Virtual Reality (VR) technology has gained increased recognition as an assessment and therapeutic tool with potential to increased ecological validity of interventions in forensic mental health settings. Yet, the full potential of VR has been proven hard to reach in clinical practice, with recurring issues concerning implementation. This presentation will provide an overview of practical applications of VR technology within forensic mental health settings, focusing on how VR can be used successfully to assist patients and staff in the everyday clinical challenges. Practical examples from a large, maximum-security forensic psychiatric clinic in Sweden, where VR over the last years has been used in assessment of paranoid ideations, treatment of aggression and anxiety, and staff training, will be presented.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to understand:
- Evidence for VR interventions in forensic mental health settings;
- Practical examples of VR-assisted interventions specifically designed for forensic mental health settings;
- Implementation of new technology in everyday clinical practice.
Märta is associate professor and clinical psychologist with vast experience from working clinically, in management, and with research in varying forensic mental health settings. Her research concerns risk and desistance factors for persistent aggressive antisocial behaviors, evidence-based practice in forensic settings, forensic neuroscience, and development and evaluation of assessment and treatment methods (including the use of Virtual Reality) in forensic and psychiatric settings. Her emphasis is on applied research that may provide knowledge needed for the prevention, assessment and treatment of mental disorders and aggressive antisocial behaviors.