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University of Cambridge research project: Bridging the ChASM: Creating Accessible Services using Minecraft

About the project

I've teamed up with Monique Beckett and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge to explore the use of Minecraft in counselling.

Monique Beckett and I first met when she approached me for consultancy on setting up a counselling service using Minecraft. We connected over our shared passion for using Minecraft in counselling. Her Master's dissertation at the University of Cambridge focused on ‘Using Minecraft to build therapeutic relationships’. Together, we launched the ‘Bridging the ChASM’ project to showcase Minecraft as a powerful therapeutic tool.

With support from Dr Fiona Peacock and Dr Ros McLellan within the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, we secured funding and created two films demonstrating how Minecraft can make counselling engaging and accessible. These films feature example sessions with children, a young person, a group, and a family.

This project has been a labour of love over many hours and months. We're proud to make these films freely available online - help us spread the word by sharing them with others!

Find out more about the Bridging the ChASM project here: https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/research/programmes/chasm/

The Introductory film (above) explains more about the Bridging the ChASM project and the use of Minecraft in counselling.The Guide film (below) takes an in-depth look at using Minecraft therapeutically and provides examples of how we have used Minecraft in counselling sessions with individual children and young people, groups and families.

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