Role Play Exercises to Address High-Risk Behaviors

Tools to Strengthen Families and Communities

Role play exercises of home visits involving families with high-risk behaviors replicate real work scenarios and involve a cycle of practice, feedback, discussion and practice again. Family service supervisors and family workers will build their skills and confidence by using these role play exercises to simulate how they may interact with and support families living in a variety of high-risk situations. Role plays contribute to constructive staff development by placing an emphasis on training followed by practice and coaching.

The following information is provided courtesy of the National Program Office of Free to Grow, Mailman School of Public Health.

Each role playing exercise includes a description of the general situation and a more specific “immediate situation.” In some, there are additional notes for individuals who will be playing specific family members. These notes are not intended to be shared with the group as a whole. Role Play Exercises to Address High-Risk Behaviors» [PDF, 1MB]

See also:
    Tools to Strengthen Families and Communities [PDF, 20MB]

Role Play Exercises to Address High-Risk Behaviors. Tools to Strengthen Families and Communities. National Program Office of Free to Grow, Mailman School of Public Health. DHHS/ACF/OHS. 2006. English.

Last Reviewed: February 2010

Last Updated: September 8, 2015