Online life can certainly be exciting and entertaining, but it also brings startling risks for neurobiological changes that can negatively affect cognitive functioning and nervous system reactivity. That’s why today’s therapists need to know how to help clients cope with anxieties like FOMO and NoMophobia; address media, internet, and gaming addictions; and develop strategies for responding to the ever-expanding sources of social anxiety that are part and parcel of life in the digital age. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:
- Dispel the fantasy of perfection and implied need to live an “amazing life” that interferes with developing effective coping skills
- Engage the brain’s default mode network to increase problem solving and balance techno impact
- Recognize the negative neurological impact of rapid screen shifting, prolonged gaming, and social media exposure
- Address the addictive nature of communication notifications and social media
Tobi Goldfus, LCSW, LCSW-C, BCD, is a therapist, author, and international speaker. Her book is From Real Life to Cyberspace and Back Again: Helping Our Young Clients Develop a Strong Inner Selfie. She also provides assessment and psychotherapy techniques to promote balance between online and real life.