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Alcoholism - Effects on Leah Durkin (#603B)

Developed with input from Judy Finlay from the School of Child and Youth Care, Toronto Metropolitan University this simulation focuses on the challenges of racial and cultural differences within a family unit.

Mr. George Durkin, a police officer, faces extreme pressures at work. His choice to use and abuse alcohol to manage work pressures affect his family; especially his daughter Leah.

Learning Objectives

  • Clear opening 
  • Acknowledgement
  • Empathy 
  • Active listening 
  • Various questioning techniques 
  • Facilitating discussion 
  • Building rapport and trust 
  • Collaborative solutions

Information for Learners

Leah Durkin, fifteen years-old, has been in the care of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) for the last two months. This has precipitated the need for a Family meeting with all members of the Durkin Family present. As Leah’s call initiated this process it is important to meet with Leah before engaging the whole family to understand the initial circumstances leading to the upcoming family meeting. You are the professional assigned the Durkin Family Case and today is your first meeting with Leah.

Simulation Details

Simulator Role(s)

  • Leah Durkin (fifteen)

Learner Role(s)

  • Child and Youth Worker 
  • Social worker 
  • Nurse 
  • Counsellor
  • Psychologist


  • Meeting room at Children's Aid Society or Community Health Centre

Related Topics 

  • Adolescence and Family Relations 
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion
  • Marriage and Relationships 
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Aging and Personal Well Being