SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
Peter Ducharme, MSW '08, was featured in the Boston Globe for his work with a video game prototype used in therapy to help children develop anger management skills.
Ducharme, a clinical social worker in the department of psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is running the study. While playing the video game, trial patients wear a monitoring clip that allows them to succeed at the game only when their pulse dips below a resting rate. Ducharme teaches players deep breathing techniques that bring down their heart rates.
"If they're getting better at controlling their physiological reactions in the game, they should be better able to control their reactions outside of the game,’" Ducharme said in the article. Additional simulations and features will be added as the clinical trial progresses.