Evaluating a Prototype for Geo-referenced Collaborative Psychotherapy with Mobile Devices

  • Luís Carriço
  • Gustavo Zurita
  • Marco de Sá
  • Nelson Baloian
  • João Faria
  • Isabel Sá
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6257)


Social competency training, as part of psychotherapy, for children and teenagers, requires them to engage on outdoor activities in which they have to complete tasks such as talking to someone or visiting a specific place. Currently, the inability for therapists to monitor their patients, to promote collaborative efforts and to reinforce positive attitudes is a major issue that affects both the therapy process and its results. In this paper we present an evaluation experience of a mobile prototype for a geo-referenced collaborative system that supports in-situ group therapy. The system aims to provide means for therapists to monitor their patients, their locations and achievements and includes communication mechanisms that facilitate cooperation between patients and therapist. We describe the concept behind the project, our initial low-fidelity prototypes and the experiments that were undertaken to validate them. Initial results are discussed and future work is defined.


Prototyping Collaborative Psychotherapy Geo-referenced systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luís Carriço
    • 1
  • Gustavo Zurita
    • 2
  • Marco de Sá
    • 1
  • Nelson Baloian
    • 3
  • João Faria
    • 4
  • Isabel Sá
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Management Control and Information SystemsUniversidad de ChileChile
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversidad de Chile 
  4. 4.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of LisbonPortugal

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