About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 Dec 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This webinar is a unique chance to review the current use of augmented and virtual reality technologies (AR/VR) for mental health and their clinical and ethical implications. Join experts in this session for a valuable overview of the clinical applications of AR/VR and their ethical implications. This session will allow delegates to learn about the application of AR/VR technologies and to develop their own stance on the use of these technologies for mental health.

International experts will specifically present on the current use of AR/VR technologies with regards to:

  • Anxieties and phobias
  • Eating disorders and body dismorphic disorder
  • PTSD
  • Psychosis and paranoia

There will be a critical commentary on the clinical and ethical implications of AR/VR technology followed by discussion and audience questions.

During this webinar you will:

  • Learn the ways in which AR/VR is applied in anxieties and phobias 
  • Understand the ways in which AR/VR is applied in eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder 
  • Know the ways in which AR/VR is applied in PTSD 
  • Learn the ways in which AR/VR is applied in psychosis and paranoia

This webinar is CPD accredited. 

This is an episode of a series of Mind Matters webinars presented by the RSM Psychiatry section. 

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


Standard pricing available until 08 December 2021.


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£0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

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Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£22.00 £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £11.00


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Welcome and introduction

Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies

Anxieties and phobias

Cristina Botella, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Universitat Jaume I, Instituto Salud Carlos III

AN and BDD

Giuseppe Riva, Humane Technology Lab, Catholic University, Milan, Italy 

PTSD: JoAnn Difede 

JoAnn Difede, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

Psychosis and paranoia

Alexandre Dumais, Assistant Clinical Professor Faculty of Medicine,  Department of Psychiatry and Addictology

Panel discussion

Kim Bullock, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Practice, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Stéphane Vial, Philosopher and Clinical Psychologist


Close of meeting



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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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