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Diversity

210: Gay-Positive Parenting

212: Abuse by a Family Member: Immigrants to Canada (Rhudia Letka)


304: Aging and Sexuality


505: HIV/AIDS - Denial & Self-Esteem


701: Developmental Disability - Seeking Independence


702: Parents of Gay or Lesbian Youth - Effects of Disclosure to Parents


800: Risk Factors Facing Gay or Lesbian/Bisexual Youth


802: Intergenerational and Cultural Conflict (Teen)


802B: Intergenerational and Cultural Conflict (Adult)


803: Refugee Student


950: Cross-Cultural Counseling (Toshi Nishihara)


950B: Cross-Cultural Counseling (Yusuf Ahmed)

950C: Cross-Cultural Counseling (Joseph Wong)

 

 


210: Gay-Positive Parenting

A gay father worries about his son’s treatment at daycare, but may be expecting too much of the program when he demands that homophobia among parents be stopped.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, developing trust, demonstrating empathy & professionalism, setting goals, finding collaborative solutions

SIMULATOR ROLES:     Henry Wilson, father of Sam (3)

                                    Gene, his live-in partner

                                    *Note: this simulation can be adapted to work with one simulator as Henry, the father                                          

LEARNER ROLE:          Day Care Supervisor / Social Worker

SETTING:                      Day care centre

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: Sam has lived with his father ever since his parents divorced two years ago.  His mother visits occasionally but does not live in the same city.  Two children in the neighbourhood have stopped coming over since Henry’s new partner moved in. Sam, normally outgoing and well-liked, has come home crying from school. Henry and his partner want to meet with the daycare supervisor to discuss what is happening to Sam.

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212: Abuse by a Family Member - Immigrants to Canada


A frightened woman with no support network is being abused by a family member.  Disclosing the abuse may jeopardize the family’s legal status in Canada.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills (attending, restating, reflecting, supporting), developing trust, maintaining objectivity, ensuring safety, responding to non-verbal cues

SIMULATOR ROLE:         **Rhudia Letkha, mid thirties to early forties, immigrant to Canada

LEARNER ROLE:            Counselor at a community health centre

SETTING:                     Community Health Centre Counseling Office      

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: A distraught woman, Rhudia Letkha has asked to speak with a counselor at the local  community health centre near to her two daughters’ school.  She is here to discuss concerns about her daughter, Khatia, who is recently demonstrating disruptive behaviour.

**Note: this scenario can be adapted for any ethnicity

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304: Aging and Sexuality

Development of this simulation was supported by a grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

An aging woman rediscovers her sexuality with a new partner and has to resolve the conflict between her traditional upbringing and the new directions her life is taking.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  establishing rapport, developing trust, conveying understanding, maintaining objectivity, awareness of personal bias

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Irene Beckett (60+)

LEARNER ROLE:          Counselor/social worker, nurse, gerontologist, nutritionist

SETTING:                      Community Health Centre                              

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Irene Beckett has been attending a support group for women who are dealing with issues of aging and sexuality.  She has requested a one-on-one meeting with a professional to discuss some things that she is currently struggling with.

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505: HIV/AIDS - Denial & Self-Esteem                                   

This simulation was developed in collaboration with Janet Chappell and the Department of Nutrition at Ryerson University.

Douglas was diagnosed as HIV positive three months ago and has been coping with the symptoms. He is still in denial about his health status and conflicted about his sexuality

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  listening skills, responding to non-verbal cues, creating a safe environment, building trust, developing collaborative goals

SIMULATOR ROLE:                   Douglas Starr (25- 35 years old)

LEARNER ROLE:                      Nurse, Registered Dietitian, Social Worker

SETTING:                                  Community Health Centre

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Douglas has made an appointment to see a dietitian. He is

concerned about fatigue and weight gain. He does not present as having

a weight problem as on the surface he seems healthy and trim.

