November 18th, 2016
8:30am to 3pm
The Old Mill, Toronto

The Future of Psychotherapy conference was designed to explore what the near and not so distant future will look like during, between, and across psychotherapy sessions.

Our day will begin by exploring how wearable technology can be used to augment treatment during and between sessions. We will be welcoming the developers behind the Muse headband, a mindfulness training device that provides real time neuro-data that can be accessed during sessions and across assigned homework activities. Muse will then introduce the audience to their clinicians’ portal, which allows between-session monitoring of your client’s progress.

You will learn how sensor-based wearable technology can:

  • Provide additional training to your clients across sessions

  • Increase compliance through a monitored homework regime

  • Provide quantifiable data of client progress to inform your treatment, but also to demonstrate to the client that real change is occurring

We will then explore the client’s perspective on treatment progress by way of technology-assisted surveying through Greenspace, a Toronto-based health startup that brings efficient and powerful symptom and outcome monitoring to the therapy session. Greenspace has developed an automated and research anchored client monitoring tool that helps gauge therapeutic alliance, symptoms shifts, and explorations of a client’s daily experience.

You will learn how tools like Greenspace can:

  • Identify areas of concern regarding treatment progress, therapeutic alliance, or symptom shifts before they become a problem in treatment

  • Monitor you and your client’s progress across treatment as a whole

  • Understand how your client’s symptoms shift across the week in order to avoid simply responding to the problem of the day at each treatment session

  • Provide quantifiable success data to clients to show that treatment is working

Respected trainer, Clinical Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist, Michael Decaire, will then take you through a series of case studies demonstrating how he has used both Muse and Greenspace to move his clients forward and to understand his own performance as a therapist. He will discuss how these tools have augmented the therapeutic process beyond more standard treatment regimes and will show how the data provided was used to make shifts from session to session and to meet client needs.

Finally, Michael will explore how the treatment environment is shifting and where we are going into the future. Video-based therapies will be discussed in depth, exploring the technology, regulatory, and treatment demands of this medium. We will then step into the future and explore further wearable technologies and the use of virtual/augmented reality based treatments.

You will learn:

  • How to implement video-based therapies in your practice in a seamless and low cost way

  • The legal and regulatory frameworks around video-based therapies

  • The efficacy of treatments by video and other non-traditional methodologies

  • How to adjust therapy to an online setting to increase client outcomes

  • What the future holds in terms of virtual and augmented reality

Graeme Moffat, PhD leads neuroscience research and health and wellness applications for Muse. He has over a decade of research experience in psychology and neuroscience and in scientific management. Graeme served as managing editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, the largest journal series in psychology and neuroscience, and of Frontiers in Neurology and Frontiers in Psychiatry. His experience has included research engineering at Neurelec/Oticon and graduate/postgraduate work at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) in France. Graeme holds a PhD in neuroscience from Université Aix-Marseille. He is currently a TalentEdge Fellow of the the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a member of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technology (CeReB). In his spare time, Graeme throws frisbees and (occasionally) axes.

Michael Decaire is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and Newfoundland & Labrador Psychology Board. Michael has since established himself as an in demand consultant at several group practices in the Greater Toronto Area and through rural hospital work. Michael specializes in psychodiagnostic assessment and treatment prescription. Therapeutically, he has an interest in mindfulness therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, clinical hypnosis, and the management of learning and attentional disorders. Michael also holds professional interests in health governance, telepsychology, biomedical ethics, and program evaluation. He is in his second term as the president of the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates and a faculty member of the graduate studies program at Adler Toronto. Michael is the founder and clinical director of FLEX Psychology.

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