Consider Learning about the Use of Avatars in mental health interventions, coaching and other helping disciplines!
We have been talking about Avatar Therapy for awhile and more and more colleagues are emailing asking for information.
We have a compiled a list of references, links, resources- not in any particular order and not always in APA format, but just as a jumping off place for folks who want to get started.
We hope you find this helpful!
Links of Interest
(Nagel, D. 2009) The Future of Innovation: The Use of Avatars in Psychotherapy
Science Notes 2009 Kate Anthony and DeeAnna Merz Nagel interviewed in Second Life I Am My Avatar
The Metaverse Journal March 30, 2009 Interview – DeeAnna Nagel and Kate Anthony, Online Therapy Institute
InnerWorld Magazine March 2009 Kate Anthony and DeeAnna Merz Nagel interviewed in Second Life Online Therapy Institute
Telehealth World Fall 2008 Article published Health Education and Intervention in a Virtual World (p.8).
Telehealth World Spring 2009 Article published People with Asperger’s Syndrome Learn Social Skills in Second Life.
New Scientist September 18, 2010 The Virtual Therapist Will See You Now
Popular Science December 14, 2010 Virtual Therapists: The Avatar will See You Now
Metanomics: Behavioral Therapy in Virtual Worlds October 28, 2009 http://www.slideshare.net/WeAreRemedy/metanomics-october-28-transcript
Drexel University: Social Anxiety Treatment Using Second Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYYc9Dk2NQk
Suler, John. 1999). Avatar Psychotherapy. WWW: http://www.rider.edu/~suler/psycyber/avatarther.html
Dick Dillon- Receives $865,000 grant from SAMSHA for treatment in virtual worlds http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2010/10/treatment-center-gets-865000-for-second-opensim-project/
Walter Greenleaf http://www.virtuallybetter.com/ and http://www.inworldsolutions.com/
David Stone http://augmentedrealitytherapy.com/
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research http://jvwresearch.org/page/home
TILT Magazine: Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology– each issue offers an article related to Second Life and/or Virtual Worlds. http://www.onlinetherapymagazine.com
Online Therapy Institute: Level III Certificate Training in Avatar Therapy coming in 2011. https://www.onlinetherapyinstitute.com/online-training/
References and other Resources
Gorini, A., Fasano, A. I., Gaggioli, A., & Vigna, C., & Riva, G. (2008). A second life for telehealth: Prospects for the use of virtual online worlds in clinical psychology. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 6, 13-19.
Anthony, K. (Ed.) (2003), Information technology: future therapy stories. Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal. 14 (9)
Goss, S. & Anthony, K. (2002). “Virtual Counsellors – Whatever Next?” Counselling Journal, 13 (2) 14-15
Nagel, D.M. (2009). People with asperger’s syndrome learn social skills in second life. Telehealth world. Spring. p.1.
Nagel, D.M. (2008). Health education & intervention in a virtual world. Telehealth world, Fall, p.8.
Wilson, J. (2010). Using virtual reality to conduct a therapeutic relationship. In K. Anthony, D.M. Nagel & S. Goss (Eds) The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice. Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
Riva, G. (2010). Using virtual reality immersion therapeutically. In K. Anthony, D.M. Nagel & S.Goss (Eds) The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice. Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
Nagel, D. (2010). “Avatar Therapy,” In Connect: Newsletter of the Mental Health Informatics Group, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. Vol 17 (1): 9. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/ConnectAutumn2010.pdf
Using Avatars for Roleplay in Education: http://www.kognito.com/atrisk/index.html and corresponding study: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/01/prweb4962914.htm