In 2008, Tracy Markle, founder and owner, of Collegiate Coaching Services® developed a special interest in how Internet-based applications such as, video games were contributing to family conflict, academic and social problems, as well as impacting the mental and emotional health of CCS’ clients. Over the past decade as technology and digital media have become more embedded in our culture, and advances in neuroscience have identified the impact of digital media on the brain, and technology companies are having greater influence in our schools and the education marketplace, she developed the FITS-IA® approach to working with families impacted by digital media overuse (DMO) and in 2016 founded the Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (DTEC®) and partnered with Dr. Brett Kennedy, a clinical psychologist, to offer specialized programming and treatment for those impacted by DMO and to offer education and consultation on DMO to mental health providers, educators, and the public.
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 DMO and are working hard to provide resources and education to new parents and families so they can be well prepared long before screens come into their child’s lives.
Together, DTEC® and CCS® offer a full continuum of therapeutic and support services to treat DMO and support the academic, workplace, social and emotional needs impacted by DMO.The DTEC® Team