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Exploring the Frontier: Virtual Reality as a Tool in Treating Substance Use Disorders (webinar)

Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive technology that creates a simulated experience. Unlike traditional media, such as television or computer screens, VR offers a three-dimensional (3D) experience. One of the remarkable aspects of VR is Social VR, which allows individuals to interact with each other in 3D virtual spaces in real-time. This interaction is facilitated through the use of 360-degree immersive content and head-mounted displays, providing a sense of presence and realism in virtual interactions.

Dr. Clingan's presentation will delve into the current state of VR technology, particularly focusing on its application in treating substance use disorders. The presentation will explore how VR can be utilized in therapeutic settings, offering insights into both the proven benefits and potential applications of VR that have yet to be fully explored or tested. This exploration will include examining how VR can simulate various environments and scenarios, which could be instrumental in developing new treatment strategies for substance use disorders.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of how virtual reality (VR) can be integrated into therapeutic settings for treating substance use disorders. 
  2. Participants will be equipped to identify and understand both current and potential future applications of virtual reality (VR) in the treatment of substance use disorders. 

About the presenter: 

Sarah E. Clingan, Ph.D. is an Associate Project Scientist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Clingan received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use from the University of California, San Diego, and completed 2-years of postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2022. Dr. Clingan has been involved in substance use research and/or substance use treatment for over 15 years. Dr. Clingan started in the substance use field as a drug and alcohol counselor where she provided direct behavioral treatment to patients with substance use disorders. Dr. Clingan’s current research broadly aims to investigate and develop novel treatment approaches for people with substance use disorders.

Starts: Jan. 24, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 24, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
January 24, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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