Wean From the Screen: Harm Reduction for Media-Device Use

This session is from the NASP 2024 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain an understanding of what constitutes problematic media/device use and how it impacts the health and life functioning of students.
  2. learn about the different neurobiological, cognitive (including executive functioning), emotional, social, cultural, and behavioral factors that impact media/device use.
  3. gain an understanding of how this impacts students from diverse cultures, religions, and economic backgrounds.
  4. understand the varying state laws and the impact for parents if their child engages in inappropriate media/device use.
  5. gain information about how a harm reduction, CBT paradigm could work as treatment for media/device overuse or misuse and learn specific strategies to help design targeted intervention to support reduction in student MDU.
  6. learn methods for assessing whether a student’s MDU is unhealthy.


The presenters will provide information on factors contributing to unhealthy media and device use (MDU) and how to assess the impact and intervene using CBT and harm reduction approaches.


Jessica L. Stewart, Private Practice
Christy A. Mulligan, Adelphi University
Ray W. Christner, PsyD, Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC

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