In 2009, Tracy Markle, founder and co-director of Digital Media Treatment & Education Center ~DTEC® developed a special interest in how Internet-based applications such as, video games were causing family conflict, academic and social problems, as well as impacting the young persons’ emotional and mental health after hearing from more and more concerned parents. Tracy, owner and clinical director of Collegiate Coaching Services®, founded in 2008, began to assess incoming clients, typically teenagers and young adults, for digital media abuse and addiction issues. She found that a high percentage of those seeking services were struggling with how to manage their screen use alongside important academic requirements, social connection and more. Families began to seek out Collegiate Coaching Services® to help them cope with the impacts of digital media in their lives. This is an area of specialization at Collegiate Coaching Services®. Collegiate Coaching Services is often sought out to provide workshops and trainings in the area of digital media use and how it impacts academic success, physical and mental health and more. CCS collaborates with may professionals and schools in our area, such as University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Mines, local public and private schools.
In 2016 Tracy founded Digital Media Treatment & Education Center (DTEC®). Her primary goals for doing so were create a specialized program for digital media problems due to the level of need and to provide Boulder, CO and surrounding areas with expert clinicians who offer specialized services for the treatment and education digital media abuse and addiction issues. CCS will continue to support students to create awareness about their screen habits and how they influence academic performance, however DTEC® will be the primary provider when it comes to offering treatment to students and non-students who are seeking support due to serious implications of screen use in their lives.
CCS® and DTEC® will provide a full continuum of services to teens and young adults who are in need of academic support, workplace support, social support, emotional support, and treatment for digital media overuse issues.
DTEC is an innovative program that has been developed over several years by curious, passionate clinicians and coaches. We are pleased to be offering this unique and much needed service to our local community and to those coming from afar seeking our expertise. Our vision as a team is to be not only effective practitioners, but thought leaders in this emerging field. We are paving the way and developing standards of practice for new clinicians to learn how to work with this addiction, and are working hard to provide resources and education to new parents and families so they can be well prepared long before screens come in to their child’s lives.