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Virtual Reality Psychology

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931 C Street, Novato, CA 94949

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“We conclude that VR has the potential to transform the assessment, understanding, and treatment of mental health problems...The capability of VR to simulate reality could greatly increase access to psychological therapies, while treatment outcomes could be enhanced by the technology's ability to create new realities.” - Dr. Daniel Freeman, PhD

Workshop Description: In this workshop participants will learn and experience first-hand the healing potential of virtual reality as a tool for psychological repatterning and healing.

Agenda:

11:00 am Welcome + Introduction
12:00 am Hands-On Experience of VR Applications
1:30 pm Break for snacks and drinks
2:00 pm Break out into process groups for reflection
2:30 pm End

Hardware:

Participants will be using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Go, and Google Daydream headsets and controllers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use a VR headset and controllers
  • Learn about the healing potential of VR for the assessment and treatment of psychological conditions
  • Learn how to reduce elevated states of anxiety and stress with VR
  • Learn how to embody emotions, sensations, ineffable experiences in VR space
  • Learn which experiences are for the consumer versus for use with a clinician

Bio of Facilitators:

Dr. Bruce Pither graduated with honors in the Humanities from Stanford University and received a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship to pursue his Master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Nevada. He also studied for a year at the Université de Nantes in France, and received additional training at the Family Support Project at the Nevada State Hospital, at the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto, at Esalen Institute, and in outpatient services at the Psychological Resource Center in Los Altos, California.

Dr. Pither has been in independent practice for over 25 years. In addition to his psychotherapy practice, Dr. Pither has offered courses in Organizational Communication, Psychological Assessment, and Employee Counseling at NASA and Sierra University. He co-developed an Employee Assistance Program at the Stanford Research Institute and served as a consultant for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He has trained doctoral students in the Employee Assistance Program at El Camino Hospital, Sierra University, and in his independent practice. He is the President of the San Francisco Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA.

Lisa Padilla is the founder and CEO of NewPathVR, a VR company specializing in personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. A 25-year marketer and advertising professional, she has worked in a wide variety of industries and is strongly focused on multimedia, marketing, and product strategy. Lisa's early career started at advertising agencies Foote, Cone & Belding and Euro RSCG. She studied multimedia at Academy of Art, worked on Apple's first social network called eWorld. Lisa has worked directly with Apple, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, LEVIs, Blue Shield of CA, Sequoia Hospital and many startups over the years. She sits on the board of Tech in the Tenderloin, a San Francisco community organization and participates in many other community activities "to introduce VR to the populations who may benefit from it most." She is also a recognized virtual reality artist whose work has been shown in art shows, journals, and articles.

Contact:
Lisa Padilla
CEO, NewPathVR
lisa@newpathvr.com

Bibliography:

Freeman, D., Reeve, S., Robinson, A., Ehlers, A., Clark, D., Spanlang, B., & Slater, M. (2017). Virtual reality in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychological medicine, 47(14), 2393-2400.

Falconer, C. J., Slater, M., Rovira, A., King, J. A., Gilbert, P., Antley, A., & Brewin, C. R. (2014). Embodying compassion: a virtual reality paradigm for overcoming excessive self-criticism. PloS one, 9(11), e111933.

Cheung, K. L., Tunik, E., Adamovich, S. V., & Boyd, L. A. (2014). Neuroplasticity and virtual reality. In Virtual Reality for Physical and Motor Rehabilitation (pp. 5-24). Springer New York.

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