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ERIC Number: EJ1106152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Simulating Real Life: Enhancing Social Work Education on Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention
Osborne, Victoria A.; Benner, Kalea; Sprague, Debra J.; Cleveland, Ivy N.
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 n3 p337-346 2016
Social work students typically use role play with student colleagues to practice clinical intervention skills. Practice with simulated clients (SCs) rather than classmates changes the dynamics of the role play and may improve learning. This is the first known study to employ the SC model in substance use assessment in social work education. Social work students completed a questionnaire assessing attitudes, knowledge, and perceived skills (AKS) regarding substance misuse prior to completing an online screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment training, and then following role plays with SCs. Paired t-tests indicate increased confidence in substance use assessment and intervention ability, and stronger feelings that routine screening is critical to practice. Incorporating SCs with didactic learning increases students' self-perceived ability to assess and change client behaviors and reduce substance misuse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: TI020288