BSF CE Workshop Faculty

Excessive and Uncomplementary Screen Use; Effects on Health, Wellness, and Development
EEG assessment, diagnostic markers, and successful therapeutic interventions

Orlando, Florida - October 12 - 13, 2019

Pesented by
Mari Swingle, PhD
Vancouver, Canada

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Mari Swingle, Ph.D. is a practicing therapist, clinical researcher, public speaker, and the author of I-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species, and I-Minds 2.0: How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our brains and What to Do About It. She is a winner of a 2015 Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences Foundation (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award ‘for her major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior and for increasing awareness of research through media and public outreach. She speaks locally and internationally on the topics of the brain, technology, societal shifts, and mental health. Dr. Swingle is known for her extensive practical knowledge and her unique ability to clearly communicate otherwise esoteric scientific information. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Education, and B.A. in Visual Arts and maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver, Canada.

In her research Dr. Swingle examines how we have embraced and assimilated technologies into all aspects of our lives without fully understanding their effects on our culture and our persons. She explores screen-based technology’s effects on attention, creativity and innovative process, personality alteration, mental and physical health, and development. In the realm of mental health she explores associations of excessive or inappropriate screen usage with hyperarousal, altered attachment, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional deregulation, sexual dysfunction, addiction, and the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. A particular emphasis of her work is exploring the effects of technology on children, the developing brain, and how technology is eclipsing our relationships with both the physical world and each other.

COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL INTEREST DECLARATION

The speaker has no financial interest to declare related to this presentation.


WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe symptoms of generalized I-addiction, process addiction, and combined content and process addiction.
  • Identify individual and cultural risk factors for various types of I-addiction and excessive and uncomplementary screen use.
  • Describe the different age effects as they relate to variations in symptom severity and treatment success outcomes.
  • Explain the stages and phases of critical developmental interference on the developing brain/person.
  • Utilize the EEG (Clinical Q) as an assessment and diagnostic tool.
  • Analyze the EEG (Clinical Q) as a clinical progress measure.
  • Educate clients on how to mitigate societal factors that contribute to I-addiction and excessive and uncomplementary screen use including: social and scholastic resistance; parental fatigue; apathy and abdication; how distinguish science from hype in media and other PR.
  • Discuss base biological interference in addition to the EEG resulting from I-addiction and excessive and uncomplementary screen use, its implications for biofeedback treatment.
  • Differentiate between I-tech use as healthy and Integrated vs unhealthy Interference that would benefit from intervention.