Exposure Therapy in Inpatient Treatment: Exploring Virtual Reality Opportunities

With Anna Martin, MA, RP & Haley Stevenson, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Exposure therapy is a psychological treatment that was developed to help people confront their fears. When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid the feared objects, activities or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, over the long term it can make the fear become even worse. In such situations, exposure therapy may be recommended, in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and fear. In this form of therapy, clinicians create a safe environment in which to “expose” individuals to the things they fear and avoid. The exposure to the feared objects, activities or situations in a safe environment helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance. Exposure therapy can be offered using a number of different methods, including exposure to feared stimuli through the use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

Join Anna Martin, Clinical Manager and Haley Stevenson, Occupational Therapist of EHN Guardians Gateway, on Thursday, May 30th between 12-1pm EST as they further explain exposure therapy and the opportunities for Virtual Reality to be incorporated into exposure therapy treatment.  

Date: Thurs, May 30, 2024
Time: 12pm – 1pm EST

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about what exposure therapy is and why it can be used to support the treatment of those struggling with PTSD and/or Anxiety
  • Understand how exposure therapy is incorporated into treatment at EHN Guardians Gateway
  • Understand how Virtual Reality (VR) is incorporated into the exposure therapy programming at Gateway
  • Review and discuss case examples of Virtual Reality (VR) exposure therapy in treating avoidance of feared stimuli

Please note that we will not be offering continuing education credits for this webinar. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].