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Mental Health 2.0: Clinical Strategies to Moderate Technology Use, Restore Self-Regulation, Build Coping Skills & Ease Mood Disturbances

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

The modern digital world has presented a daunting therapeutic challenge. Technology is in your client’s hands, and they’re using it daily to interact with the world. What about the negative side of technology use? Regardless of diagnosis, you’re seeing this in your office – and it’s affecting your clients’ progress in therapy.

Excessive and negative technology use has exacerbated symptoms of many clinical diagnoses like never before, especially worsening clients’ mood, concentration, social isolation, emotional dysregulation and sleep disturbance.

The average American spends over 10 hours per day with screens. If you aren’t asking your clients about their technology use, you’re missing out on a huge portion of their lives.

Attend and discover how to immediately enhance your practice with:
  • Step-by-step assessments for excessive and harmful technology use
  • Strategies for psychoeducation and introducing digital moderation to your clients
  • Tools to combat the negative effects of technology overuse in your clients’ lives
  • Practical, versatile ways to increase client engagement in “real-life”
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Free Materials for Your Clinical Toolbox!
  • Technology use assessment chart
  • Technology use intake questionnaire
  • Multiple intelligences embodied activity chart
  • Client self-reflection questions
  • Concrete digital interventions handouts

  1. Appraise the neurological, interpersonal, and intra-personal costs and benefits of technology use in clients.
  2. Perform a clinical assessment of technology use and dependence at intake to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Create a technology use and assessment plan to monitor and reduce technology overuse symptoms, as well as improve client neurological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal level of functioning.
  4. Integrate self-soothing techniques and mindfulness meditation as an approach to managing symptoms and improving client emotional regulation.
  5. Assess the negative effects of client technology engagement with violent, sexualized, monetized, and political content and provide alternative activities to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Modify technology use and assessment plans for use with special clinical populations such as children and clients with anxiety or depression.

Client Tech Use in Clinical Practice
  • Neurological & personal costs of tech use
  • How tech has led to social isolation
  • It’s more than Facebook -- know the platforms
  • Qualities of the least harmful games & apps
Assessments of Technology Engagement & Effects
  • 5 must-ask intake questions
  • ABCDT assessment model
  • How much is too much?
  • Signs of addictive technology engagement
  • Take-home assessment forms & tools
  • Ongoing assessment considerations
Treatment Planning & Buy-In
  • Create technology use plans
  • Determine healthy use norms
  • How to introduce digital moderation
  • Strategies to address resistance
Foundational Principles for Every Client
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Foster the ability to delay gratification
  • Alternatives to violent or sexualized content
Strategies to Curb Overuse & Increase Engagement in Embodied Life
  • Strategies to break technology addiction
  • Match digital platforms to learning type
  • Constructive embodied engagement strategies
  • Practical kinesthetic offerings
Emotional Regulation Strategies
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • The ABCs of mindfulness
  • Boredom tolerance exercises
  • Self-soothing techniques
Interventions to Reduce Social Isolation
  • Develop & maintain interpersonal skills
  • Interventions for relational aggression
  • Exercises to boost communication skills
  • Address cyberbullying
  • Build in-person relationships
Tools for Stress Management & Rumination
  • Social media & the fear of missing out
  • Soothing vs. stimulating digital content
  • Address & replace panic-triggering content
  • Take on nomophobia
  • Develop screen-free coping skills
Address Shame & Mood Disturbances
  • Guidelines to reduce impact on sleep
  • In-session exercises to develop ability to focus
  • Address content-related shame
  • Strategies to reduce negative self-talk
  • Embodied exercises for self-compassion
Strategies for Use with Children
  • Teach digital safety
  • Establish screen-free zones
  • Discuss filters with parents
  • What to do when kids get around the filters
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other mental health professionals
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers


Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psy.D., is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon with 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups. In addition to her private practice, she maintains an international speaking docket and is the author of the book, Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age, as well as many chapters in several other scholarly books. Doreen is an expert in the area of technology and health. She spends, on average, 15 hours per week culling both scholarly research and pop culture sources to maintain her expertise on how technology is shaping the neurological, interpersonal, and intra-personal lives of individuals today.

Doreen is routinely featured on podcasts and with news sources, and she has carried out anecdotal research circles with thousands of college students across the U.S. and Ireland over the last three years. Her unique, fast-paced speaking style incorporates technological, interpersonal, and interactive elements, which makes her uniquely poised to capture the minds and attention of a diverse range of people. Her approach is far from technology-averse, offering instead a balanced perspective and full-spectrum look at the issues of the day.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Doreen Magee-Dodgen maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Doreen Magee-Dodgen has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Colorado Psychologists: CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education credit hours for Colorado Psychologists. The Colorado State Board of Examiners Rule 20 confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to psychology from providers approved by the American Medical Association (AMA). This program is certified for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Colorado Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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