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NSS Space Forum - Automated Psychotherapy in Space: Protecting Mental Health in Orbit and Deep Space
When it comes to space exploration, development, and settlement, we spend a great deal of time focused on the science, engineering and technology needed to make it possible. Previous space forums have taken a wider view, exploring other aspects that have included law, medicine, nutrition, and even space farms. With this space forum, we will continue that approach by examining an area that does not receive a great deal of public attention.

Various behavioral and mental health issues have been reported by space crews for decades, with the overall number of mental health complications expected to be higher than is publicly known. The broad range of mental health complications encountered in space is expected to grow as people venture deeper into space.

Issues with privacy, dual relationships, and delayed communications make rendering effective psychological therapy difficult in a spaceflight environment, and nearly impossible in deep space. Automated psychotherapy offers a way to provide psychotherapy to astronauts both in deep space and low earth orbit. Though automated psychotherapy is growing in popularity on earth, little is known about its efficacy in space.

Join us for this space forum which will highlight the knowns and unknowns regarding this treatment modality for future deep space missions. We will also take time to discuss other aspects of space psychology, such as unique hazards to mental health specific to spaceflight, special supportive measures that may be used in deep space, and other related topics.

Sep 15, 2022 09:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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