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KVC Institute Showcases Virtual Reality at United Nations Conference

VR technology takes down the walls of traditional ways of learning and opens a world of creative possibilities. The KVC Institute aims to unleash that creativity and maximize human potential.

The KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation’s Technology Innovation Officer, Shawn Gross, will present a workshop entitled, “Virtual Reality in Behavioral Health and Education for Displaced Populations” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Mobile Learning Week Conference on March 22 in Paris, France. Gross will demonstrate new virtual reality (VR) applications for delegates from over 30 countries to show how this new technology can support people’s mental and behavioral health.

The KVC Institute, which is the research, training and consultation arm of KVC Health Systems, is one of the first behavioral healthcare providers to evaluate the use of virtual reality for children and teens affected by trauma, depression and anxiety. KVC has used VR in treatment sessions at KVC Prairie Ridge Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas to allow individuals to practice mindfulness and decrease anxiety.

“Immediately we could see that using VR in therapy created joy and excitement, which as a clinician is amazing to see in trauma focused treatment,” said James Roberson, Vice President of Program Services at KVC Hospitals. “After the novelty began to decrease we were even more excited to see the calm and real curiosity the VR experience provides. Children are showing us new ways to use VR everyday.”

The VR sessions used in behavioral treatment facilitate new approaches to meditation, exploration of different environments and landscapes, and art and expression therapy. Youth can create…

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