Screen Use, Internet Addiction & the Developing Brain

Join us for a special workshop with Drs. Tina Payne Bryson and Lou Cozolino!

“Screen Use, Internet Addiction, & the Developing Brain”

A 6.0 CE Workshop

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Workshop Description

The last decade has witnessed a near complete penetration of screens and the internet into our everyday lives. Screens have not only changed the way we work, they have also affected our parenting, development, education, and attachment relationships. The digital world is typically a significant part of children’s lives as well, and has changed how and what they learn, how they entertain themselves, how they interact socially, and how they develop.

In this workshop for educators, therapists, and other professionals, we will explore the impact of screens on our physical and mental health, how we think and learn, our capacity to relate to one another, and our ability to develop a healthy inner life.

Topics will include a discussion of internet addiction, the impact of screens on brain development and neural functioning, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and attachment. The day will end with a discussion of ways to combat the overuse of screens and to decrease their negative impact on ourselves and our children.



Lou Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and maintains clinical and consulting practices in Los Angeles and New York. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles, including The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy (2010), Attachment Based Teaching (2013), The Neuroscience of Human Relationships (2014), and Why Therapy Works (2015).


Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW, PhD, is the author of Bottom Line for Baby (2020) and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Power of Showing Up (2020) and The Yes Brain (2018), as well as two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole Brain Child (2011), and No Drama Discipline (2014). She is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopment lens.


The Center for Connection

3030 E. Colorado Blvd., First Floor Conference Room

Pasadena CA 91107


Please park in the lot adjacent to the building or use street parking, unlimited on weekends.

Learning Objectives:

After the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will learn about the current research on the impact of screen use, by both parents and children, on the developing brain.

  2. Participants will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of internet addiction.

  3. Participants will come to understand the underlying neurobiology and biochemistry of patterns of screen use and internet addiction.

  4. Participants will come to understand the impact of excessive screen use on attentional capacity, critical thinking, and executive functioning.

  5. Participants will come to understand the impact of excessive screen use attachment, bonding, attunement, and emotional regulation.

  6. Participants will learn pragmatic approaches to reducing compulsive screen use and its negative impacts on cognitive and interpersonal functioning.

Full Day (6.0 CE) Workshop Schedule:

8:30 am Check In

9:00 am Internet Addition and the Developing Brain

10:45 am Morning Break

11:00 am Attachment, Attunement and Facebook

12:30 pm Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 pm Distraction, Executive Functioning and Academic Development

3:00 pm Afternoon Break

3:15 pm Learning to Use Screens Instead of Letting Them Use You

4:30 pm Adjournment


Please arrive by 8:30 am to check in. Morning and afternoon breaks provided at the speakers' discretion.

Lunch Hour will be 1 hour: 12:30 pm -1:30 pm

Lunch Options:

A list of local Pasadena cafes and eateries will be provided at the workshop to enjoy a relaxing lunch on your own or with your colleagues.

Workshop Registration:

Cost $250. Register above via PayPal or with a credit or debit card.

Continuing Education:

From the Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, Georgeanne Wisen, LMFT RPT-S (Provider #137262) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Georgeanne Wisen, LMFT RPT-S is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Georgeanne Wisen, LMFT RPT-S maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit.

NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE: Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance onsite at the completion of the workshop.

Target Audience:

Licensed and Pre-licensed Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Psychologists, Students, Interns, etc.

Instructional Level:

Introductory to Intermediate.

Audience Pre-requisites:


Cancellations and Refunds:

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to Georgeanne Wisen LMFT, 3030 E. Colorado Blvd. #214, Pasadena CA 91107. Requests must be postmarked one week prior to workshop date in order to receive refund. There is a $10 administrative fee for refunds. There are no discounts for partial attendance.


If you are dissatisfied with this workshop or its procedures at any time, please contact Georgeanne Wisen, LMFT RPT-S, at Make sure that in the subject line you write “For Georgeanne Wisen - Nov. 9 Workshop” to receive a timely response, along with copy of the written grievance policy for addressing participant complaints in a reasonable, ethical, and timely fashion.


If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification at time of registration, but no later than two weeks before workshop date to provide accessibility.

Conflicts of Interest:

Presenters do not maintain any relationships associated with this workshop that could be construed as a conflict of interest/commercial support.

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Deciphering Sensory Processing: A 4-Week Intensive Study Group for Professionals

This four-week course will address sensory processing as a whole, dissect each of the eight sensory systems, and discuss how sensory input impacts daily functioning and regulation--all of which will give you another lens with which to view the behaviors of clients. And it will provide you tools to recognize the need for an Occupational Therapy evaluation!

LEARN MORE (In-person & Online Options Available!)

Sensory information pervades our lives: how our clothes feel, what the air smells like, what the radio is playing, how we navigate a busy room, how we sit upright in a chair, what our food tastes like, how bright the sun appears… How do our brains make sense of this constant bombardment of information? What happens when our brains take in too much of this information? What happens when our brains take in too little of this information? How do sensory integration issues impact school and work performance? Discovering the answers to these questions will open up a world of understanding to your own sensory needs, as well as relate to the sensory needs of others around you.


Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC (OTD 12477), earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in the St. Louis School of Medicine. During her studies, she developed a practice model for the integration of occupational therapy into orphanage-like settings. In 2015 she achieved certification from the CBOT in swallowing and feeding (SWC) with a focus on pediatrics, and is trained by Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in their auditory-based multisensory program and in Dr. Stephen Porges' Safe&Sound Protocol (SSP). In 2018, she became Level 1 Certified as a handwriting specialist by Learning Without Tears.

