Breaking the Trance of Screen Addiction

Wurzweiler School of Social Work Care Cafe Presents May 2 Event on Impact of Screen Addiction on Children

Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work will present “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—And How to Break the Trance” on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York City. The program will feature guest speaker Dr. Nicholas Kardaras and explore the full impact of exploding technology use on young minds.

Dr. Kardaras, author, clinician, educator, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts, argues that technology has profoundly affected children’s brains—and not necessarily for the better. In this provocative talk, he’ll expose the underside of screen culture and its shocking intersections with spiking rates of ADHD, anxiety, depression, opioid addiction and youth suicide. Unpacking the mass of psychological, social, cultural and emotional factors plaguing “Glow Kids,” he’ll also offer hope with up-to-the-minute tools and tactics for reclaiming young minds and society’s future.

Dr. Kardaras is a powerful advocate for recognition of digital addiction as a clinical disorder, and is the author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance. He has treated more than 1,000 teens and young people around this issue and is on the cutting edge for new treatment development. Formerly clinical director of The Dunes Rehabilitation Center in East Hampton, New York, he is a professor of neuropsychology and co-creator of clinical protocols with Harvard Medical School’s Division of Addiction. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News and NPR; has written on addiction for Scientific American, Psychology Today and TIME Magazine; and leads efforts to educate parents, providers and the public in combatting this growing global challenge.

The program is part of Wurzweiler’s Care Café series, a free, traveling, psycho-educational community resource program which support individuals and families seeking help and information around issues of concern. Through presentations on a variety of topics, Care Café aims to educate, motivate, empower and nurture hope around pressing psychosocial challenges and solutions.

“We have cafés to feed our bodies, but we don’t always have a place to go to feed our souls, nourish our flagging spirits or get information around significant life issues in a supportive space,” said Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Care Café’s program director. “Our goal is to provide this public service plus connect those in need to targeted referrals and resources for additional help.”

Wurzweiler Care Café is a grant-funded program produced and staffed by Wurzweiler School of Social Work, in collaboration with local community partners. For more information or to participate, please visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/carecafe or contact Dr. Mitchell at katherine.mitchell@yu.edu or (631)481-6550.

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