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

2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1006
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Video Recording
    • Lecture.1
      Internet Addiction: Signs and Treatment Methods
  • Course Evaluation
    • Lecture.1
      Internet Addiction: Signs and Treatment Methods Course Evaluation
  • Quiz
    • Quiz.1
      Internet Addiction: Signs and Treatment Methods 15 questions

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.