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701: Developmental Disability - Seeking Independence

A young woman with a developmental disability wants more independence while her parents want to shelter her from the world.  A counselor must assess whether she is suitable for a community living project.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  listening skills, developing trust, demonstrating empathy, uncovering

hidden agendas, mediating between parties, finding collaborative solutions

SIMULATOR ROLES:     Maria (23)

                                    Mother, Francesca (50)

                                    Younger sister, Josephine (19)

                                    Note: This simulation may be adapted to include Maria and her mother, or just Maria.

LEARNER ROLE:          Intake counselor/social worker at the Association for Community Living

SETTING:                      Association for Community Living Centre

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Maria has an intellectual disability which prompted a teacher to encourage her to join a community living workshop.  Her parents think she should stay home to look after her aging grandmother and help around the house.

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702: Parents of Gay or Lesbian Youth - Effects of Disclosure to Parents

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  listening skills, establishing rapport, maintaining objectivity, mediating, building trust

LEARNER ROLE:          School social worker/counselor

SETTING:                      School guidance office or community health centre counseling office

Gay Youth:

A young gay student has recently come out to his parents who are extremely upset about this revelation. A school social worker must address the concerns of both the parents and the student.

SIMULATOR ROLES:     Matthew McKinnon (18), gay student

                                    Don McKinnon, father

                                    Beth McKinnon, mother

* please note that this simulation will work with just the parents

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Matthew has just told his parents he is gay. Matthew’s parents, Beth and Don are very concerned about him and have decided they need to see a counselor to discuss their concerns.

Lesbian Youth:

Two parents are upset and worried because their daughter has told them she’s a lesbian.  They are looking for some reassurance from the school social worker/counselor.

SIMULATORS ROLES:              Linda McKinnon (18)

                                                Don McKinnon (46), her father

                                                Beth McKinnon (42), her mother

*please note that this simulation will work with just the parents

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Linda has just told her parents that she is a lesbian and has been dating a woman for four months. Her parents, Don and Beth decide they need to talk to a counselor about their concerns.

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800: Risk Factors Facing Gay or Lesbian / Bisexual Youth

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, responding to non-verbal cues, demonstrating empathy, building trust, creating a safe environment

LEARNER ROLE:          High school social worker/counselor

SETTING:                      High School Guidance Office or Community Counseling Centre

Gay/Bisexual Youth:

Derek is having trouble facing life as a gay youth.  Harassment, drugs, and loneliness are wreaking havoc on his performance in school and his ability to make intelligent decisions.

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Derek Simpson (16 - 18)

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: Derek has been asked to make an appointment with a counselor as teachers are concerned about his absences and declining grades. The counselor is aware of rumours that Derek came out about 2 months ago. 

Lesbian/Bisexual Youth:

Jessica, a gay female student, has been called to the guidance office to discuss her declining academic performance and harassment she endured in the hallways.

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Jessica Burns (17), gay student

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:  Jessica finds herself in the guidance office. Some of her teachers are concerned about her erratic attendance and declining school performance. She has reluctantly agreed to see a counselor if only to get everyone off her back. There have also been a few incidents in the hall – name calling and shouting matches. Her marks are also beginning to jeopardize her post-secondary options.

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802: Intergenerational and Cultural Conflict (Teen)  

This simulation was developed in collaboration with the IESW – Internationally Educated Social Workers Professional Bridging Program

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, responding to non-verbal cues, establishing rapport, creating a safe environment

LEARNER ROLE:          Counselor in a Community Centre, Drop –In Counseling Service

SETTING:                      Outside the Drop-In Counseling Office at a Community Centre

Female Version:

Mira is becoming overwhelmed by the responsibilities of growing up and meeting the expectations of all those around her. Every choice she makes seems to be the wrong one. Her life is one big complicated mess.

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Mira Kulin (16-ish)

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: The counselors have noticed that Mira has been hanging out by the drop-in centre for the last few weeks watching everyone come and go. She seems sad and upset. Finally, a counselor approaches Mira.                                                                           

* Note: Mira can also make the decision to talk to someone and make an appointment

Male Version:                                                                                                  

Milan is becoming overwhelmed by the responsibilities of growing up and meeting the expectations of all those around him. Every choice he makes seems to be the wrong one. His life is one big complicated mess.

