What could the futures of technology for self-care look like?
Current self-care and mental health-related technology are often based on a very medicalised understanding of mental distress that works best in normative, standardised ways that often do not leave space for personal exploration or creative expression.
How could self-care tech look like that encourages human flourishing over “functioning”?
Velvet Spors is a Horizon CDT PhD student at the Mixed Reality Lab, at the University of Nottingham. Her research involves investigating how self-care technology can intersect with humanistic psychology and if there are mutual opportunities for both fields — outside of a medicalised model and towards more expressive, open, and client-co-created technology for holistic healing.
Velvet is keen to invite people working in/around/with humanistic psychology — both practitioners and students-in-training — to speculate about self-care technologies from a humanistic standpoint and imagine its potential futures.
What? A series of inclusive workshops organised by a PhD student from the University of Nottingham.
Who? Open to everybody who works with and uses humanistic and person-centred psychology.
Where? Online, in MURAL (collaborative platform to work together).
Why? To collectively explore humanistic self-care technology (and its potential futures!)
When? August 2020 to September 2020.
Commitment? Between 10 minutes and 2 hours – it’s absolutely your choice!
Reimbursement? £20 shopping voucher
More information can be found at: futures.caring.systems
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