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AVATAR TEACHES SOCIAL WORKERS HOW TO TALK WITH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETS – Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo (video)

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“Lieutenant Rocco’s recently returned from deployment in Iraq and he’s having trouble acclimating. He sits near the edge of a sofa in his social worker’s office, still dressed in fatigues, and sporting a buzz cut. Even though he says he’s okay, he admits to getting flack from his boss about his lack of productivity and that he’s arguing with his wife. “There are things I don’t want to talk about with her. Things I can’t get out of my head,” he says.

The more you listen in on Lieutenant Rocco’s session, the easier it becomes to forget the slightly odd cadences of his speech and the blocky outlines of his clothing which point out that the Lieutenant isn’t a real person. He’s a digital avatar designed to be a training tool as part of University of Southern California School of Social Work’s curriculum for the Master of Social Work degree with a Sub-concentration in Military Social Work. A virtual patient like Lieutenant Rocco teaches prospective counselors how to deal with soldiers returning from duty where they may have witnessed life-altering atrocities.”

BY LYDIA DISHMAN at Fast Company

Images/video courtesy USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1648674/avatar-teaches-social-workers-how-talk-iraq-and-afghanistan-vets

More info: USC Institute for Creative Technologies Medical Virtual Reality Lab – Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo
http://medvr.ict.usc.edu/projects/

Soldiers being cured of PTSD with new virtual reality treatment (CTV News) with Dr “Skip” Rizzo, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

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“At the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, they are helping treat soldiers with virtual reality simulations.

You strap it to your head and that puts you inside a first-person shooter video game,” says Mitic to Kevin Newman Live. He is the same soldier who made it to the finals of The Amazing Race Canada. He is a double amputee after stepping on a landmine, but doesn’t have PTSD. He flew to Los Angeles with Vice Canada to do a documentary with Vice’s tech site Motherboard on new PTSD treatments. “Once you are inside there are sounds and scents. It goes back to immersion therapy or stress inoculation; you are immerged in what caused your trauma. A therapist is there to talk you through it.”

Read more: http://knlive.ctvnews.ca/soldiers-being-cured-of-ptsd-with-new-virtual-reality-treatment-1.1733643

More info: Dr Rizzo – Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California http://ptsdtech.ict.usc.edu

Using virtual reality to conquer fears of sexual assault (Dr. Stephane Bouchard)

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Their lab at the University of Quebec in the Outaouais has re-created realistic scenarios to help these victims face their fears in a virtual world”.

Read more: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/using-virtual-reality-to-conquer-fears-of-sexual-assault-1.1754392#ixzz2y7RB72dG