Computer simulation and virtual reality: Enhancing the practice of school social work

Paul R. Smokowski, Katie Hartung

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    Computer-simulation and virtual reality (VR) are two sophisticated computer applications that have great potential to enhance school social work practice. Computer simulation and VR technologies have been harnessed for entertainment and business purposes, but their power for teaching pro-social skills to children and adolescents has not been adequately utilized. This article discusses current developments in applying computer simulation and virtual reality to the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. A number of computer simulation and VR programs are reviewed, barriers to implementation are discussed, and recommendations for school social work practice are proposed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5-30
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
    Issue number1-2
    StatePublished - 2003


    • Computer-assisted learning
    • Health promotion
    • Prevention
    • Simulation
    • Skills training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Computer Networks and Communications


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