Too much time and activity on social media sites, without time for reflection and real-life interactions, have been found to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation and compulsive/addictive behaviours in young people. Tobi Goldfus, from the USA, will be demonstrating ways of including the digital world when working with young people using hypnotherapy when he speaks at the EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF HYPNOSIS in Manchester in August.
The balance of online presence, real life and inner states have dramatically shifted, as well as former definitions of boundaries and confidentiality in the lives of the adolescent/ young adult world. While being plugged in, highly skilled and technologically adept is required today and keeps our world connected in phenomenal ways, too much time and activity on social media sites without time for reflection and real-life interactions, have also been found to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation and compulsive/addictive behaviours. This workshop will present a Social Media Assessment Form (SMA) to expand the clinician’s therapeutic effectiveness to include the digital world and experience of the young person in understanding their developmental tasks being mastered online with those in real life. Seven stages of smart phone attachment, cyber friendly scripts, and a new cyberspace glossary of terms will be given to increase tools in evaluating healthy and unhealthy uses and behaviours online. When to unplug, how to and when NOT to will be explored and discussed. Down-regulation techniques such as the ego strengthening Inner Selfie Technique using mobile devices will be taught. Experiential exercises, case examples and how comparing and contrasting online and therapeutic hypnotic phenomena can be utilized for greater emotional impact will be demonstrated.