Knowing and Not Knowing: Navigating Uncertainty in Social Work Practice, (2020-2024)

Principal Investigator: Sarah Todd, Co-Investigators: Kenta Asakura, Pamela Grassau

Funded by SSHRC’s Insight Grant, simulation and reflective data will be utilized to explore when and how students and practitioners navigate uncertainty, as well as the similarities and differences in how they engage uncertainty.

Online Assessment of Pandemic-Triggered Traumatic Stress, (2020-2021)

Principle Investigator: Kenta Asakura, Co-Investigator: Amedeo D’Angiulli

Funded by Carleton University’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grant, data will be collected from therapists’ assessment of simulated clients using a Qualtrics survey platform to examine mental health clinicians’ online assessment of stress reactions typical of the current COVID-19 pandemic situations

What Does Critical Social Work Look Like When Sitting with Clients? An Online Simulation-Based Study on Critical Social Work and Direct Social Work Practice, (2019-2021)

Principal Investigator: Kenta Asakura, Co-Investigator: Sarah Todd

Funded by Carleton’s SSHRC Explore Development Grant, this pilot uses simulation as a research methodology to collect preliminary empirical data, and pilot materials and research processes in explicating how one’s commitment to critical social work might be conceptualized and enacted within a clinical practice context.

Evaluating Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Based Simulation in Teaching Social Work Practice, (2018-2021)

Principal Investigator: Kenta Asakura, Co-Investigator: Sarah Todd

Funded by Carleton University’s Teaching and Learning Services, simulation-based teaching methods are being evaluated  for their potential, effectiveness, and limitations, in preparing undergraduate students for future work with clients.

Knowing and Not Knowing: Navigating Uncertainty in Social Work Practice, (2018-2019)

Principal Investigator: Sarah Todd, Co-Investigator: Kenta Asakura

Funded by Carleton’s SSHRC Explore Development Grant this pilot seeks to collect preliminary empirical data, and pilot materials and research processes around how students, new practitioners, and experienced social workers negotiate uncertainty in practice to develop holistic competencies.

Developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Virtual Simulation Platform, (2017-2018)

Co-Principal Investigators: Kenta Asakura and Sarah Todd

Funded by  Carleton University’s Industry & Partnerships Services (IPS), a virtual simulation platform is being developed to teach direct social work practice skills, using artificial intelligence (AI). This project is being conducted in partnership with Ametros Learning Inc.