Inside Relationships - Virtual Reality/Mobile Application (IR-VR)
Our relationships define us. After all it is a related world. Part of what we feel about ourselves is always in relationship to other individuals, our community and the world. For something so important you would think that relationship training would be part of our basic education. Unfortunately, too many times we are left to figure it out by ourselves. We develop whatever skills we have in a haphazard fashion. As a result, relationship issues are always involved in why individuals and couples seek professional help from licensed therapists.
Another cultural theme at the moment is our transition from a cognitive sense of what we should be doing or feeling to an experiential model of mind/body awareness. Although cognitive training is useful as far as it goes, it is now recognized that if you really want to change unwanted habits you must have an experience of what the new habit can offer you. You then need to repeat that experience until it is becomes a natural part of your relating with others.
At precisely the same moment, the capabilities of virtual reality/mobile technology have developed to the point that states of awareness can be achieved where your brain doesn’t know the difference between a real world state and a virtual state. This development is particularly useful when we consider the next step in relationship training. Too literally stand in the shoes of the one you are in relationship with is ground breaking. The IR-VR/Mobile AI program emulates a licensed coaching approach to training relating skills. It's the next step in experiencing the habit change you are desiring.
The Inside Relationships VR/Mobile application is designed to deliver this deep experiential experience using a VR headset while syncing with your cell phone to track program progress and receive reminders of what you have learned.
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Skip Rizzo - Director of Medical VR
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
There are many VR applications being developed for entertainment, medical and travel purposes. The most interesting work we have found to date is being done at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Known for their work in treating PTSD in combat veterans, this lab is experimenting with so much more. Directed by psychologist Skip Rizzo, the lab conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience.
This video is a talk given by Skip in 2019 where he lays out the variety of concepts the lab is researching. In these first efforts we see the beginnings of the future of relationship training and trauma treatment.