A Psychotherapy Training Environment with Virtual Patients Implemented Using the Furhat Robot Platform

  • Robert JohanssonEmail author
  • Gabriel Skantze
  • Arne Jönsson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10498)


We present a demonstration system for psychotherapy training that uses the Furhat social robot platform to implement virtual patients. The system runs an educational program with various modules, starting with training of basic psychotherapeutic skills and then moves on to tasks where these skills need to be integrated. Such training relies heavily on observing and dealing with both verbal and non-verbal in-session patient behavior. Hence, the Furhat robot is an ideal platform for implementing this. This paper describes the rationale for this system and its implementation.


Psychotherapy Virtual patients Social robots 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Johansson
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gabriel Skantze
    • 3
  • Arne Jönsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Eailab ABStockholmSweden
  3. 3.KTH Speech, Music and HearingStockholmSweden

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