ProReal avatar therapy for young people

2015 is off to a flying start as we begin work on a major new contract win to develop ProReal’s 3D virtual environment software for avatar therapy with children and young people.

The ProReal software, which we first developed in 2012, enables a coach, therapist or counsellor to work with their clients to create a visual representation of a situation and their relationships. This can then be used to share ideas, identify problems and consider options for change. This new contract will allow us to extend the use of the software as a therapeutic tool for the treatment of people with mental health issues. 

We will be enhancing the existing landscape and adding new features and props to provide additional relevance to young people. We'll also add functionality to the user management system so that therapists can keep clinical records. A ‘guided self-help’ function will enable patients to use the software in their own time. A tablet version will also be developed and the desktop software will be re-architected to allow offline use in settings where internet use is restricted.

We're delighted to be working once again with user experience experts and long-term partner Sutherland Innovation Labs, who will be tasked with conducting user research which will inform our design decisions. We're also bringing in specialist security consultancy, JustASC, to advise on implementing security provisions that comply with NHS security standards. 

The brief is part of ProReal’s ‘avatar therapy for young people’ pilot, which has just been awarded £970,000 by NHS England’s Small Business Research Initiative Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare).Last year, together with ProReal, we successfully delivered a Phase 1 Feasibility Study (also funded by SBRI Healthcare) to evaluate the use of the software with offenders. 

ProReal Ltd, Chief Executive Andrew Jackson said: “This contract enables us to continue and accelerate the valuable work we started last year. The support and counsel we’ve received from SBRI Healthcare and MindTech has been invaluable enabling us to find solutions to unmet healthcare needs. We started working with Corporation Pop because of their virtual world expertise and we’re really excited to be further developing our relationship with them.”