AAPB 2021 Webinar 2: Working with Screen Dependence, Obsession and Addiction: Effects on Health, Wellness, and Development

Working with Screen Dependence, Obsession, and Addiction: Effects on Health, Wellness, and Development

Presented by
Mari Swingle, PhD
Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET



This session was originally scheduled as a 2020 Annual Conference Workshop. Due to Covid, we are offering this extended, in-depth session to you virtually. This workshop will take place over two of days to ensure ease of participation (we are sensitive to Zoom fatigue), to ensure full subject matter coverage and to provide more CE credits than a typical webinar or conference session.

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Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $189

Cancellations received in writing prior to a week before the webinar will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations within the week of the webinar.

Course Description:

Rethinking Screen Time:  Working with Screen Dependence, Obsession and Addiction. An in-depth workshop exploring the primary effects of excessive and otherwise non-complimentary screen/i-tech use on the (developing) brain and behaviour … And what clinicians can do about it!    For well over 30 years now we have been assimilating interactive technologies in all aspects of our lives (work, play, parenting and education) without any attention or functional understanding of the potential impact on our health and wellness.  Specifically, we did not explore, or otherwise ignored, effects on our biology other than those involved in product development or designed to capitalize on sales and usage patterns.   In this in-depth workshop Dr. Mari Swingle will present her ground-breaking research mapping the effects of excessive or otherwise inappropriate usage of technologies on the adult brain and the developing person.  She will explore active clinical data as well as 30+ years of progressive archival data. Participants will look at universal alterations in biological priming & the rewiring or hijacking of biological systems as well as specifics in the socio-emotional and cognitive development of infants (e.g. attachment), children (e.g., vestibular system), adolescents (e.g., psycho-sexual development), youth (e.g., failure to launch) and adults as well as individual liabilities and epigenetic vulnerabilities that are client/person specific. To this end she will discuss variations by exposure patterns relative to chronological age, age of exposure and nature of exposure. Cases will be presented, diagnostic flags and treatment protocols reviewed.    All screen (process) addictions including gaming addiction, social media addiction, pornography addiction, scholastic perfectionism and ‘screen workaholism’ are not insular; tending to be culturally or environmentally accepted or supported.  They are also often co-morbid or co-occurrent with other expressed pathology or subclinical illness (or otherwise masked metal health issues). --Thus Dr. Swingle will also explore major and minor attitudinal hurdles and environmental/cultural obstacles that must be crossed to ensure successful treatment outcome.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Recognize symptoms of generalised i-addiction (process addiction) as well as combined content & process addiction (e.g., gaming addiction, sexual/pornography addiction, social media addiction, FOMO, etc.) It is not all bad! Learn to differentiate between i-tech use as healthy and Integrated vs unhealthy Interference which would benefit from intervention.
  • Learn and recognize (individual as well as cultural) risk factors (e.g., environmental, relational, epigenetic, etc.)
  • Learn various age effects (e.g., variations in severity and treatment success outcomes based upon chronological age vs age of introduction as well as state of immersion). Learn to identify stages and phases of critical developmental interference (e.g., 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 9-11, 12-16, & 18+) on the developing brain/person.
  • Learn how to reach & teach clients to mitigate societal factors including: Social & scholastic resistance; parental fatigue, apathy and abdication.  How to tell science from hype (e.g., read the fine print of media / PR & pseudo research by vested interest)
  • Learn base biological inter-reference beyond the EEG (e.g., effects on melatonin production, sleep onset insomnia & circadian rhythm, erectile dysfunction, heart rate & blood pressure, etc.) & implications for biofeedback. /  Learn how to read the EEG (Clinical Q) as an assessment and promising diagnostic tool

Level: INTERMEDIATE - Content builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Who Should Attend:  Any primary interventionist: Practicing therapists or medical professionals (e.g., bio & neurofeedback providers, MD's Psychologists).  Any direct secondary interventionist: Nurses, teachers, school counselors etc.

CE Credits: 3.0 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 3 hours.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.

Presenter Bio: Mari Swingle, PhD (PhD & MA Clin Psych, MA Ed), practicing (neuro)therapist, researcher, consultant, and author is a BCIA Senior Fellow BCIA, AAPB BOD, and winner of practice and authorship awards including FABBS Early Career Impact Award for her research on technology, the brain, and behavior. She works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments including Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, OCD’s and Addiction and is well known for her work with children and families experiencing behavioral and learning difficulties (e.g., Defiance and Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, Written Output, & Speech Disorders and the family dynamics that often come with (e.g., Parental Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, and Couple/Parental Dynamics). Over the years Dr. Swingle has found that that many symptoms, for which clients seek psychological services, appear to be exacerbated, if not caused by, excessive or otherwise inappropriate applications of interactive technologies (gaming, porn consumption, social media obsession etc.). This has been the primary focus of her clinical research since 2009.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend this event in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before a given activity is completed will not receive CE credit.

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