Incorporating Virtual Reality into Social Work Practice

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Incorporating Virtual Reality into Social Work Practice

Friday, June 16th, 2023

10:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Abigale Johnson, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members: $20

NASW Other Chapter Member: $40

Non-Members: $50

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Virtual reality (VR) is a growing field, and its uses in educational and therapeutic purposes are being increasingly researched and proven to be effective. This workshop will describe the history of VR, devices used, how it is being used in social work education and therapy. In education, VR can facilitate experiences of cultural humility by allowing the user to experience a day in the life of someone in a different social location. In therapeutic settings, VR is proven to be effective as an intervention with individuals experiencing anxiety, PTSD, specific phobias, and schizophrenia. This workshop will also address ethical concerns around the use of VR, and ways to make this a safe and appropriate tool to use with clients in various settings. With social workers gaining knowledge and access to VR, the profession can advocate for equitable access and its use within our ethical guidelines.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Define virtual reality
2. Describe ways VR is used in social work settings
3. Explain ethical concerns about the use of virtual reality and ways these concerns can be addressed
4. Describe ways to accurately intervene with VR in clinical settings
5. Explain methods to assess the implementation of virtual reality in clinical settings

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Abigale Johnson, LCSW, is Abigale Johnson has been at Bellevue Hospital for 8 years and a social work supervisor in inpatient psychiatry for the past 6. She also has a private practice in NY/NJ, utilizing virtual reality when applicable with clients. Abigale has expertise in the geriatric population and consults with hospital units around clarifying patient diagnoses of comorbid psych and neurocognitive disorders, as well as the referral process to long-term care facilities.



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June 16th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $20.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $40.00
Non-Member $50.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Abigale Johnson, LCSW
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 2.0