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Smartphone Addiction: Clinical Tools for Tech-related Anxiety, Depression and more

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Nadja Streiter |  Nina Hersher, MSW
6 Hours 22 Minutes
Mar 29, 2023
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Smartphone and internet overuse can be heavily implicated in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and stress.

...and 67% of your clients are compulsively checking their smartphones for alerts, calls, and texts

…even without getting a notification.

Clinical training never taught us how to handle toxic relationships with devices.

That’s why industry leaders, Nina Hersher, MSW, and Nadja Streiter, LMSW, have developed a 1-day training that will leave you feeling confident and skilled that you are fully addressing the effects of technology use with your clients.

Best of all, the learning will be fun and easy—including use of case studies, activities, visual tools, and experiential exercises. Walk-away knowing exactly how to help clients:

  • Understand how their mental health is connected to their digital use, so they buy into the process
  • Implement psychosocial interventions to experience more energy and focused attention
  • Recognize the insidious nature of social media’s comparison culture and turn towards their life again
  • Develop a step-by-step plan for flourishing in a digital world

Become more skilled addressing tech-related issues in session, purchase now!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Nadja Streiter's Profile

Nadja Streiter Related seminars and products

Nadja Streiter, LMSW, is a psychotherapist and international speaker specializing in treating adults and adolescents who struggle with problematic technology use, and related mental health concerns like ADHD, depression, anxiety, and complex trauma. Streiter serves on the advisory board for Intenta Digital – a platform for digital health and well-being, and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health. She received her master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and has received specialized training in CBT, EMDR, Digital Wellness and Behavioral Addictions.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nadja Streiter is the founder and therapist of Eyes Up Wellness. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nadja Streiter serves on the MASS Counsel on Gaming and Health Board and is an advisory member of Intenta.


Nina Hersher, MSW's Profile

Nina Hersher, MSW Related seminars and products

Nina Hersher, MSW, is Chief Learning Officer at the Digital Wellness institute, author of the bestseller, Your Playbook for Thriving in the Remote Work Era, and a highly sought-after speaker. A leading expert in digital wellness, Hersher holds a specialized Master of Social Work in Norms of Connectivity, Digital Culture and Program Development from Washington University in St. Louis. Hersher is also Co-founder of annual Digital Wellness Day, reaching over 7.5 million people across the globe in 36 countries. Most recently, Hersher’s work was featured in publications including Forbes, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Al Jazeera, and Voice of America.

A member of several speakers bureaus, she has presented internationally at retreat centers, corporations, and conferences ranging from Kripalu and Wisdom 2.0 to Spotify, Dolby, and The King Abdulaziz Center. Nina’s pioneering work in digital wellness includes co-founding the Digital Flourishing® Wheel and approach with her team at The Digital Wellness Institute, which led to the creation of the first scientifically validated survey instrument to measure well-being in the digital age. Her leadership brought to life the first nationally accredited “Certified Digital Wellness Educator” program, an educational impact partnership with the 2-time Emmy award-winning documentary, The Social Dilemma, and two internationally renowned universities.

Hersher serves as a lead teacher and curriculum developer at The Digital Wellness Institute, sits on the advisory boards of two child and adolescent-focused Digital Wellness organizations, and was recently asked to serve on The Workplace Wellbeing Initiative Task Force at The Global Wellness Institute. She holds additional credentials including Oasis in the Overwhelm Facilitator, Teen Outreach Program Facilitator, and Meditation Teacher, with which she focuses on both youth and adult Digital Wellness education. She also runs Nina Hersher LLC, a private speaking, coaching, and curriculum development firm dedicated to research and education regarding mental health in a fast-paced world.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nina Hersher is the co-founder of Digital Wellness Day and has an employment relationship with Digital Wellness Institute. She is a speaker and consultant with Nina Hersher, LLC. Nina Hersher receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nina Hersher is a taskforce member of Global Wellness Institute, serves on the advisory board of Bonfire Digital Wellness, and the founding advisor and lead counselor for America Offline Camps.


  1. Analyze sources of digitally based anxiety to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Assess assessment of warning signs of technology addiction and overuse related to anxiety assessment.
  3. Evaluate key digital wellness terminology and learn risks of technology overuse linked to mental health challenges.
  4. Determine and overcome distraction-based pain points with telehealth to improve client wellbeing and engagement.
  5. Apply psychosocial and physical interventions to support wellbeing in remote work and hybrid work contexts.
  6. Develop tools to model and teach the prevention and recovery of digital burnout and sensory overload.


The Elephant in the Clinical Space: Technology Addiction and Overuse
  • The “elephant” in the clinical space no one is addressing
  • Taking a look at digital use: Getting clients onboard
  • Challenging norms in the digital age
  • Presenting Problems Wheel for digital stress, overuse and addition
  • Latest research on digitally related mental health outcomes
    • Technology overuse and anxiety and depression
    • Social media and mood disorders
    • Digital multi-tasking and poor cognitive outcomes
    • The role of dopamine in technology addiction
Apnea, Phubbing, and Other Tech Problems: Intake and Assessment Strategies to Understand Clients’ Use
  • How to ask clients about technology overuse and digital addiction
  • How to spot email apnea, phubbing, and other technology-related problems
  • Technology overuse and addiction symptomology
  • Technology overuse risks—insomnia, loneliness, and more
  • Research-based tools to assess and track digital use
Treatment Interventions for Digital Flourishing®
  • What does digital flourishing look like?
  • Digital Flourishing Model
  • Spectrum of Digital Wellness and Device Usage
  • Clinical Interventions
    • “How-to” guide for conscious content consumption
    • Boundary setting for tech-life balance
    • Skillful ways to exit digital communities
    • Tools to tackle negative social comparisons
    • End distractions from technology
    • How to create a peaceful and focused workspace
    • Establish norms of communication with others (e.g., Communication Charter Exercise—PDF Included)
  • Case Study: Anxious 32-year-old on the brink of divorce. Responds to late emails and wakes up checking his device
Tools, Apps and Technology Enabled Health
  • Harnessing technology for fuel instead of fatigue
  • Apps and tools that decrease technology related stress
  • Values Clarification App
  • Digital boundaries that stick
  • Case Study: 45-year-old mom and engineer working from home, struggling with panic and little spousal support
  • Step-by-step plan for to develop digital wellness
    • Assess your place on the Spectrum of Digital Wellness
    • Take the Digital Flourishing survey
    • Know what digital success looks like
    • Digital Wellness Plan: Implement and maintain
  • Case Study: 16-year old clocking over 3 hours a day on social media. Overwhelmed by racing thoughts and rejection sensitivity
Special Considerations
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Cultural and generational differences in tech use
    • Disabilities and tech considerations
    • Privacy considerations for telehealth
    • Disorders flagged as challenging to treat with telehealth
  • Limitations of research and potential risks
  • Ethics
  • Scope of practice

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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