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    Can we Introduce Mindfulness Practice through Digital Design?

    HCI2012 - People & Computers XXVI

    Proceedings of HCI 2012
    The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction

    Birmingham, UK, 12 - 14 September 2012

    AUTHORS

    Anja Thieme, Jayne Wallace, Paula Johnson, Siân Lindley, John McCarthy, Patrick Olivier & Thomas D. Meyer

    ABSTRACT

    We follow a person-centred, collaborative approach in the development of a set of innovative, interactive artefacts: the Spheres of Wellbeing, designed specifically for women with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and borderline personality disorder, who are living in a medium secure unit of a UK hospital. The women present a very vulnerable and difficult to treat client group due to their extremely challenging behaviours, complex needs and a persistent lack of motivation to engage in therapy. Simultaneously, they have a strong need for attention, care and positively experienced interactions. The paper presents the design and rationale of one of the Spheres: the Heartbeat Sphere, which is intended to encourage the women to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness practice is a vital component of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy; a specialist psychosocial treatment for their condition. Interactions with the Heartbeat Sphere are envisioned to complement their mindfulness skills practice and to enhance their mental wellbeing.

    PAPER FORMATS

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