Minecraft : Survival and Creative

The first article on Minecraft showed how this video game came into the practice, ideas and impressions associated with the practice of this video game in therapy. To go further in the presentation and the reflection that Minecraft brings to therapeutic practice, I first need to present it in a more precise way so that the uninitiated can get an idea of it in order to understand what happens next and so that the initiated can perceive more accurately the technical subtleties in the use of this game. As I wrote previously, Minecraft is one of the so-called “sandbox” video …

Minecraft : the sandbox

Minecraft is the second video game to appear at the firm as a therapeutic mediator, fifteen months after The Sims 3, in February 2013. With the practice of this exercise being now well established, it was time to complete the toolbox in order to offer clients another game that solicits other issues, thereby  proposing the use of other psychological processes. I had already discovered Minecraft several months before, but I had been put off by its cubic graphics, which I found not very engaging, and the relative complexity of the game. Then the Minecraft phenomenon took off—a lot—as I heard …

The Sims 3 : the forerunner

The Sims 3 is the first video game to appear in my clinical practice in December 2011. When I set up as a freelancer in 2005, I knew that if I had to use a video game in a session. it would be this one for two reasons. The first is that I have been playing the game since its release in 2000 with a good sense of the potential in therapy for children; the second reason is that I had read the results of Michael Stora’s work, which showed how relevant the use of The Sims could be. So, …

Therapeutic framework

To lay the foundations for future communications in this blog, I have chosen to write a short article on the therapeutic framework, in the sense of the organisation put in place around this idea of video games in therapy. Other aspects of the therapeutic framework will regularly be addressed directly or referred to in the articles that will feed this blog. 1. Material organisation The practice is organised into separate ‘therapeutic spaces’, each with a separate function: the verbalisation space with two armchairs facing each other, the construction / simulation games area, the drawing / logic and card games area, …

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