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EngTalk - Immersive technologies: a tool for improving mental health

Join us on 22 June 2022 to hear from experts on how immersive technologies are being applied in our day to day lives through demos, case studies, and more.

Immersive technologies, those that merge the physical and digital world such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), are shaping many aspects of our society. From gaming to healthcare, these technologies are both changing and challenging the ways we interact and innovate, aiming to better support our needs.

One of society’s greatest challenges, further highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, has been the need to improve our mental health, our emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Can immersive technologies play a role in changing and aiding our approach to mental health?

Join us on 22 June 2022 to hear from experts on how immersive technologies are being applied in our day to day lives through demos, case studies, and more. 

Nathan Gaydhani, an immersive technology strategist, will kick the event off by introducing immersive technologies, its capabilities and future predictions. Through a live demo he will showcase how immersive technologies are being used for collaboration, training, design, marketing, and more.

Then, Lesley Simpson-Gray, a certified cyber psychotherapist, will demonstrate how technology has become a catalyst for her own creative, resilient approach to the challenges faced by many of the UK’s mental health professionals. With recent global crises exacerbating the struggle to meet an unprecedented level of demand for mental health services, Lesley will address a generational lack of readiness to embrace technology-based solutions, and sheds light on how her virtual therapy room has become an intersection between integrity and innovation. She’ll also highlight the difficulties of upholding professional standards, along with the need to create a practice where mental health support using immersive technology is inclusive and accessible to all.

The talk will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session where virtual and in-person audiences will be able to ask questions and join the discussion. We’ll then conclude with a free drinks reception with a chance to network and meet our speakers.

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Time

22 Jun 2022

6:00pm - 8:45pm

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Add to Calendar 06/22/2022 18:00 06/22/2022 20:45 EngTalk - Immersive technologies: a tool for improving mental health Join us on 22 June 2022 to hear from experts on how immersive technologies are being applied in our day to day lives through demos, case studies, and more. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK

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IET Events

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If you are unable to make this date in-person, you can also watch online, but will need to register to watch in this format.

Speakers

Lesley Simpson-Gray

Lesley Simpson-Gray

Psychotherapist

Lesley is an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist. She has run her private practice since 2017, supporting children, young people, and parents and she has worked completely online as a cyber-psychotherapist from a virtual playroom since 2020. 

Her work is focussed on the impact of trauma and developmental deficit on emotional wellbeing and her framework combines neuroscience, digital creative arts, and a blend of the physical and virtual worlds to deliver playful, immersive interventions. 

Nathan Gaydhani

Nathan Gaydhani

Head of Immersive Products - HTC Europe

Nathan Gaydhani has been an immersive technology strategist for over 7 years with a focus on helping companies use immersive and spatial technologies to improve understanding, communication and efficiency within their businesses.

Nathan has worked across several industries including Architecture, Rail, Nuclear, Construction, Education and Health. Key uses of these technologies have been in Design, Planning, Collaboration, Maintenance, Training, Rehabilitation and Marketing.

He has travelled all over the world to talk about and demonstrate immersive solutions like Virtual and Augmented Reality, including Canada, USA, China, India, Italy and the Netherlands.

Nathan is head of immersive products for HTC Europe and has a First-Class Hons degree in Digital Imaging from the University of Westminster.



Location

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
London
WC2R 0BL
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

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We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

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Programme

18:00

Registration opens

18:30

EngTalk begins, guests make their way to theatre

18:35

Insight Talk delivered by Nathan Gaydhani

18:55

Lecture delivered by Lesley Simpson-Gray

19:35

Q and A begins

20:00

EngTalk ends and drinks reception begins

20:45

Event comes to close

Programme subject to change

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