Trauma-Informed Virtual Reality Learning Environment

­This Virtual Reality Learning Environment (VRLE) is designed to educate students on how trauma-informed (TI) principles can be integrated into the physical environments of human service agencies. Background: The evolution and availability of new…

­This Virtual Reality Learning Environment (VRLE) is designed to educate students on how trauma-informed (TI) principles can be integrated into the physical environments of human service agencies.

Background:

The evolution and availability of new technologies that are user-friendly and less costly than previous systems have made it possible to integrate VR and VRLEs into educational programs.  Social work training programs can benefit from VR by immersing students into common social work environments from inside the classroom and subject the students to testing for their trauma-informed training.

Technology Overview:

A VRLE has been created to immerse social work students into environments familiar to their work (mental health clinics, schools, child welfare, human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses).  The simulation then walks them through scenarios that require trauma-informed practices.

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Advantages:

The simulation teaches the basic principles of the trauma-informed approach.  It teaches users to recognize common signs and symptoms of trauma for clients, families, as well as staff.  It teaches users to respond by integrating such knowledge into policies, procedures, and practices. Most importantly, it helps prevent the retraumatizing of clients and staff through the provision of services.

Applications:

Social work, school counseling, prisons, nursing

Intellectual Property Summary:

Copyright.

Stage of Development:

TRL 8

Licensing Status:

Available for licensing.

Website:

https://suny.technologypublisher.com/tech/Trauma_Informed_Virtual_Reality_Learning_Environment

Contact Information:

TTO Home Page: https://suny.technologypublisher.com

Name: Evan Witmer

Title: Technology Assessment Specialist

Department: Technology Transfer

Email: evanwitm@buffalo.edu

Phone : (716)645-8181