Week 16 – Human Needs

credit: https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

Week 16, and I’m calling all the way back to the classic hierarchy of needs. It’s a really useful starting point for refocusing my projects goals on more therapeutic grounding. In my opinion your mental health can affect every segment of this pyramid and that’s why being able to improve and heal your mental status is such an crucial part of life. I’ve decided to focus on the form of therapy offered under the Scottish NHS, especially CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) group therapy. I think instead of having the aim of helping people explore who they are it is a much more focused goal to help people become more mentally healthy in general. Both CBT and DBT are perfect for this as they don’t focus on why you are hurting or why you are attending therapy, they’re much more focused on teaching you skills that help you cope regardless of what has happened to you in the past. This also allows them to be applicable to many people, regardless of where they come from which fits my goal of the project.

I’m influenced by my own experience of group based CBT and I would really like to draw on that first hand knowledge to cement my product in a real setting. To avoid reiterating something I’m already familiar with I have chosen to instead design the product with DBT in mind instead. I’m thinking about creating an object where you can record your therapeutic experiences in a more enjoyable way than the WordArt infested comic sans bearing worksheets that are currently widely used. I want to create a precious object that a therapy user can develop over their eight week block and enjoy using and referring to over and over again in the future. I hope to express these ideas in a more formal form in my Mk1 prototype presentation which is coming up in 4 weeks.