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Continuing Education Workshops for Therapists, Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals

Skyland Trail offers continuing education workshops for mental health professionals throughout the the year. Professional workshops for therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals feature Skyland Trail clinicians as well as mental health clinicians from the community. Mental health workshops focus on best practices for treating mood, thought and anxiety disorders as well as topics related ethics, telemental health and professional self care.

For questions about continuing education workshops, please contact Dawn Collinge at

Virtual Workshop - Escape from Escape: Assessment and Treatment of Digital Use Disorder for Professionals

a person wearing a headset playing video games in the dark

Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. EDT

Clifford Sussman, MD

The demand for greater recognition and treatment of problematic use of the internet and video games has been growing exponentially in the digital age and will continue to climb during and after the pandemic. Evidence continues to support key similarities between internet and video game use disorders and substance use disorders. By combining this evidence with the Instructor’s 12+ years of experience as a clinical child, adolescent, and young adult psychiatrist, consultant, and educator specifically on this topic, this training will give therapists some of the tools they need to clinically assess and treat patients with digital use disorders.

An overview of the relationship between excessive use of digital technology and the brain and a guide to assessing digital use disorders will be included at the start of the presentation. Then a three-phase process of treatment will be outlined. Multiple tools for working with patients and families will be explored, including motivational interviewing and other forms of individual therapy, parent training, and other forms of family therapy, group therapy, and placement options.

Time permitting, cases will be presented and questions will be answered.

This workshop will be held through a ZOOM Webinar.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe why digital technology is so stimulating and why children and teenagers are most vulnerable to this stimulating
  2. Explain the effects of heavy use of technology on the brain and
  3. Describe the assessment of digital use disorders and how to create a treatment
  4. Describe the 3 phases of treating Digital Use
  5. Explore current options for treatment of digital use
  6. Examine motivational interviewing and other modalities of psychotherapy that can aid in this
  7. Discuss how to work with the parents of our younger patients to help create homes with reasonable but effective screen limits

Education Credits:
Applications made to NBCC and NASW.

$60 (non-refundable)

This program is co-sponsored by Skyland Trail and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 3.00 contact hours, with full participation required.

There is no additional fee for making an application for continuing education credit. Application forms and other CE materials will be made available by Skyland Trail to participants. CE verification is mailed to attendees within 30-days following the event. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education learning objectives, presenters, agenda, contact The Institute for Continuing Education at 800-557-1950 or

NOTE: To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials and comply with attendance monitoring requirements.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board, including the Ethics Workshops scheduled.

Counseling/ MFT: For counselors seeking CE credit, The Institute for Continuing Education has submitted a co-sponsorship application to NBCC. This website will be updated regarding approvals.

Social Work: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. This website will be updated regarding approval.

Skills Level: This program is open to mental health professionals of all skill levels.

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual.

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