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The Impact of Society's New Addiction to Speed and Technology on our Clinical Work

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


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Mid-Peninsula District Meeting

PresenterStephanie Brown, PhD

Program Description:

Society has lost control in a downward spiral of a new addiction to a faster pace of life, expressed most clearly through compulsive attachment to technology. From our need to be constantly connected and the changing definition of “work hours,” to a demand for instant gratification and the worship of impulse, we are being harmed by our non-stop pursuit of progress and success and our denial of human limits.

Many of the problems clinicians see today are linked to, and/or caused by, the chronic fast pace of life that has become an addiction for individuals and society. It is essential for clinicians to recognize that stress disorders of all kinds, anxiety and depression, process addictions such as overeating and overspending, and addictions to alcohol and all other drugs may today be the consequence of living in a chronically pressured, fast society.

What is the impact of this societal loss of control on our clinical work? We will combine theory and clinical examples to explain why all clinicians need to understand active addiction and the process of recovery. 


  • To describe the out of control, addicted culture of SPEED and its impact on society, the family and clinical work.
  • To translate a developmental model of family addiction and recovery to the addicted culture and to clinical work.
  • To describe the impact on clinical work of individuals and families who are arrested in their health and development in the stage of active SPEED addiction.
  • To describe assessment principles and practical interventions for therapists. 
About the Presenter:
Stephanie Brown, PhD is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience. She is an internationally recognized expert on the trauma and treatment of alcoholics and their families, and is especially well known for her pioneering work in the theory and treatment of adult children of alcoholics. She founded the Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center in 1977 and served as its director for eight years. She is a clinician, teacher, author, researcher, and consultant in the field of addiction. She is the founder and Director of the Addiction Institute in Menlo Park. 

Workshop Logistics:
The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Credits for non-members is $15 per meeting.
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