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Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults: Level 1 Certification for Clinicians & Educators

Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, LCSW-R
6 Hours 05 Minutes
Apr 13, 2023
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We are on the verge of a global public health crisis – and the kids, teens and young adults you work with are at the greatest risk.

Young people are living their lives in front of a screen with disastrous results. ADHD, depression, suicidality, anxiety, sleep irregularities, thought disorders, and stunted social skills are rising dramatically. Whether you’re a mental health professional or school-based professional the resources available have lacked the concrete strategies and real-life interventions you need to effectively intervene in this growing epidemic.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an internationally renowned expert on tech addition, author of the best-selling book Glow Kids,  and executive director of one of the world’s top rehabs, The Dunes in East Hampton, NY. He is an active advocate for screen addiction to be included as a clinical disorder.

Watch him in this Certification training and get the most effective tools, strategies and techniques you need to help children, adolescents, young adults and families hijacked by technology overuse.

You'll discover:

  • Clinical and school-based interventions for problem screen usage
  • Safe and effective strategies to work with kids hijacked by tech addiction
  • How family dynamics relate to problematic digital behaviours – and what you can do about it
  • Proven interventions to reduce video gaming, social media, and YouTube obsessions
  • Strategies to improve digital boundaries and discipline

Best of all, completion of this training meets the educational requirements should you choose to apply to become a Certified Digital Health and Wellness Level 1 Professional (CDHWP) through the National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW). To learn more about how you can apply for CDHWP certification and distinguish yourself from other professionals, visit

Purchase today and leave feeling prepared and confident in your ability to lead young people hijacked by tech overuse on the path to a better life!


  1. Complete this Certified Digital Health and Wellness Level 1 Professional (CDHWP) training with tech addiction expert Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, LCSW-R
  2. For full certification details, apply for CDHWP certification with National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW), and redeem $50 off your CDHWP certification fee, visit




Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, LCSW-R, is an Ivy League educated psychologist, best-selling author, internationally renowned speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, and the impacts of our digital age. He has developed clinical treatment programs all over the country and is the founder and chief clinical officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii, Omega Recovery in Austin, and the Launch House in New York.

Dr. Kardaras is a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction. He has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of their Division of Addiction.

Dr. Kardaras is the best-selling author of Glow Kids (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), has written for TIME magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, the NY Daily News, and Fox News, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, Fox & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and in New York magazine and Vanity Fair. He was featured on the 2019 A&E TV Series Digital Addiction and his 2016 NY Post Op Ed “Digital Heroin” went viral with over six million views and shares.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of Omega Healthcare Group, and he is the founder of The National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness and the Austin Serenity Recovery Homes. He has an employment relationship with Stony Brook School of Social Welfare and maintains a private practice. Dr. Kardaras receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Formulate the neurological, dopaminergic, and hormonal/adrenal impact of screen time on children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Analyze the emerging research related to behavioural interventions for technology overuse.
  3. Designate how tech overuse can impact pre-existing mental health disorders
  4. Assess for problem screen usage, stressors and triggers and help client/student develop healthy regulation skills.
  5. Debate the pedagogical impact of “Education Technology” and use of screens in the classroom.
  6. Utilize strategies for parents/caregivers to work with problem screen usage within the home including boundaries, discipline and communication.
  7. Integrate interventions rooted in mindfulness, narrative and archetype work, experiential therapy and immersive nature therapy to help clients/students better regulate screen use. 



The Origins of Screen Culture 

  • The origins of “Indoor Children”
  • Difference between passive TV viewing and immersive/interactive modern screen experiences

Neurological Impacts of Technology Overuse 

  • The role of dopamine in addiction
  • The dopaminergic effects of screens on the brain
  • A view of screens as “digital drugs”
  • Brain imaging research and the effects on the frontal cortex
  • Hormonal impacts of tech overuse

Clinical Research: Technology Overuse Impact On: 

  • Depression and social media
  • ADHD and screen-time
  • Anxiety and screen-time
  • Thought disorders and video games as well as “sensory overload”
  • Increased aggression and video games

Assessments and Observational Tools 

  • Assessment tools
  • The difference between “overuse” and “addiction”
  • A comparison with substance addiction assessment

Technology Addiction/Overuse Intervention

  • Not all tech addiction is the same
  • Specific digital usage problem, stressors, triggers
  • Underlying and co-morbid issues
  • Residential vs. outpatient treatment: Pros and cons
  • How to implement a “Digital Detox”
  • Importance of nature, meditation and exercise

Technology in the Classroom: Pedagogical Impacts of Screen Time 

  • Research on educational outcomes of classroom technology
  • Phones in the classroom and standardized test scores
  • Screens in the classroom and impact on reading and comprehension
  • Comparisons of “Low Tech” schools and one-to-one screen schools
  • Ed Tech: a $60 billion annual industry
  • The Los Angeles “iPad Fiasco” and the Amplify initiative by Rupert Murdoch

Working with Families and the Family Dynamic 

  • Validate that the issues harming families are indeed real
  • Address dysfunction contributing to the problem
  • Family psychoeducation
  • ”Family Intervention Plan”: The solution needs to be a collective one

”Mindful Digital Usage”: How to Reintegrate Back into Healthy Tech Usage 

  • Individualized digital “re-entry” plan: Hands-on activity
  • Help the child to identify healthier “Digital Vegetables” vs. “Digital Candy”
  • Measure progress and what to do if there is a setback

Case Study Review 

  • Learn interventions and strategies to handle:
    • Mood-dysregulated 13 year old male, Dx Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
    • Violent adolescent male, Dx ADHD and conduct disorder, video gamer, school refusal, assaults parents
    • Suicidal adolescent female, Dx depression, disordered eating and self-injurious behaviour, social media platforms 8-10 hrs a day
    • Twenty-five-year-old graduate student, very politically-interested, stays up all night “hyper-link” surfing, hears voices, paranoid
    • Social-media obsessed mom, neglects young children, marriage is suffering, children acting out


Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children

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