Therapists are used to adolescents grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint: digitally distracted parents, unaware of much they’re tethered to their screens and how it’s affecting their family. Explore how to help parents get control of their attachment to their devices and give their children—often consumed by their own digital world—the full attention and engagement they secretly crave. Through video clips and reflective discussion, you’ll explore how to:
- Help families address and mitigate the impact of “technoference” on every relationship in the home
- Support parents who worry about their teen’s use of technology, but don’t know how to talk openly about their concerns
- Give families the tools to set aside and maintain screen-free time for all, and deal with the fallout after someone unwillingly turns off a screen
- Model attention and help parents become more fully engaged and responsive, using technology to connect, rather than isolate, family members
Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Adolescent Girls in Crisis, and Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.