Breaking the Spell of Our Digital Devices: Helping Clients Embrace Freedom from their Digital Dependence

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Breaking the Spell of Our Digital Devices: Helping Clients Embrace Freedom from their Digital Dependence

Linda Graham, MFT

The rapid advances in digital technology in the last ten years have radically transformed how we learn, work, and relate to each other. Many of those cultural shifts are life enhancing, even life-saving, to be sure. And…the impact of digital dependency – reduced capacities of attention, concentration, empathy, and self-reflection – has become a pressing mental health concern that therapists are just beginning to address.

Course Dates

Sydney: 21 August 2020
Brisbane: 25 August 2020
Melbourne: 28 August 2020
Adelaide: 1 September 2020
Perth: 4 September 2020
 
9:15am to 4:30pm
 
Registrations open soon

The rapid advances in digital technology in the last ten years have radically transformed how we learn, work, and relate to each other.  Many of those cultural shifts are life enhancing, even life-saving, to be sure.  And…the impact of digital dependency – reduced capacities of attention, concentration, empathy, and self-reflection – has become a pressing mental health concern that therapists are just beginning to address.

 

In this training, you will:

 

  • Learn of the emerging research on the impact of the over-use of digital devices on brain development and functioning, particularly for children and adolescents;
  • Learn to assess for and have “the conversations” about digital dependence/addiction in clients and clients’ families.
  • Learn protocols of digital detoxes and digital vacations to reduce clients’ brain fog, mood swings, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and isolation;
  • Learn tools to reverse the negative impacts of digital technology on users’ capacities for working through difficult emotions, feeling comfortable with vulnerability and intimacy, tolerating boredom and solitude;
  • Learn to teach clients practices that help them rediscover the value of time spent in communicating and connecting with real people in real time, spending time in nature, playing games and sports, conversing at the family dinner table.

 

You will be able to guide clients toward a healthy balance between time spent on screens and time spent in “real life.”

  • APS: Activities do not need to be endorsed by APS. Members can accrue 7 CPD hours by participating in this activity
  • AASW: Members can accrue 7 CPD hours by participating in this activity
  • ACA: Members can accrue 5 CPD points by participating in this activity

A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants following the workshop.