Reality Based Training for New Child Protection Workers
The Zero Abuse Project at St. Paul’s Hamline University is the home of CAST, (Child Advocacy Studies), a national training program for child protection workers and other first responders.
A key part of CAST is “sim” (simulation) labs, which take place in mock houses and courtrooms. There trainees develop skills by interviewing and interacting with professional actors, who portray typical situations they will encounter in the field.
In its 2019 session the Minnesota legislature approved part of the funds requested for a new Child Welfare Training Academy. We hope there will be interest and enough resources to consider implementing sim labs in Minnesota.
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