Big Thinking: When psychotherapy meets virtual reality



Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 - 8:45


Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block


Virtual reality as an effective treatment of mental disorders? Sounds like pure science-fiction. Yet, this technological future is here. Studies show that half of Canadians are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder at some point in their lives, while only a minority receives effective treatment. Virtual reality and videoconference psychotherapy have arisen as promising new tools in our arsenal to effectively provide accessible treatments.

What can Canadians expect to see as computer science, 3D modeling and psychology are integrated, moving research from science-fiction to mental health clinics across Canada?

Join Stephane Bouchard, from the Université du Québec en Outaouais and Canada Research Chair in clinical cyberpsychology, as he explores how better understandings of effective treatments and technology can be applied to treating anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and more. Giving an overview of recent developments in clinical applications of virtual reality and telehealth, Dr. Bouchard will offer insights into what Canadians should expect in our very near technological future.

This Big Thinking breakfast is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and is sponsored by the Canadian Psychological Association.

This presentation will be in French.

RSVP by March 18, 2013.