Adult Services Training Academy
eLearnings are a great way to add or increase your knowledge, skills, and competencies
in the Adult Protective Service field regarding best practices, requirements, and
mandates. The Adult Services Training Academy (ASTA) now offers virtual reality, eLearning
APS courses through Embodied Labs. Currently, there are a total of nine labs available.
These are self-paced labs that allow you to experience the stories in a more interactive
way. You can use the Embodied Labs virtual reality equipment to complete the courses
or you can take them directly through your own computer. You will first need to create
an Embodied Labs account using the code associated with ASTA. Please view the tutorial
videos below on how to get started with your virtual reality experience.
Embodied Labs Courses
If you would like to take these courses through Embodied Labs, which provides a virtual reality and interactive experience, please reference the tutorial guides below on how to get started.
Embodied Labs Tutorials
Virtual Reality Labs
In this lab, you'll embody Alfred, a 74-year-old African American man with macular degeneration and high frequency hearing loss, as he spends time with family, visits the doctor, and receives a diagnosis. As Alfred goes about his daily life, you'll learn how deficits in hearing and vision affect communication and impact emotional well-being.
- We are Alfred: Vision and hearing loss (7:00)
- At The Peripheral (7:42)
In this lab you’ll embody Beatriz, a middle-aged Latina woman, as progressive Alzheimer’s Disease causes changes in her brain. From the onset of symptoms to late stage disease and the transition to residential care, you’ll understand the profound effect Alzheimer’s has on daily life, from processing and cognition to relationships and emotional well-being.
- First Signs: Early-Stage Alzheimer's and Dementia (8:00)
- Progressing Impact: Mid-stage Alzheimer's (11:00)
- Advancing Deficits: Late-Stage Alzheimer's (4:15)
Embody Clay, a 66-year-old veteran with stage IV, terminal lung cancer as he comes to terms with the reality of his diagnosis. As Clay, you'll experience the transition to hospice care, learn the importance of clear, compassionate communication about end-of-life decisions and what to expect in the final days.
- Receiving a Terminal Diagnosis: Conversations between the doctor and family (5:00)
- Transitioning to Home Hospice: Conversations with members of the care team (9:00)
- Last Days: Conversations in the last moments of life (7:00)
In this lab you'll embody Dima, a Lebanese-American immigrant living with symptoms of both Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease, as she transitions from life at home to a residential community. Through this experience, you'll learn to identify the differing symptoms of these two conditions and how to manage care as symptoms evolve.
Choose an Experience:
- A Changing Brain & Body: How symptoms of LBD & PD affect daily life (8:00)
- Making Care Decisions: The unique challenges of LBD & PD (10:00)
- From Home to Community Care: Best practices for handling transitions (10:30)
In this lab, you will embody Eden, a trans woman, and experience a series of personal encounters throughout the lifespan that are typical, defining moments of many older, transgender adults living today. You'll also have the opportunity to jump into the perspectives of additional older LGBT adults to explore the topics of home care, healthcare, family, and housing.
- Becoming Eden: The life story of a 72-year-old trans woman (12:00)
- LGBT Aging: Perspectives of Eden's new community (22:00)
In this lab, you'll embody Frank, a 72-year old man whose wife passed away a few months ago. In the first module, you'll experience the destructive impacts of social isolation and learn how it can overlap with loneliness, poor family relationships and health, and more. In the second module, you'll embody Frank again, but this time you'll see how Frank can have better health, more rewarding relationships, and find purpose again when offered proper support.
- Home, Family & Environment: Recognizing common causes of isolation (7:00)
- Unsuccessful Efforts: Identifying the consequences of isolation (12:00)
- A Second Chance: Creating communities of supportive connection (8:30)
The Elder Safety and Well-Being Lab focuses on preserving physical and psychological health for older adults and their caregivers. Learn to maintain professionalism while assertively advocating for safe treatment of older adults in Intervention and De-escalation. Identify best practices for supporting older adults with a history of trauma by embodying a veteran with PTSD, and see the warning signs and risks associated with compassion fatigue in Caregiver Burnout.
- Caregiver Burnout (7:00)
- Intervention & De-escalation (4:30)
- Trauma Informed Care (6:30)
The Customer Service Lab focuses on personal relationships with co-workers, residents and family members. Experience vulnerability and anxiety as you rely on others for basic human needs in Problem Solving. Identify communication challenges and identify successful approach techniques in Personalized Care, and find ways to build trust and respect with your teammates in Becoming a Team.
- Becoming a Team (7:00)
- Personalized Care (5:00)
- Problem Solving (8:30)
Our newest Immersive Experience allows learners to evaluate health and safety risks by honing their observation, communication, and assessment skills as they embody a social worker performing a series of home visits in response to concerning hotline calls.
- Assessing Client Capacity (7:00)
- Risk Assessment (7:00)