Can Virtual Reality Improve Therapeutic Outcomes for Teens?

(Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – March 22, 2023) In its ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and social and emotional health, Fusion Academy Palm Beach Gardens will host a lunch and learn next month focused on how virtual reality can create immersive experiences that can enhance therapy for children and young adults.

“We are privileged to host events like this that bring forth relevant research to families, who in turn can better support their children as they navigate the pre-teen and teenage years,” said Christina Seamster, Ph.D., Fusion Academy Area Head of School. The event is in partnership with Josie Rhoads, LCSW, of Coastal Therapy and Wellness.

What: Lunch & Learn: Virtual Reality in Therapy with Coastal Therapy and Wellness

Where: Fusion Academy Palm Beach Gardens, 11300 Legacy Avenue, second floor.

When: Thursday, March 30, noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT

How: Register here

Who: Fusion Academy Palm Beach Gardens and Coastal Therapy and Wellness

“I am excited to share the efficacy of virtual reality therapy with parents and how it can help teens face their fears and also strengthen their coping skills,” Rhoads said. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified EMDR Therapist, Rhoads is the Clinical Director at Coastal Therapy & Wellness. Located at 4595 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, the practice specializes in general counseling, trauma, first responders, mental health professionals and virtual reality.

Virtual Reality Therapy is an advanced innovative approach to Exposure Therapy. It can also be offered as an immersive experience to replace the client’s imagination when practicing skills for stress management and relaxation. A decade of controlled studies demonstrated the efficacy and efficiency of VR-based therapy intervention on mental disorders, particularly anxiety and specific phobias. It has a higher level of clinical effectiveness than the traditional imagination exposure technique.

Founded in Solana Beach, California in 1989, Fusion Academy’s approach to learning is grounded in its one-to-one model of one teacher to one student, with different teachers for different classes. Fusion Academy Palm Beach Gardens opened in 2022 and is the education provider’s third Florida campus; with two others located Miami and Boca Raton.

In addition to the Virtual Reality Therapy event, Fusion will host a number of events open to families interested in learning more about personalized learning, including:

  • Tuesday, Apr 4, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Families exploring summer and fall enrollment options are welcome to attend this mid-day open house. Register here.
  • Friday, April 21, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Area mental health professionals are invited to join us for a CEU credit qualifying program with Genesis Counseling owner and child and teen therapist, Jennifer Bishop, LHMC. More details can be found here.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate its first year of bringing life-changing education to Palm Beach Gardens families. Learn more here.

Fusion’s model of tailoring students learning journeys according to their strengths and learning preferences ensures students master subjects at their own pace. Fusion works with students in three key areas to help them develop the self-determination they need to be successful adults in society, these areas include self-confidence, self-advocacy, and goal setting.

Fusion provides accredited middle and high schools support more than 9,000 middle and high school students at its 80 campuses throughout the country. Switching schools can be a difficult choice. Fusion is currently offering a scholarship to new families who enroll full-time at the Palm Beach Gardens campus. Interested families can learn more here.


Media inquiries:

Karen Craven
Head of Strategic Communication
Fusion Education Group