acting as a social worker, listening to the simulator's story, assessing the situation, conveying empathy, making eye contact, displaying positive non-verbal communication and making the simulator feel safe.