Kitbag for Families works by using principles developed by many of the leading psychologists of our time. These principles include:
It has elements that are helpful in stressful situations inspired by studies of survival against the odds by Laurence Gonzales and others.
Kitbag combines the skill and expertise of psychotherapists with a knowledge and understanding of wellbeing and resilience. A team of designers worked with a range of health professionals to create it.
Its effectiveness lies in combining psychotherapeutic expertise with user-centric design, allowing the user to engage with it experientially, rather than cognitively. It is not a clinical intervention, but a cultural one, engaging with the whole person and evoking a personal response that is intrinsically meaningful for them. The timer encourages people to pay attention to their inter-personal relationships and practise better listening skills.