Following Up  | April 7, 2020 Online Program

Recorded on Tuesday, March 31, 2020:  During the COVID-19 pandemic, families have an opportunity to take advantage of technology in so many heathy ways, while keeping a balance and watching out for too much screen time!

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A. Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW
A. Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSWCo-Founder, Ethos Treatment, LLC

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker that has over twenty years of experience providing direct clinical treatment for those who are dually diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues. Michael has worked in all levels of care in the treatment of addiction and mental health. Michael has extensive expertise in establishing and supervising residential and outpatient programs throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

Michael is a leading expert in the field of prevention, specializing in middle school and high school prevention talks and staff development. Providing CEUs on the impact of technology, process addiction, complex trauma, young adult substance abuse and dual diagnosis are just a few workshop titles Michael has facilitated.   Michael is known for working with complex individuals and their families assisting in difficult times of discerning the appropriate level of care or proper placement.

Mike’s Recommended Resources

> How to Create Screen-Life Balance When Life Has Shifted to Screens
NY Times  |  April 24, 2020

Following Up  |  In-Person 2020 Community Events

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, discusses ways that our kids are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” the access to substances online, and more.

Well known for his insights about the real-world challenges facing adolescents and young adults, Mike helps us to navigate the over-exposure to media and technology, as well as encouraging a healthy balance.

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Thank you to the School District of Springfield Township for videotaping the February 12, 2020 presentation by local clinician, Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW.

Resources for Technology Use and Kids


Common Sense Media

Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more.


Cyberwise

Find their Top Digital Citizenship Resources for parents and teachers.


Screenagers Film Site

Two films and loads of information and resources. Sign up for their “Tech Talk Tuesdays”


Personal Devices and Health

Center for Parent & Teen Communication


Digital Citizenship in Education (ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education)

ISTE resources help you bring digital citizenship to the classroom in meaningful ways.


Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? The World Health Organization (WHO) Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases

NPR Education  |  May 28, 2019


Harvard case offers reminder of perils of online misbehavior

Associated Press  |  June 18, 2019


Screen-Free

Join hundreds of thousands of people around the world and pledge to unplug from screen-based entertainment from May 4 – 10, 2020. Let your imagination run wild – there’s no limit to what you can do during Screen-Free Week!


reSTART

Behavioral Addiction Treatment Center:  Video Game Addiction Treatment, Internet Addiction, And Screen-time Overuse. Serving Adults 18+ and Teens ages 13-18 with Depression, Anxiety, Attention, Relational and Academic Concerns


Could You Be Addicted to Technology?  Signs and symptoms that a problem exists.

Psychology Today  |  February 12, 2018


Opinion: Tech addiction is real. We psychologists need to take it seriously.

Washington Post  |  March 18, 2019

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