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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Depth and Digital in Conversation: Practicing Marriage and Family Therapy Directly With Video Game Avatars
by Roan, Robert, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 55; 10261875
Abstract (Summary)

Some psychotherapy clients have created video game avatars whose lives in virtual worlds include imaginal material and therefore invite depth psychological consideration. Using hermeneutic, alchemical hermeneutic, and artistic-creative methodologies, this thesis expands the conception of the therapeutic container to include these worlds and characters. The research explores how depth psychology can help Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists integrate their clients’ virtual lives into therapy. A literature review examines the ways computer simulations are different from other activities and describes a postmodern realm where identity is an experiment in a multiplicity of simulations that are both rich and ideological. A multicultural approach is taken in order to treat clients’ avatars and their worlds with dignity and involves an attempt to understand the cultures of technology, digital systems, and video worlds. The author proposes both an overall attitude toward and specific interventions for incorporating the virtual realm into psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
Commitee: Elliott, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology, Counseling Psychology, Sociology
Keywords: Avatars, Computer games, Depth psychology, Futurism, Online, Technology
Publication Number: 10261875
ISBN: 978-1-369-68277-9
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