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Friday Opening Plenary - April 27, 2017 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am  (1.5 CE Credits)

Smartphones and Mental Health: Impacts on Teens and Adults

The advent of smartphones has led to a fundamental shift in how we spend leisure time. This shift has been especially pronounced among young people, particularly those born since 1995, known as iGen. In nationally representative surveys of 11 million adolescents and young adults, mental health issues suddenly increased after smartphones became common after 2012. Trends include increases in anxiety, depressive symptoms, loneliness, major depressive episodes, self-harm, suicide risk factors, and the suicide rate and declines in happiness, life satisfaction, and sleep time. Teens who spend more time on screens are more likely to experience mental health issues and lower psychological well-being, and links between screen time and lower psychological well-being also appear among adults. Dr. Twenge will offer solutions and recommendations for practice based on current research.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the changes in mental health among teens after 2012.
  • Describe the research linking screen time to lower psychological well-being.
  • State ways to manage technology use based on the research
  Jean M. Twenge, PhD, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and the books iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell). Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today's young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Saturday Plenary - April 28, 2017 8:30 am - 10:30 am (2 CE Credits)

Using Digital Tools to Expand Psychological Practice: Helping as Many People as Possible

Digital tools focused on health and mental health are proliferating, yet many practitioners are wary of integrating them into their practice and issues such as adhering to ethical and professional norms and liability have not been fully worked out.  This presentation will address the potential advantages and pitfalls of adopting technology to provide effective mental health services. Dr. Muñoz will present a way of categorizing digital interventions that provides clarity about where in a continuum of digital adoption each practitioner feels comfortable. He will also discuss ways in which psychology could increase the number of people who avail themselves of face-to-face, traditional therapy by offering digital interventions to large numbers of persons and offering live therapy to those who do not improve sufficiently.  The presentation will include a panel discussion with practicing clinicians about the ways they are integrating technology into their practices.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss four categories of interventions, from traditional face-to-face therapy to fully automated interventions.
  • Explain the current evidence for efficacy and effectiveness of digital interventions
  • Describe stepped care strategies for increasing the number of people who use face-to-face therapy

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD obtained his A.B. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.  He is currently Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University, and a member of the affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has coauthored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including three Annual Review of Psychology and Annual Review of Clinical Psychology chapters, plus several books, including Control Your Depression, Controlling Your Drinking, and The Prevention of Depression:  Research and Practice.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2017 he was inducted as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "for distinguished contributions towards the prevention of major depression and the development of Internet interventions to improve mental health worldwide."

Sunday Closing Plenary - April 29, 2017 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 CE credits)

The Future is Already Here

We live at an amazing point in time - when what we envisioned as "the future" has actually arrived.  Because we experience the world in a linear way, it is sometimes hard to recognize the exponential growth rate in computing power which in turn fuels the rapid development of other tech-based fields: artificial intelligence, mapping the human brain, telecommunications, the proliferation of sensors that monitor your health and any other behavior, 3D printing and so on. These simultaneous disruptions across multiple domains results in what is called a "VUCA world": a world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.  Certainly psychology as a discipline is not immune to these changes. Individual psychologists are impacted on a professional and personal basis, as are our clients.  It is imperative that we become aware of, and respond to, both the threats and the opportunities these unparalleled changes bring.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe technological advances present both threats and opportunities for psychology.
  • Discuss possible future trends and how those might impact the discipline.
  • Examine possible roles psychologists might discover in this changed environment.

Nancy Gordon Moore, PhD, MBA, a clinical psychologist at the American Psychological Association and is the Executive Director of Strategic Programs. There, she is responsible for the offices that are crucial in planning for the future and have association-wide impact. Before this assignment, she was Executive Director (ED) for Governance Affairs and Acting ED for Communications. Previously, Dr. Moore was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychological Association.  She received training as a Foresight Practitioner from the Institute for the Future, and has long tracked future trends.



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