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Center for Child Welfare Training & Simulation

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Social simulations are realistic scenarios interpreted by trained and standardized actors to simulate experiences relevant to working in child welfare. These simulations are integrated into the training curriculum to provide a semi-structured, safe environment to practice and enhance certain skill vital to a successful child welfare career.


The simulation lab uses an audiovisual debriefing and testing platform that allows for interactive explorations of simulations. All room within the lab is equipped with audiovisual equipment and are capable of live video streaming and playback. This technology allows for video aided debriefing and a chance for child welfare professionals to see themselves and review their simulation experience.


Standardized clients (SCs) are used in most of the simulations provided by the Center. SCs are actors who are trained to assist in simulations by “acting” as a child welfare client – child or adult. Scenarios are designed to allow child welfare professionals to be immersed in realistic situations they might encounter on the job. The SCs then give feedback to the professional at the end of the simulation experience.  


Research and Evaluation

The Center for Child Welfare Training & Simulation is engaged in ongoing research projects and initiatives to provide a continuum of service designed to promote competency-based best-practices in child welfare.


Angela Pharris, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Center for Child Welfare Training and Simulation Coordinator

(405) 325-7193


Bonni Goodwin, LCSW

Center for Child Welfare Training and Simulation Program Manager

(405) 325-6274