Simulation and Interprofessional Education in Social Work Practice


  • Frantz Trent Wichita State University


Interprofessional education, simulation, advanced generalist, social work


Interprofessional Education (IPE) can be defined as “two or more professions learning with,
from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (Hutchings, Scammell, &
Quinney, 2013, p. 359). A theoretical framework for IPE is explored along with various applications for
advanced generalist social work practice. Finally, an IPE healthcare simulation training with a group of
master’s level social work students and undergraduate nursing students from Wichita State University is
described, with potential implications for practice and education.

Author Biography

Frantz Trent, Wichita State University

Trent Frantz is a master’s student in the social work program at Wichita State University, where he
received his bachelor’s in the same field. He is currently participating in the program’s first
ecologically situated practicum experience, organized through the Kansas Sierra Club, where he has
been engaging the needs of the community in relation to their natural environment, including issues
of food security and sustainable production, water access and quality, and environmental advocacy.
Trent is also is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Advanced Generalist Social Work Research
Journal and a board member for the Wichita Area Sustainability Initiative and Kansas Sierra Club,
while working part-time at the Kansas DUI Impact Center as a Victim Advocate. Trent’s primary areas
of interest lie in the areas of community education and empowerment surrounding environmental
issues and concerns, and discovering new ways to restore the connection between people and their
environment in a manner that is deeply meaningful
and reverential.