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Power Down & Parent Up

  • 12 Jan 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MST)
  • Former Rancho Canada Golf Club, Carmel Valley Road


Power Down & Parent Up:

Screen Dependence and Raising Tech-Healthy Children

with Holli Kenley, MA, MFT

Saturday, January 12, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Check-in at 8:30; breakfast included)

"Many parents sense intuitively that electronic screen activity has unwanted effects on their children’s behavior and mood, but are unsure what to do about it.”(Dunkley, 2015). “Parents and teens are both affected by the influences of our screen-saturated lives, but young people experience the effects with ferocious intensity.”(Koch, 2015). With a thorough investigation of electronic consumption and of current research validating the consequences of interactive and passive screen-time on developing children as well as on adult populations, participants will also examine effective interventions.

Presentation Objectives

Based on current research and published works on screen dependence, this workshop will:

  • Present background knowledge on the following: introduction to how and why this topic is of clinical relevance and therapeutic importance; explanation of new clinical vocabulary; identification of limitations or considerations of research.
  • Present research-based evidence of neurological, physiological, emotional, psychological, relational and behavioral manifestations as the result of both interactive and passive screen time.
  • Present tools for assessment and intervention with individuals, with an emphasis on children, and with families.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss background knowledge on screen dependence including the following:  describe its clinical relevance and therapeutic importance; identify at least three key terms or vocabulary in association with presenting pathology and symptomology; and describe at least three considerations to research.
  • As the result of interactive and passive screen time, participants will be able to describe at least three of the most common effects in each of the following areas: neurological, physiological, emotional, psychological, relational or social, and behavioral manifestations.
  • Participants will be able to articulate how the following occurrences are directly correlated to interactive and/or passive connectedness with electronic devices: frequent misdiagnosis of presenting symptomatology, the exacerbation of existing pathology, and the creation of new pathology.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast the symptoms/manifestations of Electronic Screen Syndrome (Dunkley, 2015) with presenting symptomatology of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD).
  • Participants will be able to describe at least three interventions for addressing health consequences and concerns of screen dependence for individual clients and families.

Presenter Bio

Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. In addition to her Private Practice in Rancho Mirage, CA, Holli  also works in the field of psychology as an author, speaker, and workshop presenter. She has been a six time peer presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Annual  State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions. Holli is Wellness Editor & Contributing Author for Clear LIFE Inc., an online magazine dedicated to informing audiences about sustainable flavors of food, fashion, and healthy living.

Because of her training and experience working with trauma and abuse victims, Holli was naturally drawn to the areas of bullying and cyber bullying. In 2006, Holli Kenley began conducting research into the causal factors of cyber bullying which led her into an ongoing extensive study of “our relationship with technology and its impact on the human condition.”

3 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation

(Psychologists and nurses, CE cost is $25. Please purchase CEs here.)


Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $30

Members of other local CAMFT chapters: $30

Licensed Non-Members and Guests:  $40

Pre-licensed:  $20

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Please contact Jennifer Farley at


Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

APA Continuing Education Credit

  • American Psychological Association: The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about these CE accreditations, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to JEnnifer Farley by email at

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