We are happy to announce a new offering of the Introduction to Problem Technology Use course that will take place this fall from November 6th – December 8th, 2023.
This five-week, online course will be facilitated by Mahfuz Hassan (MA, BCBA), and provides an overview and introductory knowledge on important topics related to problem technology use with a focus on problem gaming and problem social media use. It is intended for addiction and mental health service providers who may be in a position to support someone with issues related to problem technology use. The course topics will include general overviews, risks, assessments, treatment options, and current issues. In the final week (December 4th – 8th, 2023), learners will work directly with a simulated patient to practice what they have learned during the course (required).
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Explain what problem technology use, problem gaming use, and problem social media use are;
- Describe the harms associated with technology use focusing on gaming and social media use;
- Identify problem technology prevalence rates and trends;
- Explain what gaming and social media is, and how it relates to problem technology use;
- Select relevant risk and protective factors associated with problem gaming and social media use to inform a treatment plan;
- Select screening tools and assessment questions for problem gaming and social media use to inform a treatment plan;
- Identify emerging treatment methods and planning strategies for problem gaming and problem social media use; and,
- Apply assessment and treatment approaches to PTU clients.
This continuing professional development activity is held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). It has been assessed for up to a maximum of 16 hours.
This course has also been accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 16 Continuing Education Units/Hours.
To learn more about the course and to register, please go to: