2015 AAPB Webinar 2: Biofeedback and Virtual Reality
Presented by Robert Reiner, PhD, BCN, BCB, Executive Director/ Founder, Behavioural Associates
No CEU's available for this recording.
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Virtual reality is now considered the gold standard for exposure training in the treatment of phobic anxiety. Success rates climbed from 60% to over 90% when biofeedback training (RSA/HRV) was added to the virtual reality protocol. Mean lengths of treatment for the two most common requests from our patients (fear of flying and public speaking phobia) is 12 to 16 sessions. Back in the 90's many healthcare professionals shied away from purchasing early virtual reality hardware and software systems because of the expense, which was over $15,000. We have figured out strategies to easily build "exposure" systems that now cost less than $1,000. Professional therapists completing this training will be able to incorporate Virtual Reality and Biofeedback into their practices, a skill set both immensely rare and valuable. It is estimated that less than a handful of mental health professionals in all of New York City offer these powerful strategies and fees typically reflect this. Hourly fees are two to three time higher than for conventional psychotherapy. More importantly, it is very gratifying to get results with near certainty, and in a timely fashion.
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:
- The history of virtual reality and Biofeedback will be summarized
- Treatment choices and how protocols are developed will be explained
- Virtual Reality is much more accessible because of the decrease in price, typical of technology fees dropping
- Length of patient treatment (usually 12-16 sessions). How is this determined? And how do you know when it's time to tell patients they can fly; they have no way of knowing that their brains have changed.
- What types of home practice are necessary and why is this mandatory?
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Robert H. Reiner, Ph.D, Executive Director and founder of Behavioral Associates, has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his Ph. D. in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital. His faculty appointment in the dept of psychiatry at NYU Medical Center has lasted more than 35 years. Dr. Reiner is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and virtual reality therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying as an innovator in virtual reality therapy. National Geographic produced a forty minute documentary of his work getting a phobic patient to fly again (www.behavioralassociates.com).