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Digital Seminar

Excessive & Harmful Technology Use: Improve Treatment Outcomes with New Evidence-Based Strategies for the Digital Era

Doreen Dodgen-Magee, PsyD
6 Hours 13 Minutes
Aug 27, 2019
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The modern digital world has presented a daunting therapeutic challenge. Technology is in your clients’ hands, and they’re using it daily to interact with the world.

The negative effects of technology overuse are impacting your clients like never before: lower self-esteem, social isolation, emotional dysregulation, the inability to focus or delay gratification, and sexual dysfunction. Even more alarming, growing evidence shows that specific forms of technology use are correlated with anxiety, depression, narcissism, violence and relational aggression. 

The average American spends over ten hours per day with screens. If you aren’t asking your clients about their technology use, you’re missing out on a huge portion of their lives. 

Watch and discover how to immediately transform your practice with: 

  • Step-by-step assessments for excessive and harmful technology use
  • Strategies for breaking technology dependence habits
  • Tools to combat the negative effects of technology overuse in your clients lives
  • Practical, versatile ways to increase client engagement in “real-life”

Purchase today to help your clients reduce harmful technology use and greatly improve presenting issues of any diagnosis!


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Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Identify and compare the neurological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal costs and benefits of technology use in clients.
  2. Perform a clinical assessment of technology use and dependence at intake to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Create a technology use and assessment plan to monitor and reduce technology overuse symptoms, as well as improve client neurological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal level of functioning.
  4. Integrate self-soothing techniques and mindfulness meditation as an approach to managing symptoms and improving clients’ emotional regulation.
  5. Assess the negative effects of client technology engagement with violent, sexualized, monetized, and political content and provide alternative activities to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Modify technology use and assessment plans for use with special clinical populations such as children, LGBTQ clients and clients with anxiety or depression.


Neurological, Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Impacts of the Digital Age
  • Get Educated! Know the platforms
  • The ability to regulate, delay & focus
  • Shame & self-esteem
  • Emotional connections to objects
  • Why boredom tolerance is a good thing
  • Social & communication skills
  • Case Study: Brett; considering foregoing college for a career as a professional gamer

Assessment of Technology Engagement & Effects 

  • Address your own technology bias
  • 5 must-ask intake questions
  • ABCDT assessment model
  • Recognize addictive technology engagement
  • Stimulation vs. meaningful self-soothing
  • Clarify how clients communicate
  • Take-home assessment forms & tools
  • Ongoing assessment considerations
  • Case Study: Family consultation with parents concerned about kids’ technology use
Technology Use Guidelines to Follow with All Clients
  • Create technology use plans
  • How to set healthy use norms
  • Address resistance to digital moderation
  • Teach digital safety
  • Strategies to break technology addiction
  • Counteract negative impacts of over-use
  • In-session exercises to develop ability to focus
  • Establish screen-free zones
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Digital alternatives to highly violent, sexualized or monetized content
  • Case Study: Betsey; 20 hours of screen time per day
Emotional Regulation Strategies 
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Create opportunities for boredom
  • Boredom tolerance exercises
  • Self-soothing techniques
  • Develop screen-free coping skills
  • Case Study: Jackie; required by work and vocation to be available 24/7
Relational Interventions: Reconnect Clients with the Real World
  • Develop & maintain interpersonal skills
  • Client self-examination of social network use
  • Interventions for relational aggression
  • In-session exercises for communication skills
  • Strategies for social practice
  • Case Study: Joseph; online dating; spends free time gaming
Strategies to Curb Overuse & Increase Engagement in Embodied Life
  • Match digital platforms to learning type
  • Constructive embodied engagement strategies
  • Strategy modification for digital preferences
  • Practical kinesthetic offerings
  • Non-shaming conversations about tech use
  • Case Study: KC; tapering off video game use
Modify Digital Use Interventions for Specific Disorders & Special Clinical Populations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Narcissism
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Case Consideration: How to choose the best technologies for special populations

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