Towards a Serious Game for Trauma Treatment

  • Simon Mayr
  • Paolo Petta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8101)


Serious games deliver interactive worlds in support of a wide range of application areas. Addressing the current paucity of scientific empirical studies in game-based psychotherapy, we present a principled concept for the design and deployment of a Trauma Treatment Game aimed at the support of individualised interventions to children suffering from childhood trauma. Focusing on the particular methodological challenges of IT-based psycho-therapeutic support, we detail a domain-general staged process that is fully embedded in a scaffolding of validation and evaluation assessments. We motivate the structural decomposition, explain the nature and requirements of quality insurance measures, identify suitable instruments for their implementation, and specify success criteria and contingency measures.


cognitive psychotherapy trauma treatment Mexican protocol serious game concept design evaluation and validation ethics 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Mayr
    • 1
  • Paolo Petta
    • 2
  1. 1.Sigmund Freud Private UniversityViennaAustria
  2. 2.Austrian Research Institute for Artificial IntelligenceViennaAustria

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