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Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety and Phobia Treatment
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on May 14, 2021.
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
5/14/2021 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Utilize immersive therapeutic virtual experiences with clients in office or teletherapy sessions.
  2. Plan individualized, controlled VR exposure (VRE) with anxious clients.
  3. Apply a comprehensive model of anxiety to guide incorporation of VR treatment.
  4. Use VR to uncover fears, provide reinforcement, prevent relapse, and facilitate relaxation and mindfulness skills.
  5. Investigate common problems and solutions in the utilization of VR in clinical practice.
  6. Evaluate VR systems, hardware and applications that best meet the needs of an individual’s practice.
A Clinicians Guide to Virtual Reality (VR):
Your Biggest Questions Answered
  • What is VR and How is it Created
  • What Client and Therapist Equipment Is Needed
  • Six Common Therapist Concerns and FAQs
  • Clinical Experience and Case Studies
Benefits, Risks, and Research Findings
  • VR Exposure vs Imaginal or In Vivo Exposure
  • Risks and Contraindications
  • Key Research Findings and Limitations of Research
VR in Exposure Therapy for Anxiety
  • Breaking the Anxiety Cycle: How VR Can Help
  • Preparing for Successful VR Exposure
  • In-Office and Teletherapy VR Strategies
  • How Not to Do VR Exposure
  • Trouble-Shooting Common Problems
How to Apply VR in the Treatment of Specific Disorders
  • Specific Phobias
  • Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • PTSD
  • OCD, GAD, and Health Anxiety
Choosing a VR System
  • Clinical Issues
  • Technical Issues
  • Practical Issues
  • VR Apps
Emerging Uses of VR
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Refusal Skills
  • Pain, Positive Mood States, Quality of Life, EMDR


Elizabeth McMahon, PhD, is an expert on Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) for anxiety and an engaging and sought-after teacher known for her ability to translate research into practical skills for clinicians. She has been using VR in therapy and training other therapists in this technology since 2010.

Dr. McMahon has presented at VR and healthcare conferences, at the Technology Mind & Society conference, and has taught accredited CE workshops for PESI, APA, California Psychological Association, regional psychological associations, and other organizations. Her 10-week webinar on VRT was attended by therpists around the wrold and her talks receive ratings.

Her workbook, Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Interactive Guide helps clients prepare for treatment. Her therapist workbook, Virtual Reality THerapy for Anxiety: A Guide for Therapists, will be published in 2021 in Routledge.

Dr. McMahon earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, completed a post-doctoral residency at Sheppard-Pratt Psychiatric Hospital, and worked for Kaiser Psychiatry Department in Fremont before entering private practice. While at Kaiser, she helped create regional best practices for anxiety disorders, wrote the first health education class on anxiety, supervised post-doctoral psychology residents, and gave numerous presentations on anxiety and using VR to professional and lay audiences.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elizabeth McMahon is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elizabeth McMahon is a member of the American Psychological Association; the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; and the California Psychological Association.
Continuing Education Credits

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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