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Milan Kulin (16-ish)

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: The counselors have noticed that this young man, Milan, has been hanging out by the drop-in centre for the last few weeks watching everyone come and go. He seems sad and        upset. Finally, a counselor approaches Milan.

* Note: Milan can also make the decision to talk to someone and make an appointment

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802B: Intergenerational and Cultural Conflict (Adult)         

Amelia feels isolated and alone, navigating between tensions at home and the stress of being a student. She also has a shameful secret and no one to talk to.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, responding to non-verbal cues, establishing rapport, creating a safe environment

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Amelia Vega, early 20’s

LEARNER ROLE:          Counselor in a Community Centre, Drop –In Counseling Service

SETTING:                      Outside the Drop-In Counseling Office at a Community Centre

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: The counselors have noticed that this young woman, Amelia,

has been hanging out by the drop-in centre for the last few weeks watching everyone come and go. She seems sad and upset. Finally, Amelia decides to make an appointment.

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803: Refugee Student

A teenager with a troubled family can’t keep her emotions in check.  She needs someone to listen as she adjusts to life in Canada in a tumultuous household and to help her deal with her living situation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  listening skills, demonstrating empathy, creating a safe environment, building trust

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Andrea (15 -17)

LEARNER ROLE:          High school counselor/Social worker

SETTING:                      High School Guidance Office/Community Counseling Office

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS:   Andrea is very quiet and isolated in class.  She burst into tears in the middle of class today and her home room teacher has recommended that Andrea see a counselor.

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950: Cross-Cultural Counseling

Development of this simulation was supported by a grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

This Japanese-born woman is wrestling with conflicting inner desires and self-acceptance.  She feels like life is passing her by, that her “biological clock” is ticking and that she can’t make any positive changes in her life.  Her complex cultural background makes it hard to isolate what she wants from what she should do.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, interviewing skills, responding to non-verbal cues, identifying issues, respecting diverse viewpoints, maintaining objectivity

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Toshi Nishihara (37)

LEARNERS ROLE:        Social Worker / Counselor

SETTING:                      Multi-service Family Agency

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: You are a social worker in a multi-service family agency.  A

37-year old woman has called agency reception and has asked for an appointment with a social worker. When asked by the intake worker why she wishes to get social work help she states that her “biological clock is running out and life is passing her by”.

*Note: This simulation is structured in four stages/ four separate interviews to offer students the opportunity to develop their interviewing skills in depth over time. It can also be structured as one longer interview including material from all interviews. Learning goals and recommended readings are included in the Simulator Package for facilitators’ use. Contact the ISTC Administrator for the package.

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950B: Cross-Cultural Counseling

A young man of South Asian descent finds himself living a double life: conflicted about his duties to his family and his own interests and desires.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, interviewing skills, responding to non-verbal cues, identifying issues, respecting diverse viewpoints, maintaining objectivity

SIMULATOR ROLE:       Yusuf Ahmed (early-30’s)

LEARNERS ROLE:        Social Worker / Counselor

SETTING:                      Multi-service Family Agency

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: Yusuf Ahmed has made an appointment with a social worker at a community health centre outside of his own local community. He feels that his good luck and fortune have run out. Circumstances seem to conspire against him. Everyone around him places demands on him. They want him to be something he is not sure he wants to be. A close friend suggested seeing a counselor as an objective third party perspective may provide Yusuf with some clarity, support and help. The idea of counseling is new and foreign to Yusuf.

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950C: Cross-Cultural Counseling - Joseph Wong

This Chinese-born man is torn between being true to his heart and conforming to the wishes of his family. His complex cultural background and present circumstances make it hard for him to know how to proceed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: listening skills, interviewing skills, responding to non-verbal cues, identifying issues, respecting diverse viewpoints, maintaining objectivity

SIMULATOR ROLE:  Joseph Wong (35)

LEARNER ROLE: Social worker/counselor

SETTING: Multi-service Family Agency

INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS: You are a social worker in a multi-service family agency. Joseph Wong has made an appointment to speak with a counselor, stating only on the phone that he isn’t sure that he’s making good decisions in his life.  His friend directed him to this service, but he’s not sure how it will help.

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