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Therapy in Virtual Spaces

Can virtual reality space be used for counselling and psychotherapy practice? Over the course of the next few paragraphs I hope to show you that they can be. What does it feel like to a client to be present in a virtual space with their therapist and can it feel real enough to be therapeutic. From my experience of virtual spaces I would have to say yes, they are and can be used for therapy. However, this has to be a qualified yes at the moment as there are technical difficulties with software as it currently stands. The need for

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From the phone to the virtual ... a potential idea

In the UK for over 30 years at least LGBTQIA+ community organisations have offered a helpline that people can contact anonymously to find out about health information, support services local to where they are, hate crime reporting and many other services. The services and help that this has given to the LGBTQIA community has saved many lives and this is something that I believe virtual worlds could contribute to widening and improving access to people when and where they need it. Last night I thought about tweeting a poll with the new @LHP_GridOS twitter account about this idea and

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Lighthouse Point Beta grid

Over the last few weeks I have been trying out different projects to test their completeness and assess what is still needed. For example, My Therapy Space was one of the projects and I identified that encrypted voice and chat are the main stumbling blocks for deployment (see my post about here). The beta grid was my next adventure and it is a complete project and will be my main beta grid for trying things out before upgrading my main grid. Below are some details about the beta grid. There are a few web links for the beta grid for

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My Therapy Space a self hosted solution

So here we are the day has finally arrived where the hundreds if not thousands of hours of learning, relearning and unlearning I finally have an almost complete self hosted online therapy practice. It has felt a long and at times out of reach aim to completely self host my own online therapy practice. From this journey My Therapy Space came into being. For the following post to make sense first I need to provide some information about My Therapy Space. First I will describe what My Therapy Space (MTS) the service will be then move on to describe and

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Hypergrid Safari visit (16-11-16)

Welcome to Lighthouse Point (LHP) Grid it is a pleasure to be your host for the first hour of this weeks (16-11-16) Hypergrid Safari excursion. For my show and tell I will be showing two of the educationally focused regions on LHP. The first [LHP VW Basics] is a virtual worlds basics training and the second [LHP Awareness] is a project that I completed as part of my MA in Education in Virtual World at the UWE (University of the West of England), Bristol, UK. A little about Lighthouse Point Lighthouse Point is a project and a collection of regions

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Virtual world education: very much alive at the UWE, UK

The post that follows is a response piece in reaction to the blog post by Patrick Hogan (original post entitled ‘We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life‘ can be found here) that I read on my Facebook news thread. The article as I read ran counter to my recent experience of working towards my Masters in Education in Virtual worlds held at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK) regions in Second Life ™ called Innovation at UWE. SLURL: secondlife://INNOVATION%20AT%20UWE/40/161/27 I was not around for the first hype

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Love and relationships in Virtual Spaces and Places: a personal response

Whilst doing an exercise for my Online Therapy Institute (OTI) training I was inspired by the activity to extend this reflection to my blog and to add a couple of articles to the ones set. The three articles (see below) raise interesting points about relationships in Virtual Worlds and Spaces although they follow the usual utopian/dystopian archetype (either all good or all bad outcomes). I do wonder if the reality lies somewhere between the two extremes. A focus on just the outcomes and consequences of relationships online and virtually is but one part of a wider picture. Tizzi Canucci

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