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      Can we Introduce Mindfulness Practice through Digital Design?

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      The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      12 - 14 September 2012

      Mental Wellbeing, Mindfulness, DBT, BPD, Emotional Design, Interaction Design, User Experience

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            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.

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            Conference
            September 2012
            September 2012
            : 1-4
            Affiliations
            [ 1 ]Newcastle University
            [ 2 ]Northumbria

            University
            [ 3 ]Calderstones Partnership

            NHS Foundation Trust
            [ 4 ]Microsoft Research

            Cambridge
            [ 5 ]University College

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            10.14236/ewic/HCI2012.81
            a5b8223d-db1e-4866-9c8c-fd75c597d49d
            © Anja Thieme et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK

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            The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
            HCI
            26
            Birmingham, UK
            12 - 14 September 2012
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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