San Diego CAMFT appreciates its members and all the support you give us every year by attending the various events and workshops we offer. Each year we give back by treating you to an appreciation event. This year, SD CAMFT appreciated its members by treating them to a night of socializing, networking, delicious food at BabyCakes in Hillcrest. The night was filled with laughs, networking, raffle prizes, and each member went home with a self-care kit for all their hard work giving back to the community and helping others each day. Thank you again to all of our SD CAMFT members for your ongoing support to our chapter, and our events.
Video Game Addiction
Now, generations no nothing but growing up with technology. 90% of American Youth play video games. Some individuals check their phones 160times a day. In the UK, Facebook is responsible for 1 out of 3 divorces, in US, 1 out of 4. As a result we are seeing higher prevalence of personality disorders, impulse control disorders which meet addiction criteria, anxiety disorders and affective disorders. The symptomatology increases when the client is not allowed to be online which can result in an increased use of substance use or risk for violence. Health problems related to sedentary behaviors include diabetes, obesity, vision problems, carpel tunnel, and even pressure sores. FOMO (fear of missing out) is also seen which then starts to look and present like OCD and sometimes OCPD.
The obsession with video games and media is new generations who lack socialization skills, experience “Failure to Launch,” and massive brain development due to the use of cell phones during infancy. Media allows people to simply let go and dysregulate. Our media culture is justifying the use of drugs, video games, Youtube, Netflix, etc.. In SE Asia, video gaming is a sponsored sport with star gamers. 10 deaths have occurred with overplaying, sleep deprivation, dehydration, and exhaustion. A major blockbuster hollywood year is $13 Billion dollars, X-Box ‘One” brought in 40Billion in one year, and worldwide revenue is in the trillions. As a culture we are naive and blind to the effects that the last 20 years of technology has had. It’s time to wake up and be aware.
Why is it addictive? The gamer finds themselves always going for the high score, there’s no ceiling, competition exists with other players, the game itself, and the search for finding the hidden clue. Role play and fantasy characters create an emotional attachment for players equaling a higher self-esteem, competency, and sense of discovery of this “new world.”
As MFT’s we see the family system break down, parents who have gotten caught up in their own addictions to technology, and expectations that teenagers can raise themselves. The cell phone, game, or video has served as the parent.
What we need to be educating on:
Books: The Age of Spiritual Machines, Generation Me, and Narcissistic Epidemic
Psychology of Popular Media Culture Journal
Offender Locater Lite App
Neurocognitive and or psychometric testing (can help indicate further emotional problems)
Law & Ethics
YOU ARE A CREATOR! This last weekend, Dave Jensen, JD CAMFT Staff Attorney shared his expertise in our role as therapists in building and maintaining our character and credibility. When it really counts will you be believed? Are you maintaining and managing an honest practice? Honesty and integrity is expected. Dishonesty and lack of integrity is punished by the BBS. Document the job. We want to show that each case and concern was assessed, evaluated, and managed. Make it clear, don’t leave anything open to interpretation…including boundaries. Sometimes we want to help so much we overstep this one. Ask yourself it they are just cookies or “love cookies.” That should help keep you in check if the waters get murky. Do the facts to the case, your observations, support the judgements you have made? Got a tough case? Consult with an expert and document.
Keep in mind…
This week, Prelicensed members and board members met with Robin Andersen, LMFT, and president of North County CAMFT for her education on Prelicensed! She engaged the group in providing her valuable on line tool to connect, get information, and search for PAID MFT intern positions. We all know the struggle is real when it comes to finding a decent paid position as an intern. Robin has found the solution to this issue. The group had a chance to network, exchange resources, and problem solve. If you are prelicensed and need more support, please join us at our next Prelicensed event!! MFT INTERNSHIPS, GET HOURS, GET PAID PRESENTATION
Last night members learned that trauma is not in the event but in the nervous system at Bernadette Talia’s Somatic Experiencing event. The top down approach of traditional therapy doesn’t always resolve the underlying issue clients are coping with. It may support their coping skills however the body and it’s physical response to stressful events we experience also needs to be expressed.
When the body goes through stress the energy gets stuck in the body and as Bernadette said, “You’re all dressed up with no where to go.” One foot is on the gas while the other is on the brake. How often do we see clients stuck like this? The goal is to negotiate stress and trauma in the body. When things occur that dis-regulate we then need to re-regulate back to homeostasis. Teaching clients the language of sensation through felt sense and orientation(environment) support this stabilization. Once this is achieved, clients can connect the cognitive layer. SE Powerpoint
On Saturday, May 13th, Hannah's House, Jewish Family Services & SD-CAMFT presented SCREENAGERS to a group of professionals and parents! We had over 60 people sign up for the afternoon session and many questions about how to address screen addiction in our youth, families, schools, and communities. Clinicians reviewed the need to assess thoroughly for a screen use disorder and ruling out other diagnoses. Sometimes a screen addiction can look like depression, a learning disorder, ADHD, or Autism. There is a thickening of the brain that occurs with overuse of screens. Teens are highly susceptible to digital damage due to their brain being underdeveloped. They do not have the filters and impulse control that adults do which is why it's even more important to make sure that their time is structured after school and at home. If not, they will get sucked in. Parents, need education regarding how to support their teens, need to model appropriate use, and provide universal family rules around screens. The community and schools needs to step up and support one another with additional activities for our youth to engage in.
Spring Social: Cupcakes and Conversation
On Tuesday, April 25th, SDCAMFT hosted its first social event of the year! Delicious food and drinks were enjoyed by all at Babycakes while having interesting conversations about career goals, interests, and stories. We hope this event provided a great opportunity for everyone to meet some new people and expand their network. We will work to have more of these great events for everyone.
Trauma and the Body