Our entire profession benefits from therapy simulation because it allows our therapists to learn and test new competencies in a way we have never been able to experience before! Your virtual clients will allow you to test your skills in an environment focused on learning and development, without the risk of unintended harm to real-world clientele.
How Does It Work?
All you need to execute simulation effectively in your environment is a video/audio enabled computer with an internet connection! And for in-person groups or classes, a projector and screen. Your designated facilitator will receive training and documentation to prepare for their session. They will also meet with the Simulation Specialist in order to establish learning objectives and clarify how the session will be run.
Once you purchase a package, you will receive correspondence from AAMFT Simulation staff to begin your preparations. As a part of that planning, you will have the following pre-created vignettes to choose from, based on course objectives, therapy methods being taught, etc.:
Vignette 1: Using Solution-Focused Therapy with a Couple
Using solution-focused therapy, conduct an intake session with a couple.
Vignette 2a & 2b: First and Second Session Couples Therapy with Opioid Use
Conduct a first session with a couple focusing on joining with the dyad and opening the interview with biological, psychological, social, and spiritual assessment to best understand their reasons for coming in and to begin to establish goals. The second session can be done
sequentially after 2a or as a stand-alone session. Session goals will be to
continue to join and determine goals for therapy and begin creating therapeutic
Vignette 3a & 3b: First and Second Session Parent/Child with Depression and Self-Harm
Conduct a first session with a mother and teenage daughter focusing on joining and opening up the interview with some initial biological, psychological, social, and spiritual assessment questions to best understand the clients’ reasons for coming to therapy. The second session can be done
sequentially after 3a or as a stand-alone session. Session goals are to
continue joining and establishing one or more goals for therapy using a
structural family therapy model.
Vignette 4: Culturally Sensitive Interviewing
Practice conducting a culturally sensitive interview with an individual.
Vignette 5: Assessing Feedback Loops and Family Context
During this second session with two parents, the goal is to fully understand the family patterns and dynamics related to circular patterns, emotional regulation, ideas related to homeostasis and cybernetics, feedback loops, and family context as well as establishing goals of therapy.
Create Your Own Vignette
Tailored to your specific teaching/learning goals, you can create a scenario to better align with your intended outcomes. With this option you have the ability to focus on your own embedded learning events, set around a client situation suited to your preferred methods and techniques. Please note, this process will require a minimum of three-weeks time to complete, as you will work in conjunction with our simulation specialist.
Don’t take our word for it…hear from those who have experienced therapy simulation:
Quoted from the WAMFT
Network Newsletter: At Antioch [University], students rated the experience highly. One participant stated that participating in the simulation offered them a “chance to practice without pressure”; another stated that they “learned more in the past hour than they had in an entire quarter of learning through role plays.”
SIMULATION HOMEPAGE COST & PACKAGES
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.