225 – The New World of Clinical Virtual Reality

Rizzo, Skip 2016
A Visit to the Future of Therapy Practice

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, you’ll see a hands-on demo if the PTSD treatment system and also learn 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 companenets of the technology in such a fashion as to be considered “the ultimate Skinner box.”

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, is a psychologist and research professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He directs the Medical VR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technolgies where he researches the design, development, and evaluation of VR systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment/treatment, rehabilitation, and resilience.

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