Alexandria, VA -- October 1, 2020. Today Coherent Digital launched Mindscape Commons, the first database of virtual-reality experiences for education and research in mental health.
Mindscape Commons details nearly 200 immersive and interactive VR experiences in social work, counseling, and psychology from over 100 colleges and 60 commercial organizations. With over 100 experiences exclusive to this resource, it's designed specifically by faculty and mental health clinicians. Continually updated, it covers a diverse range of resources, from Stanford University's "Becoming Homeless" VR experience, to virtual client case studies, to immersive home assessments for social workers.
Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President of Coherent Digital, said: "Research shows that immersive and interactive experiences are essential to teach future counselors and social workers. Virtual reality allows us to do this remotely—essential in a time of increased emphasis on distant learning."
Mindscape Commons allows faculty, librarians, students, and practitioners to discover, upload, preserve, and share a wide range of virtual-reality experiences, to deliver substantially better teaching, learning, and treatment. Many of the experiences need no more than a laptop, with options to use mobile phones or Oculus devices to go further with the augmented reality.
"VR increases empathy, engagement, and motivation, and it provides a safe and repeatable environment for training. This combination of immersion and interactivity improves learning and client outcomes and is becoming increasingly important to our profession," says Allen E. Ivey, EdD, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
"I'm most excited about the specially commissioned interactive experiences," said Elizabeth Robey, Publisher at Coherent Digital. "They deliver intense, interactive personal experiences to remote students—crucial now, when it's difficult to do in-person instruction."
Registration is free, and many resources are openly available. Institutional memberships offer full access and additional tools and support materials. Find out more at mindscapecommons.net
Coherent Digital LLC was founded in 2019 by industry veterans Stephen Rhind-Tutt, Toby Green, Eileen Lawrence, and Pete Ciuffetti, with a goal to "tame wild content and make it useful." We bring order, standardization, and utility to content in many formats including primary sources, virtual reality, and born-digital web publications.