Standardized Clients: An Innovative Approach to Practice Learning

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Author(s): 
Millar, M.
Publication: 
Social Work Education
Volume number: 
21
Issue number: 
6
Year: 
2002
First page number: 
663
Last page number: 
670
Country: 
USA

Standardized clients are lay persons trained to portray clients realistically and in a reproducible fashion so students can interact with a 'client' that does not vary from encounter to encounter. This educational technique has received minimal attention in social work education. The development and utilization of a standardized client case for students in a generalist MSW program is described. Potential uses for standardized clients and future learning opportunities are discussed.