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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