FITS-IA®

The dTEC® signature approach to the treatment of Digital Media Overuse (DMO) and its impact on the family, mental health, self-growth and development.

The FITS-IA® approach is a systemic, community-based approach that treats both the individual and the family. If you or a loved one struggles with DMO, you may experience:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Social Isolation
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Poor Concentration
  • Attention Issues
  • Anger / Aggression
  • Health Problems
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Eating & Weight Issues
  • Hopelessness & Despair
  • Self-harm Behaviors
  • Suicidal Feelings

FITS-IA® assesses and treats those struggling with DMO in the context of their functioning within their families and social systems in order to implement real-time, effective intervention and treatment approaches to stabilize the compulsive behaviors and treat common co-occurring diagnoses, such as social anxiety and depression.

Using FITS-IA®, your dTEC® team is a collaborative group of professionals working together to develop and provide a personalized therapeutic plan for you and your family using a family systems therapy approach and thoughtful interventions specific to the unique challenges for those struggling with DMO.

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The Family Agreement©:
The Foundation of FITS-IA®

A key step towards intervening in and stabilizing the young person’s DMO behaviors and conflictual family relationship is the development of the Family Agreement©.

The Family Agreement© is an agreement that is developed that outlines clear expectations, consequences, and rewards related to more balanced digital media use and encourages effective communication and establishing healthy boundaries for reducing conflict in the family system.

Your clinician will evaluate the following areas and provide education and engage with you in a therapeutic process to eventually develop a useful Family Agreement© : (a) communication style; (b) parents’ digital media use and attitudes;(c) parenting style and current approach to the child’s problematic Internet behaviors, family values; and (d) level of parental fatigue & access to resources.