Technology Addiction


Kim Ernest, PhD, LPC


Problematic technology use has been a growing concern since the early 1980s, as screens have become more and more portable, prevalent and all-inclusive. Most adults and adolescents are walking around with mini-computers in their pockets that allow them to do everything from connecting with friends, to paying their bills or completing their homework, to adjusting the temperature in their home or turning on or off their lights.

  • While there are several benefits to increased access, there are concerns that it may come at a cost. Specifically, some research suggests that technology use leads to an increase in a sedentary lifestyle, including some muscular-skeletal symptoms connected with a fixed posture or repetitive movement.
  • Alternately, visual symptoms may increase, such as blurred vision or headaches due to screen overuse.
  • There are numerous studies that suggest that device use may interrupt normal sleep patterns and impair natural sleep cycles.
  • Finally, and likely most importantly for the context of our work, are the social and psychological implications associated with too much screen time. Increased use of devices is associated with increased anxiety, depression, lower life satisfaction and lower emotional stability. This can be compounded by blunted social skills or/and social withdrawal.
  • This training will review assessment of problematic technology use as well as review strategies and therapeutic interventions to address technology dependency.

Training Details

  • PCS provides light refreshments at all trainings. Lunch is not provided. Please come prepared with a packed lunch as there will be time for a brief working lunch.
  • By attending a PCS training, you are giving PCS permission to videotape you and any discussion you participate in for video training purposes.


Credits Available

4 APA CE Credits For Psychologists or Social Worker Credits
(See Additional Credit Details)

Seminar Location

PCS Headquarters
200 North 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046

March 06, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $50


Seminar Contact

Adam Hultstrand

Director of Education

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  • PCS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • People who attend PCS trainings and seminars in their entirety may receive CE credits for psychologists/LPC/ LSW/LCSW/ LMFT or general training credits, including CAC/DDAP. For other licenses, please consult with your respective licensing board.
    • Following each seminar, participants who have attended the seminar in its entirety will receive a PCS Training Feedback form via email.
    • After receipt of the completed form, PCS will issue a certificate via email indicating the CE credits that have been obtained.
    NOTE: Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) trainings are for BSL licensure credits only. APA continuing education credits noted above do not apply.