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Episode 3 of the husITa Podcast

An Interview with Dr. Erica Nason & Dr. Mark Trahan discussing Virtual Reality Treatment and Exposure Therapy

Author: Jimmy A. Young, PhD

In this episode of the Podcast, I discuss Virtual Reality and 3600 video used with Exposure Therapy for Veterans with Social Anxiety Disorder with Dr. Erica Nason and Dr. Mark Trahan. They, along with their co-authors Scott Smith, Vengelis Metsis, and Katherine Selber published “Virtual Treatment for veteran social anxiety disorder: A comparison of 3600 video and 3D virtual reality” in the Journal of Technology in Human Services  last year. Borrowing from the abstract:

Virtual environments have been increasingly used in conjunction with traditional cognitive behavioral treatments for disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. Research has found that virtual environments can be effectively used as an alternative to in vivo or imaginal exposure. However, research has yet to compare the costs and benefits of different platforms, such as virtual reality and 3600 video, for creating virtual environments. The current qualitative study compares the experiences of veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder as they interact with a virtual grocery store environment.

We also talked about some of the promising elements of virtual reality exposure therapy for future social work practitioners and human service providers. This technology has been evaluated for quite some time but there is still lots more to research and evaluate. I hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and learn as much as I did about exposure therapy and virtual reality.

I also want to note that these blog posts are mainly place holders for any links and information that we thought would be good to share with our audience. The Posts will eventually also be home to the episode transcripts. We welcome any digital volunteers who would like to transcribe the episodes and if you feel so inclined, please reach out to us via our Contact page or on social media. This episode was really fun to produce and I hope you enjoy it. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. See you next month.

Contact Dr. Nason at [email protected]

Contact Dr. Trahan at [email protected]

Dr. Mark Trahan on Twitter – @MarkTrahan18

Episode #3:

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APA (7th Ed) citation for this podcast:

Young, J. A. (Producer). (2021, February 17). #3 – An Interview with Dr. Erica Nason & Dr. Mark Trahan discussing Virtual Reality Treatment and Exposure Therapy. [Audio Podcast]. husITa Podcast. Retrieved from https://husita.podbean.com/e/interview-with-dr-erica-nason-dr-mark-trahan-discussing-virtual-reality-treatment-and-exposure-therapy/

Episode 2 of the husITa Podcast

An Interview with Dr. Laura Nissen discussing Social Work & the Future in a Post COVID-19 World

Author: Jimmy A. Young, PhD

In this episode of the Podcast, I discuss with Futurism and Foresight Practice with Dr. Laura Nissen. She published “Social Work and the Future in a Post-Covid 19 World: A Foresight Lens and a Call to Action for the Profession” in the Journal of Technology in Human Services  back in July of 2020. Borrowing from the abstract:

This paper explores what being more future facing might look like for social workers/educators and introduces foresight as a useful and urgently needed framework for the profession. Contemporary realities like Covid-19 and uprisings associated with long-standing racial violence bring added relevance to the need to apply new ways of thinking, use new practical techniques, and strengthen a collective ability to see beyond the current cannon of ideas and approaches. These additions to the social work toolbox are much needed in a world full of inequity, change and turbulence. Utilization of a foresight lens has the opportunity to amplify and deepen the sociological and moral imagination, as well as the strategic effectiveness of the profession of social work now and in the years ahead. The paper ends with a call to action to amplify and evolve social work strengths to join the interdisciplinary community of those using forecasting methods to build a better future.

I was surprised to find that her futurist work is centered in a foresight planning framework that also reflects on the past as much as it plans for the future. We talk about the role of technology, ethics, and how foresight and futurist work is not really a solo practice but more of a global process and way finding. It’s a practice and not necessarily a destination. My biggest take away is that the future of social work is learning how to work with technology in a way that expands our capability, not diminishes it. 

I should probably note that these blog posts are mainly place holders for any links and information that we thought would be good to share with our audience. The Posts will eventually also be home to the episode transcripts. We welcome any digital volunteers who would like to transcribe the episodes and if you feel so inclined, please reach out to us via our Contact page or on social media. This episode was really fun to produce and I hope you enjoy it. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. See you next month.

Dr. Laura Nissen on Twitter – @LauraNissen

Dr. Nissen’s Blog – https://socialworkfutures.com/

The Social Work Health Futures Lab

Episode #2: https://husita.podbean.com/e/interview-with-dr-laura-nissen/

Podcast Homepage: https://husita.podbean.com/

Twitter: @husITaOrg

LinkedIn: husITa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/husITaOrg

Listserv Instructions: http://www.husita.org/connect/mailing-list/

 husITa home page: www.husITa.org

APA (7th Ed) citation for this podcast:

Young, J. A. (Producer). (2021, January 14). #2 – An Interview with Dr. Laura Nissen discussing Social Work & the Future in a Post COVID-19 World. [Audio Podcast]. husITa Podcast. Retrieved from {URL}

Introducing the husITa Podcast

Author: Jimmy A. Young, PhD

Welcome to the inaugural husITa Podcast. Below you will find a link that should open the Podcast’s homepage on Podbean and you should also be able to find this Podcast just about wherever you get your Podcasts. This inaugural episode is a short one, just over six and half minutes long, and really just gives a bit of background on the human services Information Technology Association (husITa). The idea for this podcast is to help disseminate research around technology in the human services and features interviews with authors of recently published work in the Journal of Technology in Human Services. This will be a monthly podcast and may increase in frequency depending on a number of factors. We hope that you will subscribe and share these podcasts with your networks.  As mentioned in the first episode, below are all the links that were discussed.

Podcast Homepage: https://husita.podbean.com/

Episode #1: https://husita.podbean.com/e/introducing-the-husita-podcasts/

Twitter: @husITaOrg

LinkedIn: husITa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/husITaOrg

Listserv Instructions: http://www.husita.org/connect/mailing-list/

 husITa home page: www.husITa.org

APA (7th Ed) citation for this podcast:

Young, J. A. (Producer). (2021, January 14). #1 – Introducing the husITa Podcast. [Audio Podcast]. husITa Podcast. Retrieved from {URL}

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