The UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research recently partnered with Dr. George Richardson in the CECH-Human Services department on a funding proposal that was awarded to develop a working prototype “Virtual Counselor” Cognitive Support System mobile application.
The Virtual Counselor (VC) is a novel computer program that enables users to achieve behavioral change by providing experiential learning via realistic simulations that engage users in cost-effective and safe virtual environments. The VC stands apart from existing computer-based educational and treatment applications because it is content-neutral and applicable to a very broad range of health-relevant behaviors. In addition, the VC outputs graphical depictions of client cognition that can enhance client-professional counselor communication and inform clinical decisions.
For more information, see the project page.