Changing the Game: Assessment and Treatment of Gaming and Internet Addiction in Children and Families

Presenter: Clifford Sussman, MD 

Date/Time: Friday, December 6, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm 

Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until November 8, 2019
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until November 8. Use Promo Code InternetStudent at checkout. 

CEUs: 6


The demand for greater recognition and treatment of problematic use of internet and video games has been growing exponentially in the digital age. The need for a standard treatment protocol remains. Recent evidence has supported key similarities between internet and video game use disorders and substance use disorders. By combining this evidence with Dr. Sussman's clinical experience of over 10 years of providing individual therapy for patients with online addictions, this training will demonstrate how to clinically assess and treat patients with unhealthy relationships with their screens. 

Dr. Sussman will share in detail his most common clinical treatment approach, which relies heavily on motivational interviewing (MI) to guide patients though their ambivalence into an action phase, at which time they may partake in a digital detoxification, followed by adapting some guidelines for a healthy relationship with technology.

Other treatment approaches will be explored, including parent training and other forms of family therapy, group therapy, medication management, and mindfulness. Cases will be presented and questions will be answered.

Course participants will be better equipped to assess and treat the addictive behaviors associated with excessive use of digital technology in their own clinics. In addition, course participants will be better able to explain to patients how excessive use of digital technology affects their brain and what makes them vulnerable to addiction. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Describe why digital technology is so stimulating and why children and teenagers are most vulnerable to this stimulating affect. 
2. Explain the biopsychosocial effects of heavy use of technology on the brain and behavior.
3. Discuss how to assess and treat habitual overuse of digital media in our patients, as Psychotherapists.
4. Describe a lifestyle with a healthy balance between online and offline activities.
5. Discuss how to work with the parents of our younger patients to help create homes with reasonable but effective screen limits. 

About the Presenter: 

Clifford Sussman, MD has a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. He has been featured as an expert on Internet Gaming Disorder in several well-known media sources, including ABC News, the New York Times, and TIME Magazine for Kids. His guide to healthy technology use for ADHD was featured on the cover of Attention Magazine. As an author of peer-reviewed literature and a frequent public speaker, he is internationally known as a pioneer in using psychotherapy to treat internet and video game addiction. He is dedicated to helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. 

Dr. Sussman completed an adult psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Sussman has over 10 years of experience treating digital addictions. He also treats patients with comorbid conditions, such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Website:www.cliffordsussmanmd.com 

Small Print: 

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations please complete the Application for Support Services and submit with documentation of your disability to mshaw@health.fau.edu. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will process the application and contact you to discuss your accommodation needs. SAS requires that this information be provided at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Professional Development Course, so that we have sufficient time to set up the accommodations requested. Thank you!

Participants must be present for the entire training to receive CEUs. Partial CEU credit will not be given.

Refunds minus a $30 administrative fee allowed for cancellations up to 14 days prior to workshop. No refunds after 14 days prior to workshop. Refunds or transfers to other course dates may be permitted in cases of documented personal or immediate family medical emergency, when the same course is being offered on multiple dates, at the discretion of the Professional Development Coordinator. Registrations may not be transferred to another individual. Printed course materials will only be provided to those who attend the course. To request a refund or transfer, please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu.

If you have any questions about Professional Development please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu or 561-297-6680. 

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work

Event Type

Lecture, Workshops/trainings, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.




$175; $150 Early Bird until November 8, 2019. A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until November 8. Use Promo Code InternetStudent at checkout.

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