Created for families as well as staff working in group settings, PowerPlay Simulation is a highly immersive, mixed-reality computer simulation using state-of-the art avatar technology.  PowerPlay specifically meets the needs of youth, their families, and those who work with them, and enables users to learn from mistakes and improve performance in a safe environment, without harming real children or family members in the process.

While family counseling and the field of human services has yet to harness the power of computer simulation for staff training, it is widely used in aviation, military,and healthcare fields as a safe and effective method for training staff in high-stress and high-risk situations.  Simulations allow individuals to have repeated trials involving high stakes situations without risk to actual clients.  Mixed-reality, immersive virtual environments combine real and virtual worlds, allowing users to engage in activities without experiencing long term consequences of their actions, safely practicing and learning from mistakes.

Family-centered practice, trauma-informed care, and other philosophies represent advances in the field of youth and family development; however, they are only as effective as the individuals who deploy them. Often, underlying staff power dynamics at play are not addressed, and consequently staff may not fully implement practices. While staff may intellectually adopt a practice, in the face of resistance or confrontation, they return to ingrained patterns of behavior – especially in crisis situations, when emotions run high.

In traditional professional development classroom learning, staff members learn practices removed from context, resulting in knowledge that must be applied, generalized, or transferred to authentic environments in order to be learned. However, with simulation-based learning, learners are engaged in contextualized learning activities.

The power of computer simulation is widely used in aviation, military, and healthcare fields as a safe and effective method for training staff in high-stress and high-risk situations. Simulations allow individuals to have repeated trials involving high stakes situations without risk of loss of valuable resources. Simulator systems have features that allow users to play with reality without experiencing long-term, negative consequences. Exploratory choices can be made that allow the user to try on different scenarios and determine the best outcome.

Created specifically to meet the needs of those who work with youth and families, PowerPlay Simulation allows staff to learn from mistakes and improve performance in a safe environment, without harming real children or family members in the process. PowerPlay provides a customized immersive training experience for your staff using your evidence based intervention model. For more information, read about our research.

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PowerPlay is a trademark of the Simulation Buzz network. Simulation Buzz learning experiences merge over 20 years of socio-communicative training with the cutting edge computer simulation technology of the software platform TLE TeachLivE at the University of Central Florida. Simulation Buzz is not affiliated with or endorsed by the University of Central Florida or TLE TeachLivE. For more information, check out our research.