The University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work is looking for teens, 14-17 and currently in foster care, who want to connect in virtual reality for peer support.
In a collaboration between Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) and the UK’s School of Social Work, participants meet for six weeks in sessions co-facilitated by both licensed clinicians and former foster youth. One group is designed specifically to support teens who identify as LGBTQ.
With in-person support groups shut down by COVID, virtual support has become more accessible. Virtual reality meetings mean teens have a safe, compassionate environment to share with one another and receive peer support.
The new program means homebound teens or those with social anxiety can connect with mentors and peers. The program is also available to teens living in rural areas, those with busy schedules and teens who prefer anonymity.
The College of Social Work will provide all the necessary equipment. Participants are also eligible to receive a financial incentive after completing the series and providing feedback. Visit ASK Teens VR for more information and to sign-up. https://socialwork.uky.edu/centers-labs/training-resource-center/adoption-support-for-kentucky/ask-teens-vr/
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