Optimizing clinical training for the treatment of PTSD using virtual patients Conference Paper uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Rescue Work
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic


  • Adequate treatment of PTSD is a growing concern for the military. However, there is a shortage of qualified personnel available to apply this treatment. Virtual patient systems offer a novel technology to enhance the training needs of such health providers. This pilot project builds on previous work done with virtual patients and describes a novel scenario wherein a virtual patient is immersed within an exposure therapy simulation while a clinician interacts and guides the virtual patient through the recovery process using exposure therapy for PTSD. While this work is ongoing, preliminary results will be presented.

publication date

  • December 16, 2009



  • Conference Paper


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3233/978-1-60750-017-9-264

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 264

end page

  • 8


  • 144