Much of Jamie’s knowledge and experience is rooted in sensory integration theory and practice that fundamentally acknowledges that the brain can actually change through repeated stimulation (called neuroplasticity). With clients, she strives to help children be comfortable in their bodies and environment by effectively integrating incoming sensory input (visual, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and oral). She believes in a play-based, relationship-based approach to therapy that is rooted in regulation. Click here to learn more about Jamie.


Our next group will begin on Saturday, October 5th, at 8:00 am (and end at 10:00 am). Subsequent sessions will take place on Saturdays (October 12, 19, and 26) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 3030 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91107.  Click here to download the flyer.


Each group session costs $120 ($480 total). For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Jaime Chaves (email:

ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

2019-2020 Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series

Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series

Provided by The Center for Connection’s Play Strong Training Institute

The Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series is designed for mental health professionals at all skill levels and can be used toward completion of up to 50 hours of Play Therapy education required to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Now offered In Person and Online.

Feeling ready to expand your play therapy toolkit? This course offers cutting-edge, research based techniques to work with families using a play-based interaction model designed to strengthen parent-child attachment, increase the emotional regulation of children and their caregiving adults, and build in resilience against stress, anxiety and trauma experienced by families. You'll learn to improve the parent-child relationship in dyadic and family play therapy treatment to positively impact and accelerate emotional and behavioral outcomes for children.

Admission is now open, enroll before the first workshop date, Saturday September 21, to join a vibrant learning community of IPNB informed therapists. Start your registration today!

Click the button above to learn more about the series, workshop content, pricing, and how to sign up. Our first session begins on September 21st!

Let's Talk: A Caregiver Education Series

Ask Questions. Get Answers. Connect with Others.

Our “Let’s Talk” group is designed for caregivers, from parents to caregivers of children or adults with special needs. It’s open to all parents and caregivers of children of all ages.

Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Week One: Sensory Integration and Regulation

  • Week Two: Sibling Relationships

  • Week Three: When to “Cushion” and When to “Push”

  • Week Four: Screen Time Research and Regulations

  • Week Five: Establishing Routines during School Breaks

  • Week Six: Diet and Picky Eating

Our group will be facilitated by Dr. Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, Center for Connection OT Division Director, and Annalise Kordell, LCSW, Center for Connection Clinical Director.


Dates: 6 weeks starting Thursday, September 19 2019

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: 3030 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 206, Pasadena, CA 91107

Cost: $40/session (or $200 if you register for all 6 sessions)

Register: Want more information or to sign up? Contact Dr. Jamie Chaves at or Annalise Kordell at

Click here to download a flyer.

ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Cool, Calm, & Connected [A Group on Emotional Regulation]

Our "Cool, Calm, Connected" group centers around emotional regulation for parents and kids. Our facilitators for this group are typically Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, and Jessica Requejo, ASW.

Here's how our CCC group works: kids meet in one room, learning about emotional regulation, practicing awareness and skills, and incorporating lots of psychoeducation on the brain, zones of arousal, sensory soothing, etc. We teach it by using roleplays, group discussion, creative problem solving, and making sock puppets about our brain! At the same time, parents meet in another room, where they receive parenting support and discuss the same content that their kids are working on, so that they're better able to help kids talk about, practice and integrate those skills into their daily lives. Families leave the group with a new, shared vocabulary around emotional expression and connection with a host of new strategies. We cover topics such as:

  • what is emotional regulation,

  • where do we feel emotions in our bodies,

  • how can we regulate ourselves (and our children),

  • what are our biggest triggers and issues,

  • what are our own sensory sensitivities, and

  • how to have more compassion for ourselves and children.


Our group will meet for 8 weeks on Fridays from September 6th through November 1st, except September 27th. We are offering two groups:

  • Group 1 is for parents and kids ages 6-8 meeting from 4:30-5:30pm

  • Group 2 is for parents and kids ages 9-11 meeting from 5:45-6:45pm

We’ll meet at 3030 E. Colorado Blvd., second floor, Pasadena, CA 91107.

Download a flyer here.


The cost for this group is $650. Sign up by August 20th to receive a $75.00 discount if you paid full fee up front or send a $100 deposit to hold your spot and pay the rest when the group starts on August 2nd.

For information and to register for future sessions, please contact Karla Cardoza via phone (818-643-1209) or email ( 

ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

BRAVE BOBCATS: A Social-Emotional Enhancement Camp

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R


Brave Bobcats is a social-emotional enhancement camp which is designed for children ages 6 to 8. It offers an ongoing educational component for parents to learn more about supporting children to become socially and emotionally competent and learning an array of activities in managing social anxiety.

Here's what you'll learn...

  • Becoming emotionally competent

  • How our senses affect our emotions

  • What it means to be in and out of our "Just Right" zone

  • Manage big feelings through yoga and various games, arts and crafts

  • Engaging in social situations with empowerment and courage

  • and more!

How the camp works...

Our "Brave Bobcats" camp for socio-emotional regulation and competence runs for one week and is geared toward kids (ages 6 - 8) coping with social anxiety and/or Selective Mutism.

Here is how it works: the group is facilitated by two mental health therapists; the parents and the kids initially participate in a sensory-motor/art activity together and then parents leave the room and will wait in the lobby. The kids will be engaging in various activities that promote regulation to then learn about how the brain works, various zones of emotional regulation, identification of feelings, engaging in fun games in the group, creating a "Brave Box" and more. Families will make a journal to track progress and communicate with the therapist any additional questions or concerns. Also, the families will learn about the curriculum so that they practice the same emotional vocabulary at home.


To learn about upcoming groups, join our newsletter or email


Contact our camp leader to learn more: Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, at The cost for the group is $780.

ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.