Professional Trainings

Digital Media Treatment & Education Center offers professional trainings of varying lengths for clinical group practices, programs, and organizations. Click on one of the buttons on this page to learn more about each training.

Please contact us to discuss your organization and learn more about our training opportunities if:

  • You are interested in acquiring the knowledge to better understand digital media overuse and addictions.
  • Want to begin to incorporate this unique expertise into your services.
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Instructors:
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.

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Enrollment Includes

Tech-Free Toolkit

✝︎ This live, digital media overuse clinical training includes a corresponding workbook with key points, graphics, and space for writing notes. Be sure to register at least two weeks in advance of the training date to ensure your workbook will arrive to you in time.

REGISTER FOR OCTOBER 20, 2023

$199 Early Bird Registration ends Sept. 22, 2023 Use Discount Code: EARLYBIRDSEPT22

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

Understand FITS-IA, the evidence-based, integrative treatment approach for digital media overuse & addiction

Learn skills to work with clients struggling with compulsive video gaming 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 expert 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 6.0-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 conceptualize the family engagement, integrated treatment, social connection- internet addiction (FITS-IA®) approach for digital media overuse & addiction developed by Tracy Markle. They will get up to date on contemporary thinking and treatment of digital media overuse, including the most current research, brain science, guidelines for use, and practical treatment approaches.

Emphasis will be given to compulsive video gaming and pornography use, both of which are included in the World Health Organization (WHO) International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 11th revision (ICD-11) which went into effect on January 1, 2022.

Attendees will review the criteria included in the ICD-11 as well as review internet gaming disorder, identified as a condition for further study in “Section III, Emerging Measures and Models,” of the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, 5th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR).

This training will provide participants with the skills necessary to work with clients struggling with compulsive video gaming and online pornography.

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.

Approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors for 6 CE Hours

FITS-IA® Foundation Training; Introduction to Digital Media Overuse; Assessment, Intervention & Treatment has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Digital Media Treatment & Education Center LLC (dTEC®) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4118.

Training Opportunities in 2023

There will be two opportunities in 2023 to take the FITS-IA® Foundation training, Introduction to Digital Media Overuse: Assessment, Intervention & Treatment.

  • Friday, May 12, 2023
  • Friday, October 13, 2023
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