Internet Addiction: Signs and Treatment Methods
In this 2-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the phenomenon of internet addiction. While there is no “official” diagnosis for this condition in the DSM-5, clinicians are seeing a groundswell of individuals who are “hooked” on various internet sites in ways that mimic other addictive and compulsive behaviors. This is a trend that has been increasing since the late 1980s and early 1990s and shows no signs of reducing. In a related phenomenon, cell phones, various electronic devices (such as smart pads), and computer games have also come to the forefront as devices that some persons are abusing to the point of similar addictive usage. As such, these concerns need to be addressed when it appears in the counseling arena.
- Identify the various signs and symptoms of internet addiction.
- Distinguish between “normal” internet use and addictive/compulsive use
- Describe the difference between “normal” electronic device, cell phone, and game usage and addictive/compulsive usage
- Recognize when the various phenomena appear with both minors and adults.
- Formulate some treatment tools to address these concerns.
- Give examples of some basic rules to help clients to manage their own and/or family members’ self-defeating behaviors in this realm
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 2 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1006
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self