This is Your Brain Online: The Impact of Digital Technology on Mental Health

Dates: October 11, 2019

Meets: F from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM

Hours: 6.00

Location: Grand Rapids - Seidman Building

COURSE: $99.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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A growing body of research from a variety of disciplines indicates that the wide-spread use of digital technology-including computers, the internet, video games, and smart phones-has a measurable, negative impact on the human brain, resulting in significant changes in our sleep, mood, concentration, empathy, identity and relationships, and our memory and learning, as well as behaviors such as risk-taking and aggression. This effect appears to be more pronounced for the younger generation of so-called "digital natives": those who have been over-using digital technology and social media during critical stages of brain development. This workshop will review some of the pertinent research on this topic and explore the implications of this trend for clinical and public-health intervention strategies.

Objectives: Participants will

1. Learn about social and neuroscience research addressing the impact of digital technology and social media on neurological, psychological, and social development.
2. Learn about the social and neuroscience research addressing specific applied topics, including: sleep; play and downtime; distracted parenting; empathy & narcissism
3. Learn about the impact of digital technology and social media on mental health, social functioning, and academic performance of children adolescents, and college-age students.
4. Learn about clinical approaches to internet addiction and overuse of digital technology.
5. Learn strategies for adopting a balance approach to using digital technology and social media.
6. Learn about public health and educational intervention approaches.

Recommended for LBSW and LMSW beginning and intermediate skill levels.
Fee: $99.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)COURSE$ 99.00
Course Fee (Alternate)SSW Field Education Supervisor$ 66.00
Course Fee (Alternate)GVSU Social Work Faculty$ 15.00

Grand Rapids - Seidman Building

GVSU Seidman Building
50 Front SW
Grand Rapids MI 49504


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