What is Therapy Simulation?

In 2019, AAMFT will be piloting a simulation training program that we believe will open doors for our MFTs and MFTs in training to develop and hone advanced systemic therapy skills. By removing the risk associated with real clients, and introducing realistic avatars and unique learning events, simulated therapy allows our members at all levels to acquire and test new skills in an environment that is solely focused on their learning and competencies.

Read the FTM article, "Using Simulation in MFT Training" featuring Diane Gehart, PhD.

Who Benefits from Therapy Simulation?


Learning and testing new competencies in a safe-supportive environment allows them exposure to unique and complicated therapeutic situations without the fear of doing harm. 


Can now customize their students’ learning and training experience and offer a fair and uniform way to measure competencies.

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!

How Does It Work?

All you need to execute simulation effectively in your environment is a computer with an internet connection! And for in-person groups or classes, a projector and screen. Once you purchase a package, you will receive a link to schedule your simulation session. Keep in mind - sessions must be scheduled a minimum of three weeks in advance.

Don’t take our word for it…hear from those who have experienced therapy simulation:

“Inside of 15 to 30 seconds, you are in a client / therapist relationship.” 
“There’s a lot you can do to customize a very specific situation.” 
“One of the rules of therapy is do no harm. With the simulation, it helps to minimize the liabilities.” 
“Simulation lets me take risks I couldn’t otherwise take. And that’s important because it is how we learn.”
“What’s very different with this is the focus moves from the client’s welfare to the education and learning moments.” 
“There’s a new level of competence that we have never been able to measure before that we now can.”