The Family-Oriented Clinical Simulation: An Interdisciplinary Tool for Professional Growth

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

An interdisciplinary, educational technique-the family-oriented clinical simulation-is described and compared and contrasted to other commonly used role-playing techniques. Implications for training and supervision of physical therapists and other health care professionals are discussed, including the technique’s relevance as a vehicle for studying in an applied clinical context the interface of physical disease and its psychosocial manifestations. The article concludes with a description of the benefits and potential disadvantages of the technique.

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