Introduction to the 5 Types of Digital Media Overuse and Treatment Considerations

digital media overuse training

Four-Hour, Live, Interactive Webinar

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An overview of the FITS-IA, evidence-based, integrative treatment approach for digital media overuse and addiction.

Enrollment Includes

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Confidently recognize & assess the 5 types of digital media overuse & addiction

Recieve an overview of FITS-IA, the evidence-based, integrative treatment approach for digital media overuse & addiction

Learn skills to work with clients struggling with video gaming, social media, and pornography

This course is intended for psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed professional counselor candidates, addiction counselors, marriage & family therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians, school counselors, other behavioral health professionals, and graduate students in related fields.

It is designed and taught by nationally renowned digital media overuse and addiction experts Tracy Markle, MA, LPC, founder of the Digital Media Treatment & Education Center (dTEC®) in Boulder, Colorado and her dTEC® co-director Dr. Brett Kennedy, Psy. D.

This 4.0-hour digital media overuse clinical training provides counseling and related professionals with the foundational knowledge to confidently recognize and assess the five types of digital media overuse (DMO) and addiction and the common co-occurring factors and diagnoses those struggling with these issues may experience.

Participants will receive an overview of our treatment approach, FITS-IA® (Family engagement, Integrated Treatment, Social connection- Internet Addiction), developed to treat digital media overuse and addiction, formerly known as Internet Addiction.

The training will provide a review of the ICD-11 criteria for Gaming Disorder and Compulsive Behavioral Sexual Disorder and introduce treatment considerations for the 5 types of DMO.

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Tracy Markle, MA, LPC
& Dr. Brett Kennedy, Psy.D., CSAT

Tracy Markle and Dr. Brett Kennedy are
co-directors of the Digital Media Treatment & Education Center (dTEC®) in Boulder, Colorado, which was founded by Tracy in 2015. Along with their team of providers, Tracy and Dr. Kennedy strive not only to be effective practitioners, but to pave the way for other counseling and related professionals to learn how to work with digital media overuse (DMO) by developing standards of practice, resources, and educational opportunities.

The Course

In this section, you’ll learn why we use the term digital media overuse (DMO) as well as the difference between overuse and addiction. We’ll cover the short history of behavioral addictions as recognized by the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM),  DSM-5-TR, and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) and learn how the West compares with Asian countries in our understanding of digital media addiction. Finally, we’ll review two avenues for behavioral addiction treatment; abstinence and harm reduction. Including what those look like for clients with digital media overuse issues.

This section reviews the key factors that lead to digital media overuse: brain science, development, and persuasive design. Participants will learn the latest research findings as well as a brief history of behavioral psychology and its impact on digital media today.

In this section we’ll review the 5 types of digital media overuse, and the common factors and diagnoses that often accompany them, so that you can confidently recognize and assess your clients. We’ll also provide practical intervention and treatment approaches for each.

This section is a detailed review of all the critical components necessary to effectively implement the Family engagement, Integrated Treatment, Social connection-Internet Addiction (FITS-IA®) approach. An evidence-based integrative treatment approach for digital media overuse & addiction developed by Tracy Markle.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of the FITS-IA® treatment approach and the critical components required to effectively use it.
  2. Identify the 5 types of digital media overuse (DMO).
  3. Differentiate between DMO and digital media addiction.
  4. Identify and understand the common co-occurring symptoms, behaviors and diagnoses associated with DMO.
  5. Recognize effective harm reduction and abstinence-based approaches to the intervention and treatment of DMO.