FITS-IA® APPROACH and TREATMENT

Treatment

FITS-IA® is a systemic, community based approach that treats both the individual and the family. After a thorough assessment to understand the impact of DMO and co-occurring issues, such as, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma, our multidisciplinary, integrated DTEC® treatment team provides individual, family, group therapy, social skills training and personalized coaching to reduce family conflict, teach effective self-care skills and support interpersonal relationships through face-to-face social connections and community engagement.

DTEC® treats children, adolescents, and adults. We require parent and/or family involvement. In therapy, DTEC® clients will work with their therapist, when indicated, to prepare for a digital detox and develop a Digital Media Abstinence Plan and support their understanding, contribution, and participation in the Family Agreement©.

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Individual Therapy

Our experienced and knowledgeable therapists understand the bio-psycho-social influence in DMO and on mental health issues. They implement research based strategies and approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Internet Addiction (CBT-IA), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, family systems therapy, and exposure therapy, specifically for social anxiety, and more.

The DTEC® team uses a strengths based approach in individual therapy. We value the importance of building and establishing a trusting relationship with our clients and realize this connection is vital when it comes to taking the courageous step to face our personal challenges, commence a Digital Media Abstinence Plan, change behaviors, and prioritize self-care.

After “resting” the brain and body from digital media, and completing a period of abstinence and behavioral change, the Digital Media and Technology Reintegration Plan© is introduced to reintegrate necessary digital media utilizing a harm reduction approach and practice learned skills and behaviors for supporting ongoing recovery from DMO.

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Family Therapy

Family therapy is a critical component of a successful treatment outcome for DMO, substance abuse, mental health issues and family conflict. Exploring family dynamics, improving communication, confronting resentments, and supporting healthy attachment and connection is what families can experience when working together in therapy.

For our DTEC® clients family involvement is essential and is a cornerstone of the FITS-IA® model. We respect the challenges of parenting in the digital age and know the pain for parents when their child is struggling with compulsive behaviors, mental health issues, or academic challenges.

Developing a Family Agreement© is a key step towards intervening in and stabilizing DMO issues and family conflict. We support families to develop an agreement around technology use and abuse that is strength based and developed to reduce distress in the family and develop effective communication skills. With clear expectations, boundaries, and consequences regarding digital media use, change occurs. The Family Agreement© is evaluated and updated as goals are met and expectations change and Parent Coaching between sessions, supports stability and the change that is desired

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Group Therapy

“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others…..Most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” Dalai Lama XIV

Group therapy and peer support groups are an essential component in FITS-IA®. Groups offer the opportunity to relate to others through interpersonal process, to learn and develop effective coping skills through psychoeducation, and to receive and provide support in recovery.

DTEC® currently offers groups for men and women 18 years and older and require an 8-week commitment.

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Parent Coaching

DTEC® offers the opportunity to work remotely with parents to provide psychoeducation on the impact of digital media overuse (DMO), guidance for developing and implementing a Family Agreement ©, and tools for effective communication and support for DTEC® clients.

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