Connecting Realities

2020 Educators in VR International Summit


2020 Educators in VR International Summit brings together educators, learners, researchers, and experts in VR, AR, and XR to share their their passion for integrating immersive technology in education.

Track: vCoaching

Connecting Realities

Dr. Joshua Lee Cohen, CEO and Founder, Your Digital Storytelling Project LLC

Dr. Josh Cohen from Your Digital Storytelling Project, and associated with Peer Mental Health and Dana-Maria Faneker from Captain VR, will speak at the IGM Art Gallery at the University of Southern California and present their workshop in person and through VR on Film/Video-Based Therapy and Virtual Reality. The Future is now! Virtual Reality (VR) is going to change the way we connect, communicate and engage. We are at the brink of a new technology era and it is time to join forces and create a better world where all people matter. Together, we can create worlds that help people in the best possible way.

Dr. Joshua Lee Cohen is a Media Psychologist, a film/video editor, and Author/Co-Editor of the groundbreaking book "Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice" (2015). At Colorado College in 1998, he hosted a seminar on the use of film in therapy from a Dr. Gary Solomon who was pioneering Cinematherapy™. Dr. Cohen trained as an editor as an intern at an ABC news affiliate and later at a training facility in Burbank California. Trained as an Avid and Final Cut Pro editor in Burbank, CA, he both consulted and worked on several high profile projects with filmmakers such as Patrick Swayze and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Doug Pray. In addition to his educational background, he was a university instructor since 2010 teaching introductory psychology and Positive Psychology. His clinical experience has been with dual diagnosis chemical-dependent populations as well as The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), specializing in disorders within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), most of which were suffering from trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Cohen has presented his research and his colleague's work on film based therapy and Virtual Reality at many conventions around the world, universities, and hospitals. He is based in Long Beach, CA.

Dana-Maria Faneker, Founder CaptainVR, CaptainVR

Dana-Maria, Founder of CaptainVR, was working worldwide on big traditional sailing vessels as mate and later as a captain. She is a professional coach since 2010 and is specialized in transforming negative behavior patterns. In 2015 Dana-Maria was the first coach who started working with VR, She developed her first VR tool at the end of that year. Dana-Maria is educating coaches & therapists how to work with new technology and together with these specialists create VR Tools that will empower people and improve the world. Her mission is to make people the Captains of their lives and Virtual Reality is the most powerful tool to help her with her mission. That's why CaptainVR!"

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