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Treasure Hunt - a cognitive-behavioral computer game


Treasure Hunt is a therapeutic video game based on principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). It was developed by Veronika Brezinka at the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Zurich University to support psychotherapists in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children between the ages of nine and 13.

Treasure Hunt is not a self-help game and, therefore, should not be available to children unless they are in psychotherapeutic treatment. The full benefit of a psychotherapeutic game can be realized only if this game is used with the guidance of a therapist.

In order to spread this innovative form of support for child psychotherapy, the University of Zurich has decided to give therapists free access to Treasure Hunt. We hope that users and friends will provide donations to finance the website and to support the development of new versions of the game.

Would you like to use Treasure Hunt in the psychotherapeutic treatment of children?

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Treasure Hunt was developed with financial support from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Technology Transfer Fund of Zurich University.

Weiterführende Informationen

Treasure Hunt counts more than 4000 accredited users in 45 countries!

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Greek Version of Treasure Hunt

The Institute of Behavioral Research & Therapy IBRT in Athens has released the Greek version of Treasure Hunt:

Additional Work Sheets

Homework sheets and additional therapeutic materials can be downloaded from the member area.


Veronika Brezinka
University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Neumünsterallee 9
8032 Zürich


Idea: Veronika Brezinka
Script: Veronika Brezinka
Renderings: Denis Chait
Design: Christoph Wartmann
Music: Wolfgang Güdden
Programming: Markus Ruh, Snarp
Translation: Alena Lotz