Psychotherapists' and patients' attitudes towards Serious Games in psychotherapy in Australia

About this study

This research project is an online survey investigating attitudes of clients and mental health clinicians into the use of Serious Games in treating mental health issues.

This research project has been redesigned from its original study (based in Germany) for use in Australia. The researchers of the original design are included in this study as external collaborators (Acceptance of Serious Games in Psychotherapy: An Inquiry into the Stance of Therapists and Patients, Eichenberg et al).

What are Serious Games?

o These are video games that do not have entertainment as their primary purpose and necessarily include an educational component. There is evidence emerging that Serious Games can be effectively used in various healthcare settings, for example, to train cognitive skills or treat depression/anxiety.

o The two examples that are discussed in this survey are SPARX and SCOTT.

o Client survey: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=A4J9XJH8YR

o Clinician Survey: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=387H4YDRMJ

The recruitment involves emailing professional and volunteer organisations and advertising the survey with flyers designed by the author (Please see Appendix 1 and 2). The recruitment targets respondents in the category of “client” or “mental health clinician”. The data is collected anonymously from these responses and later collated and analysed.

Research TeamDr S Mahon-Daly, Dr N Jeyasingam
InstitutionUniversity of Sydney
Ethics Approval Number2019/338
Funding SourceNo funding
Project Start Date16 July 2019
Project End Date16 July 2020
ParticipantsParticipants are either:
1. Clients who have had some form of psychotherapy or currently receiving some form of psychological therapy
2. Clinicians who practise some form of psychological therapy in their everyday practice

Participants are between the ages of 18-85, and must live in Australia.
Whats InvolvedThe online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. It asks for questions revolving around the use of technology and how willing clients or clinicians would be in utilising these for psychologically informed care.

The data from each person is collected anonymously.
LocationOnline and based in Australia. Authors based in Sy
Contact Details

sean.mahondaly@health.nsw.gov.au

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