Immersive Training in Virtual Reality to Improve Workers' Impact and Performance
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Breakout
How dirty is too dirty? How safe is safe enough? Where do you draw the line between poverty and neglect? It takes years for front-line caseworkers to build a deep bank of experience and confidence from which to draw in making the tough decisions they are faced with every day - decisions that have a profound impact on the safety and well-being of children and families. Virtual reality (VR)-based immersive learning approaches can help caseworkers accelerate the pace with which they develop this experience and confidence.
Virtual reality can replicate the situations and the emotions that workers face in the field, providing a risk-free environment to practice making difficult decisions during tense moments. Learning methods enabled by VR offer new opportunities to transform approaches to training and skill development, broadening caseworkers' abilities to observe, inquire, interpret and reflect in ways that inform a more robust and firmly grounded professional opinion. This workshop will explore innovative methods of learning that harness the power of immersive VR to reimagine professional development for the front line in human services.
We will discuss how these applications have worked in improving capacities of child welfare workers and what opportunities lies forward for future development.

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