The free clinical guide for mental health professionals covers the fundamental concepts of why and how to apply VR in your therapy.
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A complete document created by psychologists and VR experts that contains scientific concepts, benefits, clinical cases, intervention protocol, how are VR Therapy in every session, and frequently asked questions to apply VR to treat multiple mental conditions.You will learn:
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1. What is virtual reality and how to apply it in therapy
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are part of the so-called Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and can be defined as a set of three-dimensional environments with which a person interacts in real-time, which generate a sense of immersion similar to that of a real situation. Sense of presence and interaction with the environment are, in fact, the characteristic components of technology. In psychotherapy, virtual environments allow us not only to reproduce relevant stimulation configurations for mental health intervention but also the possibility of manipulating certain variables in order to control and adapt the intervention to our patient’s characteristics. This technology allows us on certain occasions to work in a way that cannot reproduced in actual life. It is a tool that can facilitate the application of psychological evaluation and intervention protocols. However, it is essential to point out that ICTs alone do not produce a therapeutic change. Therefore, the use of past environments within psychological evaluation and intervention protocols that have shown empirical evidence is essential (for an overview, see, for example, Daset, Lilian R. and Cracco, Cecilia, 2013). Research in psychology already has a broad empirical base that includes virtual reality or augmented reality protocols, which have proven their therapeutic efficiency (see, for example, Botella et al., 2012) ....