Bringing the client and therapist together in virtual reality telepresence exposure therapy

Roberts, DJ, Fairchild, AJ, Campion, SP, Garcia Jimenez, AS and Wolff, R 2016, Bringing the client and therapist together in virtual reality telepresence exposure therapy , in: 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technology, 20-22 September 2016, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Abstract

We present a technology demonstrator of the potential utility of our telepresence approach to supporting tele-therapy, in which client and remote therapist are immersed together. The aim is to demonstrate an approach in which a wide range of non-verbal communication between client and therapist can be contextualised within a shared simulation, even when the therapist is in the clinic and the client at home. The ultimate goal of the approach is to help the therapist to encourage the client to face a simulated threat while keeping them grounded in the safety of the present. The approach is to allow them to use non-verbal communication grounded in both the experience of the exposure and the current surroundings. While this is not new to exposure therapy, the challenges are: 1) to do this not only when the threat is simulated; and 2) when the client and therapist are apart. The technology approach combines immersive collaborative visualisation with free viewpoint 3D video based telepresence. The potential impact is to reduce dropout rate of exposure therapy for resistant clients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Contributors: Sharkey, PM (Editor) and Rizzo, AA (Editor)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies
Publisher: University of Reading
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Depositing User: Prof David J Roberts
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 09:35
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 16:36
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42852

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