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Social Work SimulationOn October 18, the College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Social Work partnered with OIPS to host an on-site simulation in the Volker Hall Sim Center. The simulation consisted of students from the Department of Social Work in UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences and is made possible by federal Child Welfare Title IV-E funding. Three learners participated in the on-site simulation while facilitators and faculty observed the simulation from a nearby conference room. The whole group reconvened after the simulation to discuss and debrief the case. In one case, learners cared for a standardized patient with suicidal ideation. The goals of the simulation were to identify signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and use appropriate safety planning while seeking supervision when working with an adolescent with suicidal ideation. Another case focused on recognition of intimate partner violence (IPV) and effective safety planning and reporting IPV to a social work supervisor. The learners found the simulation valuable and enjoyed being able to interact with standardized patients. Thanks to Mary Jacque Carroll, the course director, and Laurel Hitchcock for coordinating and facilitating this simulation experience.