Adventure game for social workers

‘Virtual veteran’ helps prepare social workers to talk to the real thing

A new program from USC lets social workers hone their counseling skills by interacting with a computer simulated veteran. The first of its kind technology aims to improve how caregivers relate to the growing number of vets struggling with mental health issues. Imagine walking into a room that looks like a therapist’s office and seeing a life-sized projection of a young man staring back at you. That’s Mike Baker, a hyper-realistic computer simulation developed at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He blinks, he fidgets, and social workers can run through hundreds of different scenarios by asking him questions about his life. USC’s Nathan Graeser helped program Baker as part of his work with Center for Innovation and Research. ….[READ]

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