THE STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE OF UKRAINE
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION OF UKRAINE
4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRISIS AND DISASTERS PSYCHOLOGY
joining forces in practice and research
30 NOVEMBER- 1 DECEMBER 2017
(94 Chernyshevska Str. Kharkiv 61023 Ukraine)
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine and The National University of Civil Protection of Ukraine would like to welcome you to the 4th Conference in Kharkiv. Over 300 delegates from all fields of Crisis and Disasters Psychology are expected to come together to share research and interests. Conference is proposed to be a two-day event and will include workshops, exhibitions, keynotes, parallel sessions, networking coffee breaks and city tours.
Our working languages are Ukrainian, English, German, French and Russian.
The topics of the 4th Conference include (but are not limited to):
1. Psychological intervention in disaster and crisis situations: international practices, experiences and the theoretical models of work with grieving victims, survivors and their relatives.
2. Mental Health of emergency workers (fire, police, military, ambulance, etc.): professional selection, preparation, peer support systems and assisting for First Responders/Protective Service Workers and Veterans after critical incidents.
3. Integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Crisis and Disasters Psychology.
4. Psychologists in emergency, crisis and disaster situations: aspects of work, professional preparation, evaluation of skills, postincident support.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT
ARTICLE (12 pages minimum) / CONFERENCE PAPER (5 pages)
One possible format could be: abstract (1000-1500 symbols), keywords (6-8 words), introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments,
Prepare manuscripts in Microsoft Word, А 4. Leave ample margins (2 cm.) on both sides, top and bottom. Text – Times New Roman 14 pt.; 1,5 spaced; indention – 1 cm.;
Viktoriia Tsokota – PhD in Psychological sciences, Researcher of the Laboratory of Crisis and Disasters Psychology of the National University of Civil Protection of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine
VIRTUAL REALITY EXPOSURE THERAPY DURING RECOVERY FOR PARTICIPANTS OF LOCAL MILITARY CONFLICTS: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
The article is devoted to the analysis of a international experience of using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (hereinafter – VRET) during the recovery for participants of local military conflicts (hereinafter – LMC). The change of Cyberpsychology interests is determined. It is moving from the concentration on the Internet social networks (CIS countries) to a human-computer system and related technologies. Four main areas of Telemental health development are considered and supplemented. There are computerized and Internet-mediated cognitive-behavioral therapy (hereinafter – CBT), Exposure Therapy with virtual and augmented reality, and mobile therapy.
The components of the VRET are analyzed. There are a type of virtual environment; a type of spatial interaction; an intensity of impact; a level of immersion and a quality of virtual experience. Generalized results of studies and components of a VRET protocols for participants of LMC are presented. The results reported significant improvement on the symptoms of PTSD in the groups treated with VRET. But there are no differences between groups of traditional psychotherapy methods and groups of VRET. VRET is no less effective methods of psychotherapy of PTSD for participants of LMC. It can be used for increasing of level for consent to treatment. VRET is more useful, if we take into account the features of veterans of LMC and especially resistant groups to traditional methods.
Key words: Cyberpsychology, Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET), Augmented Reality Exposure Therapy (ARET), Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), local military conflict (LMC).
In conditions of “accelerate” the pace of life and increasing the flow of information in the modern world 78% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, which is in 48% of the respondents have a negative effect on work and everyday life. The annual costs of employers in the United States related to the provision of health care and missed work in case of stress, to 300 bn. Dollars . From 1999 to 2012 the percentage of Americans who take antidepressants increased from 6.8% to 13%, according to the report Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2015). The newspaper The New York Times calls the generation of Americans aged 18 to 29 years old – The Antidepressant Generation. Self-help problem can be solved through the creation of mobile applications to control stress levels, especially in the modern Smartphone society.
References must be presented in the following style: Riva Dr. G., Mantovani F., Capideville C.S. et al. Affective Interactions Using Virtual Reality: The Link between Presence and Emotions. CyberPsychology & Behavior. 2007. Vol. 10(1). P. 45–56.
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