A Visit to the Future of Therapy Practice

March 18, 2016 | Washington, DC

Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2016

Since the 1990s, virtual reality (VR) has rapidly evolved from an expensive computer toy into an affordable, increasingly popular clinical tool for assessing, managing, and treating such conditions as anxiety disorders, PTSD, acute pain, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD. In this comprehensive overview of the therapeutic applications of VR, the hands-on demo of the PTSD treatment system shows how to:

  • Enhance exposure therapy with anxiety disorders and PTSD through immersing clients in simulated experiences
  • Add a new treatment dimension to cognitive and motor rehabilitation, as well as pain distraction
  • Use VR for highly interactive clinical training and as an online healthcare support
  • Advance the clinical research and practice by leveraging the immersive and interactive components of the technology in such a fashion as to be considered “the ultimate Skinner box.”