Practice Skills Lab

!! Until further notice, due to COVID-19 the Practice Skills Lab is unavailable for use !!

Information found on this page does not apply for fall 2020.

The primary purpose of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work’s Practice Skills Lab is to provide students with a state-of-the-art technological environment that fosters learning, offers an arena for demonstration of skill acquisition and promotes professional social work practice.

Technology available in the Lab offers students and faculty the opportunity to videotape simulation exercises, role plays and other courses assignments designed to help students learn best practices and skill development.

On this page, you will find information on lab hours, obtaining technology assistance, guidelines for lab use and a link to scheduling a lab room. The Practice Skills Lab is only for use by students in Social Work courses under the direction of a Social Work instructors.


Students may now schedule time with the Practice Skills Lab! See PSL Room Reservations at the bottom of this page for instructions.


***We are not doing evening reservations at this time***

If you schedule an evening appointment and find yourself locked out of the School of Social Work building, please call 608-890-0233 for assistance.

The Practice Skills Lab on the 4th floor of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work building is a private space – entering the floor without a reservation may trigger an alarm. Always use the elevator. If the elevator is broken, call 608-890-0233 to make sure the floor is unlocked, or check with a staff member.

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Practice Skills Room Reservations

The Practice Skills Lab has eight rooms available for use. The list below can serve as a guideline for which room you should reserve, depending on how many partners you are working with:

Room 417a: 2 people
Room 417b: 2 people
Room 418: 2-3 people
Room 420: 2-5 people
Room 424: 2-4 people
Room 425: 2-3 people
Room 427: Discussion Lab – Not for Practice Skills Lab use
Room 430: 2-3 people
Room 431: 2-8 people

Fall 2019 Open Hours

Hours may vary from week to week depending on availability of Tech Assistants, and occasional usage by classes.

Due to limited Tech Assistant availability, we won’t have pre-set open hours this year. Please email to reserve lab time between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. The Lab will be opened for you during that time – a Tech Assistant may or may not be available to assist. If you have technical issues and no Tech Assistant is available, see Russ in Room 328.

No open hours available on Saturdays or Sundays, or in the summer.

Ready to schedule a room?
Email the details of when you would like to schedule, which room, and if you have a partner (or partners) working with you, please list their names as well in the email. You will receive a confirmation email when you are added to the calendar. Once you have confirmation you can, if you wish, use the Scheduling Guide above to have the video system queue up your recording prior to your arrival. You can then go directly to your recording room, and begin at the appointed time. Alternatively, you can use a computer in the viewing room, or a personal laptop, and begin recording when you arrive.

Note that Lab time may be restricted by classes being held on the 4th floor of the School. The calendar below shows what times are not currently available for Lab use.


If you need technical help while you are using the Lab, please speak with the Lab Assistant, who is located on the fourth floor just past the restrooms. You may also contact them at


  1. Please do not eat or drink in the Skills Lab.
  2. Please do not sit on the tables.
  3. Please put the room back the way you found it when you are done with your work.
  4. Please be sure that the lights are turned off when you are finished with a room.
  5. Please be sure you are not the only person using the lab.  If you do not have a student colleague with you, be sure a lab assistant is working on the floor.
  6. Please note that even if the rooms are not being used, the Skills Lab is not designed for use as study space.

If you have questions or feedback, please email Russ Portier at:


Videos created in the Lab or uploaded to the Lab’s server are not anonymous. Administrators will regularly review videos to ensure the technology is being used appropriately. Cameras and microphones in the Lab space are viewable to anyone with access while the room is not actively recording. Please be aware that conversations held in these rooms may not be private.