CyberSense Power Up (CPU)

We all have serious digital epidemic on our hands. Society and particularly our youth are being dramatically impacted by digital overuse. The repercussions are pervasive and are negatively affecting family life, school life, work life, health, and communities.  Whether it is disintegration of a family unit during normal bonding times such as meals, decreases in exercise, lack of true social and meaningful engagement, interrupted focus, or mobile phone and gaming addiction as a few examples; we are all being impacted.

It is with this in mind, that we have developed at NeuroSense Psychology an entry level program for children, teenagers, and parents to become educated about their use, to self-monitor, to take control of their “digital footprint” and personal data, and to gain strategies for finding successful life and family balance in this digital age.

CyberSense Power Up (CPU) is a program designed to increase, or power up, one’s “cognitive control” as it relates to use of technology. It is designed as a brief psychoeducation and intervention model for those struggling with any form of problematic internet use: smartphone addiction, online gaming addiction, social media overuse, porn addiction, online gambling addiction, and/or virtual/augmented reality addiction.

CPU consists of an intake session with the client and their parents and/or complete nuclear family system (desired, but not required), six program sessions, and four follow-up sessions. The four follow-up sessions will occur at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. Each follow up session will include an assessment to provide data and outcome measures to track improvement. Each participant is provided a workbook for use throughout the program and as a resource beyond.

Techniques from a variety of therapeutic orientations including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Developmental-Relationship Based models, and Reality Therapy have been incorporated to foster growth and transformation. Program participants can expect to learn about their addictions, become motivated for change/improvement of their current self, learn intrapersonal and interpersonal skills with the intent of application to develop real world interactions and friendships and commit to a more enriched life.

This program was created in 2018 by Dr. Dustin Weissman, PsyD, a specialist in Internet Addiction and Problematic Internet Use, and Dr. Jonine Nazar-Biesman, PsyD, ABPdN, a pediatric neuropsychologist.