INTEGRATING CLINICAL VIDEO VIGNETTES AND THE ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION BOARD INTO A MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE COURSE: BRINGING THE PRACTICE EXPERIENCE TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

M.S. Laracuente

New York University (UNITED STATES)
This paper discusses the importance of the use of clinical material when teaching social work practice or mental health practice in general. For decades, the case study has been used as well as role playing within the classroom. Now with the advent of new technologies such as electronic chat rooms, academic blackboards and the easy access to shared video viewing, teaching highly theoretical material can become a dynamic, interactive endeavor. Social work practice and mental health practice in general has a slew of educational devices to bring clinical practice experience to life within the classroom. It also has the potential to extend learning well beyond the classroom by engaging students in conversations and thinking exercises that promotes learning and critical thinking as well as cater to various learning styles. Anecdotes of past teaching experiences will be examined delineating the pitfalls and advantages of using these new technologies when teaching a practice course.