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Online Training – (NEW) Screenplay: Helping Parents Teach and Reach Children in the Digital Age

June 19 Login to Zoom.com 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joanne Vizzini, PhD Zoom.com, MD + Google Map

Attachment to screens versus attachment to people has become a phenomenon. Styles of insecure attachment occur and the use of digital devices claims more and more time for parents/caregivers and children. Children state, “What do you mean? You can’t take away my phone, tablet, TV, computer, or Alexa!” Parents feel pressured about what to allow and when, as well as how to keep children cyber safe.

In this workshop, we’ll creatively process both children’s desire for and reliance on electronics, as well as their parents’ use. Issues covered include eye contact with humans, social skills, anxiety, depression, radioactive emissions, earbuds, and the effect of devices on the developing brain. Screenplay has many positives and many negatives. Learn the evidence-based practices for enhancing the joys and freedoms of electronic devices for children ages 3 to 10, as well as practicing the well-documented five M’s and the use of expressive therapeutic skills.

Clinicians are encouraged to bring in case scenarios and examples from their own practices, as we will process creative approaches to addressing those issues.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe and implement evidence-based best practices for the use of screens with children, ages 3-10, and explain the use of screens as avoidance and a manifestation of fear of abandonment.
  • Describe how using screens impacts the brains of pre-school, early elementary school, and elementary school aged children (ages 3 -10).
  • Identify and implement techniques to support the way in which parents’ and caregivers’ use screens.
  • Define the five M’s. Make a concrete plan to invite, encourage and teach adults to use them with children.
  • Integrate research data into at least one clinical case and set three goals that will help parents’ facilitation of children’s use of screens.


8:45 – 10:00

  • Identify and explain current data for children’s use of screens and for their attachment to them (Lecture, and hands on your devices).

10:00 -10:30

  • Developing Brains. Current research of pros and cons for screen use with children (ages 3-10).  First M solution.

10:30 – 10:40 BREAK

10:40 – 11:15

  • Diagnosing clinical issues. Parents’/caregivers’ issues; children’s’ issues; family system issues. Second and third M solution.

11:15 – 11:45

  • Treating clinical issues. Identify and implement techniques of solution focused practices. Fourth and fifth M solution.

11:45 am – 12:00

  • Recap the morning presentations. Questions and answers.

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:30

  • Practice defining, identifying and implementing the 5 M’s. Begin a concrete plan for your clinical practice.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

  • Clinical cases. Present at least one case. Set three goals to address diagnostic and practical issues for clientele.

2:30 -2:40 BREAK

2:40– 3:45

  • More cases. Continue with presentations of at least one case. Set three goals to address diagnostic and practical issues for clientele.

3:45 – 4:00

  • WRAP UP, Review personal goal plan, and Evaluations
"The facilitator [Joanne] was very warm and engaging. She encouraged each person to bring a piece of themselves into the workshop." —Theresa Bennett, LCPC