Premium Workshop – Virtual Addiction: Are we controlling our devices or are they controlling us?


9 am – 4 pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

$199 per registration/6 CE Credits

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421


Dr. David Greenfield, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction


This workshop will attempt to address the theory, research, and clinical/treatment issues associated with Internet Addiction and Internet Use Disorders.  There will be an introduction to the etiology, neurobiology, epidemiology and clinical/treatment implications of managing this growing process-addiction. We will also discuss some of the broader psychosocial and neurobehavioral aspects of the Internet as a mood-altering behavior and how the unique characteristics of the Internet promote compulsive use and addictive patterns. We will also discuss the specific addictive aspects of Smartphone use/abuse, along with distracted driving. Time permitting, we will review treatment strategies; Q&A.

Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to describe the major etiological factors and possible co-morbidities that contribute to Internet Addiction and Internet Use Disorder.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the neurobiological and reward patterns that appear to contribute to Internet Addiction and Internet Use Disorder.
  • Participants will be able to utilize the information presented in helping to make an accurate diagnosis and in developing an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Participants will have a basic understanding of the current research on Internet Addiction and Internet Use Disorder.

This workshop is for Social Workers, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, National Certified Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists/Psychiatrists, Psychologists/Psychiatrists, and Addiction Medicine Professionals. The format will include lecture, small group activities, and large group discussion.

About the Speaker:

Dr. David Greenfield is the founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine where he teaches Sexual Medicine and Behavioral Addiction courses and supervises in the psychiatry residency program. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on process and behavioral addictions and is author of Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell regarding the country’s growing Internet Addiction problem as well as numerous medical journal articles and book chapters; he also serves as an editor for numerous psychiatric and addiction medicine journals.

Dr.  David Greenfield lectures to public and medical groups throughout the world, and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. His work has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. He is widely credited with popularizing the variable ratio reinforcement schedule of process.

His recent research and clinical work is focused on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of compulsive Internet and technology use, behavioral addiction medicine, and compulsive Smartphone use. Dr. Greenfield is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, Fellow and Past-president of the Connecticut Psychological Association, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Greenfield sits on the board of the Connecticut Association of Treatment of Sex Offenders. Dr. Greenfield completed his post-doctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He resides and maintains an addiction and behavioral medicine practice in Connecticut.


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