eMEN Webinar

                        Frontiers in eMental Health – The Future is Now

Our final webinar in the eMEN project will focus on the future of eMental health, beyond the dramatic shift to using video platforms for therapy sessions during the pandemic. Examples include cutting-edge technologies like Virtual Reality (VR), online trauma therapies such as exposure therapy and EMDR, intelligent agents, chatbots, and dynamic sign-posting. The event will also explore ways that existing eMental health applications like online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and blended care approaches can drive innovation in the post-pandemic era. 

The webinar programme includes a number of international and Irish experts and practitioners in the eMental health field. Joining from the Netherlands, Professor Heleen Riper (VU University) will speak about the future of blended therapy and Dr Tom Van Deale (Thomas More University, Belgium) will speak about different applications of VR for mental health. We will also hear about some applied examples of different technologies in the Irish voluntary and community mental health sector. More information on the event programme and speakers is available below.

When: Friday, 27th May, 9.30AM – 1.00PM

Where: This event will be available online via Zoom.

Register: To watch the event online, register for your free place on Eventbrite by clicking the button below.

Event Programme

*Note: This is a draft programme and is subject to change*

9:30 – 9:40 Welcome and Introduction

9:45 – 10:05 Opening Session 

  • Professor Heleen Riper (VU University, Amsterdam) – Face-to-face v remote therapy sessions – what we have learnt during the pandemic and what is likely to stay?

 10.10 – 11.20 Session 1

  • Dr Tom Van Daele (Thomas More University, Belgium) – Virtual reality experiences as tools to support Mental Health
  • Dr Mirjam MinkNijdan (ARQ National Psychotrauma Center) – 3MDR: a novel virtual reality treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Examples of VR in Ireland:
  • Camille Donegan – The Dala Project
  • Tommy Walsh – Galway Simon
  • Barry Haughey – VRoróige (Foróige)
  • Panel Discussion (Prof Heleen Riper, Dr Tom Van Daele, Camille Donegan, Dr Mirjam Mink-Nijdan)

11:20 – 11:35 Comfort break

11:35 – 13:00 Session 2

  • Ian Power (CEO, Community Creations CLG) – Technology & Mental Health: Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. But maybe sometimes we have to?
  • Bas Goossen (Founder, Owner and Director at Mibida) – Tele-EMDR, tele-exposure and other online tools
  • Professor Maurice Mulvenna (Ulster University) – ChatPal: a digital solution to make a difference to our everyday mental health and wellbeing
  • Professor Raymond Bond (Ulster University) – Helpline data analytics: using machine learning to understand callers
  • Panel Discussion (Ian Power, Prof Maurice Mulvenna, Prof Raymond Bond, Bass Goossen)
Wrap up and closing remarks

Speakers

Professor Heleen Riper
 
Dr. Heleen Riper is Professor of eMental-Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Department Clinical, Developmental and Neuro Psychology, section Clinical Psychology, The Netherlands) and works as well at GGZ inGeest a large mental health service organisation in the Amsterdam region (Research Department), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is honorary professor of Telepsychiatry at the University of Southern Denmark (Faculty of Health Sciences, Odense). Over the past 15 years her research focus has been on the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative eMental-Health interventions for common mental health problems from prevention to treatment. The scope of her current research activities includes the use of mobile health, and combined online and face to face (‘blended’) treatments for depression, anxiety and stress related disorders.
 

Dr Tom Van Daele

Tom Van Daele is the head of the Expertise Unit Psychology, Technology & Society at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences and the convenor of the EFPA Project Group on eHealth. His work is predominantly practice-oriented and multidisciplinary: he educates students and clinicians on the use of technology, facilitates organizations with the integration and implementation of technologies within their services, and advises policy makers on how to accommodate healthcare systems to accommodate these innovations. His practice-oriented focus is also supplemented with more basic research, through positions at both KU Leuven and Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Mirjam J. Mink-Nijdam

Dr Mirjam J. Mink-Nijdam is a licensed psychologist and head of the research track “Evidence Based Treatment” at mental healthcare institution ARQ Centrum ’45, part of ARQ National Psychotrauma Center. She is also affiliated with the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam as an assistant professor.

Her current research focus is investigating the efficacy of innovative interventions in trauma treatment and exploring how existing treatments can be improved. In her clinical position, she provides treatment for police officers, veterans and refugees. From 2003-2014 she worked at the Department of Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam and completed her PhD, a postdoc position and her clinical training there. For her PhD, she conducted a randomized controlled trial that compared the efficacy of two psychotherapeutic methods for posttraumatic stress disorder, Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. As a postdoc, Mirjam investigated the role of sleep in emotional memory processing and neurocognitive functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder, in collaboration with the Brain and Cognition group of the University of Amsterdam.

Mirjam has been working on several research projects in the past, including the project “Psychosocial effects of threat and protection” commissioned by the Dutch Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Safety. For her clinical training, she worked at the Departments of Anxiety Disorders, Early Psychosis, Mood Disorders, and Sexuology. She is a national and international trainer in Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD and 3MDR (Multimodular Motion-Assisted Memory Desensitization & Reconsolidation therapy).

Professor Maurice Mulvenna

Professor Maurice Mulvenna, PhD., is a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence at Ulster University, known for his contribution to interdisciplinary research in mental health sciences with colleagues in psychology, nursing, and healthcare. Maurice has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications, and is principal investigator or investigator on more than 120 international research projects.

Professor Raymond Bond

Professor Raymond Bond has research interests within human-computer systems which has mainly included applications of biomedical and healthcare informatics (digital health). Raymond’s work has involved the application of human-computer interaction and data science/machine learning techniques to healthcare research. His work has involved health data analytics as well as the modelling, processing and visualisation of medical data to enhance clinical decision-making, including the creation of interactive decision support systems. He also has research interests in computerised simulation-based training in healthcare, usability engineering/UX data analysis methods to improve medical devices, eye-gaze analytics in clinical decision making, and is also involved in designing and evaluating digital health and wellbeing interventions.

Ian Power

Ian is CEO of Community Creations CLG, the voluntary organisation behind the ‘spunout’ and ‘50808’ services. spunout is Ireland’s youth information platform by young people, for young people, and 50808 is a a free 24/7 anonymous text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support. spunout reaches over 300,000 young people each month through its platforms, while 50808 engages texters in around 4,500 conversations each month. Ian was a member of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health and is a member of the National Implementation Monitoring Committee for Sharing the Vision.

Bas Goossen

Bas Goossen has a background in electrical engineering, from which he quickly engaged in European Research Projects about eHealth and active and healthy living. To bring the knowledge and result of these research projects to the market he founded MiBida B.V. With MiBida Bas focusses on providing ICT solutions that facilitate communication between professional and patients and bridges the gap between research and the real world. With Mibida Bas is able to bring new innovative technology quickly into (research) practice. Examples are video calling, online EMDR and exposure and an AI chatbot for a healthy lifestyle.

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