Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The UNCW School of Social Work prepares students to work with individuals and communities struggling with the challenges of poverty, discrimination, health and mental health issues, and other hardships.
Through a $ 500,000 grant to the Council on Social Work Education by the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration to expand the training of practitioners in substance use disorders in social work, the classroom experience of students is improved by Kognito simulations. The technology allows students to role-play conversations with emotionally unresponsive virtual humans so they learn to engage in hands-on conversations and personalized feedback.
“Simulation-based learning is emerging as a promising innovative method of preparing students for the real world, in the fields of health and social services,” said Charles J. Hardy, Dean of the College of Health and social services. “While traditional approaches to clinical teaching are found in all of our academic programs, our faculty and students readily embrace technological advancements that have expanded our educational frameworks / methods in exciting and effective ways. “
Noell Rowan, Professor and Associate Director of the School of Social Work, would like to continue using Kognito simulations, touting the benefits of virtual learning for teaching students to engage, assess and carry out an intervention based on proofs.
“I think this is really the smartest way to teach with interprofessional teams in simulations to prepare for and deliver more effective healthcare in the real world once people graduate,” she declared.
Learn more about the pilot program here.