Gaming for Good: How to Incorporate Video Games and Digital Technology into your Therapeutic Practice

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This webinar will discuss techniques to integrate current popular gaming technologies into your child life practice. Using photos, videos, and case studies, the presenter will demonstrate how to successfully assess and implement therapeutic interventions that include procedural support, rapport building, peer-to-peer social interaction, chronic pain management, self empowerment, legacy building, and coping. The presenter will also discuss best practices when using gaming technology and how to identify what technology is best for your hospital needs. 

Participants will be able to:

  • -Articulate ways that technology can enhance child life practice
  • -Identify at least two gaming technologies and ways to integrate them into their current therapeutic practice
  • -Identify at least two gaming technologies that would be compatible with their current hospital environment
  • -Describe best practices for the use of gaming technology in the hospital setting

Suggested Domain: Intervention

This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

J.J. Bouchard


J.J. Bouchard is a Certified Child Life Specialist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and the patient technology coordinator at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has over ten years of experience integrating gaming technology into his child life practice. In 2015, J.J. founded the patient technology program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, the first in the world to bring recreational virtual reality to the patient bedside on a daily basis. The program gained international fame for its integration of the AR app “Pokemon Go” into the hospital’s therapeutic environment. J.J.'s work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, USA Today, and Tech Crunch. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including South by Southwest, the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, the Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, and Penny Arcade Expo. 


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7 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available