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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about psychotherapy

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Online Therapy... Naked?

    by Julie Hanks LCSW, Sarah White, Dr John Grohol and Audrey Jung

    Professionals have been offering psychotherapy online since 1995. While the earlier services focused on offering therapy through email, this has changed in recent years. With the popularity of video conferencing, it was inevitable that someone would invent a form of therapy called "naked therapy."

    This intriguing panel will discuss how Internet and mobile technologies enable therapeutic interactions between professionals and individuals. Experts will discuss e-therapy, how it's changed over the years, and how technology is disrupting traditional professional relationships -- enabling therapeutic modalities not possible a decade ago... Even the possibility of "naked therapy." It should make for an interesting, heated discussion between practitioners of traditional forms of online therapy and the founder of "naked therapy."

    This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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  • Rethinking Gaming Addiction in Psychotherapy

    by Mike Langlois

    Ninety-seven percent of all adolescents in the US play video games, & more than half of the adults in this country play video games regardless of their race or income. The military has discovered that video games decrease symptoms of PTSD in veterans, & with the advent of the iPhone, mobile technology is making social media more prevalent than ever. Despite these numbers, psychotherapists & other healthcare providers are reluctant & uncertain how or when to integrate technology into their work. When gaming or technology is mentioned at all, it is only as an addiction or liability, never as a powerful innovation. This is in part due to an age-old mistrust & disdain of technology which has its roots in issues of class & psychology. But despite this, psychotherapy has passed the point where learning about technology is negotiable. This workshop aims to critique the idea of gaming as addiction & further, discuss how understanding and using video games may improve therapeutic outcomes.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip