What would happen if therapists and social workers could experience the traumas their clients experienced in a visceral, immersive way? How would that change how they approached treatment? A UK-based trial by The Cornerstone Partnership, which strives to use immersive technology for good, tested this very idea.
The team created a VR library of experiences that social workers could access so they could gain a better understanding of the trauma and neglect the children they served had survived. So far, participants think that the approach might be able provide a higher degree of empathy and seriously shift how professionals decide to treat their clients and patients. We love that experiments like this exist and would love to see the potential for social good through interactive and immersive technology keep growing and growing!