LIVING ONLINE: How Our Relationship with the Internet Can Cross the Line into Addiction
Richard Young, MSW, MDiv, LCSW, CSAT, has a private practice in St. Louis, MO. He is a Certified Sex Addiction and Multiple Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. In his private practice, he focuses on the treatment of individuals struggling with problematic sexual behaviors along with providing treatment for partners/spouses to address accompanying trauma. He offers individual, couple, and group therapy. He is a 1998 graduate of St. Louis University earning his MSW. He became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist in 2012. He speaks throughout the state on the topic of sexual addiction and also facilitates retreats for people in recovery from addictions.
It goes without saying that the advent of the internet and digital technology has been one of the most dramatic paradigm shifts that we have experienced in the past 100 years. Internet access, availability and affordability have transformed individual and societal behaviors and interactions.
As clinicians working in the mental health field, we encounter individuals whose lives are incredibly enhanced by technology as well as impacted in negative ways. In this presentation Richard Young will present current data and information about how digital technology is contributing to compulsive and addictive attachments and behaviors in individuals. Specifically, we will look at the controversial issue of “internet addiction,” and how individuals can become increasingly compulsive with internet pornography, internet gaming, internet communication and social networking (including texting, social media apps, etc), internet dating and relationship seeking, and engagement in non-work online activity. We will examine the evolving research that has developed theories about the origins, the diagnostic criteria, and treatment modalities for internet addiction disorder. We will also discuss issues of co-morbidity and how certain populations are more vulnerable to problematic computer use.
While the majority of people use digital technology in a way that enhances relationships and social connections, there is a significant portion of the population that becomes lost in a world of unlimited images, videos, potential partners, and fantasy. The workshop will discuss how the brain is actually altered by digital technology. We will discuss ways to assess individuals who might be addicted. A portion of the presentation will be focused on providing individuals with support and skills that they can begin to practice in their lives to experience some relief and freedom. The goal is to provide information and tools that can be used to begin assisting individuals that come to you for help in this area.
8:00 a.m.-8:20 a.m.- Introductions and warm up
8:20 a.m.-10:00 a.m.-Presentation and discussion
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.-Break
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.-Presentation and discussion
Missouri Institute of Mental Health
The University of Missouri St Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned.
MIMH will award up to 3.75 clock hours or 4.5 contact hours (.4 CEUs) for this program.
National Board for Certified Counselors
MIMH is an NBCC - Approved Continuing Education Provider, No. 6339 (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC - approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions (or programs) for which NBCC – approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program bulletin (or web site). The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects for the program.
3.7 clock hours are offered for this program.
Missouri Credentialing Board
The Missouri Credentialing Board has approved this program for 4 contact hours.
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