Special Event(s) and Programs

What:  Taming Technology:  A Practical Guide to                                      Effective Digital-Parenting

When:  Tuesday, November 12th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Hampton United Methodist Church

             525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH

This event is freely offered by the people of the Hampton United Methodist Church, the public is warmly invited. All are welcome!

Are you are worried about the amount of time that you, your partner, or your child is spending glued to screens? Does your child experience anxiety or irritability when ending an online game? Do you constantly check your emails or social media accounts and feel less connected in your relationships? If you can relate to these experiences, you or your loved ones might be suffering from Technology Addiction. Just like the substance-based addictions, Technology Addiction enslaves our brain’s reward circuitry and can lead to long-term neurological, social, and psychological problems.

A handful of companies are designing technologies with the sole purpose of capturing and commoditizing our attention. Many top US universities are investing heavily in so called “persuasive design” labs, perfecting the psychological tricks that compel us to consume more and more technology. As Tristan Harris, a former Google Executive puts it, “there are a thousand people on the other side of the screen whose job it is to break down the self-regulation we have.” In the age of Social Media, Smartphones, Amazon, and Free-Internet-Pornography, we’re all one gadget or app away from addiction.

This workshop will focus on helping families become informed & mindful technology users by:

  • Explore why Behavioral Addictions develop, their effects on the brain and risk factors for developing Technology Addiction.
  • Identify the symptoms associated with Technology Addiction & discuss the available treatment options.
  • Explore evidence-based & age-appropriate communication strategies so families can engage in meaningful and productive conversations about their technology use.
  • Provide families with behavioral and technological tools and strategies to minimize the harmful effects of technology.
  • Dedicate at least 30 minutes for a productive Q&A session.

About the presenter: Oz Akbas is a psychotherapist in Dover, NH who specializes in the treatment of trauma (EMDR), OCD (ERP), anxiety, depression, and technology and pornography addiction. He has been in the field of mental health for over 14 years and offers workshops designed to translate the research findings on Technology Addiction, Neuropsychology and Mindfulness into principles that can be practically applied by all who seek healing and growth. Contact Oz: OZAKBASLMFT@GMAIL.COM / 603-932-6473