Nationally Certified Internet Addictions Coach (NCIAC)


Internet Addictions Coach

Lost Online: When the Internet takes over your life it can be a serious problem, and even an addiction. Limited information is available to treat this type of addiction and more and more people spend more time online than in real life. Have you tried to pry a cell phone from a 15-year-old’s hands? How will they ever post that selfie on Facebook or check in at Starbucks?  Even 8-year-olds are addicted to gaming online and spend more time inside in front of a computer, phone, IPad or TV, than outside playing.

Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve the use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to online friends and activities they create on their computer screens. We saw this with the advent of Yahoo Messenger and now Facebook (originally MySpace) where an entire false reality can be created (including photos, job, etc) that is not real. Gamers that are enmeshed in the online video games also have this phenomena. We saw the game Grand Theft Auto played in real life in San Diego when gamers started throwing bricks off overpasses and shooting at moving cars.
Types of Internet addiction: social media (FB IG Snapchat, Twitter etc), porn, shopping (amazon prime), gaming,  streaming movies/tv, chatrooms, dark web etc.
Our Internet Addictions Coaching class will cover all facets of Internet Addiction and how the coaching process is imperative in behavior modification. Some topics we will cover in class:
  1. Compulsion versus Need
  2. Internet Addiction and Porn
  3. Internet Addiction and Social Media: How self-esteem is tied to the amount of ‘likes’ or ‘tweets’.
  4. Social media and cyberbullying (Keyboard Commando)
  5. Social Media and Depression, Suicide (how this is preventable)
  6. Social media and identification of Authentic Self (how people create fake personas) AKA: catfish, or fake profiles or even posting on YELP under false personas.
  7. Social Media and how we have public versus Private Personas
  8. Internet addiction and shopping addiction (Amazon Prime and immediate need and self-gratification
  9. Internet addiction and gaming, (casino, candy crush, etc).
  10. How coaching plays into Internet addiction and process addictions. Utilizing active versus passive listening and more to understand how to coach an individual through Internet Addiction issues.
  11. Coaching: Active verses passive listening
  12. Behavior Management and Moderation
  13. Motivational Interviewing Techniques
  14. and more…

Course includes 2 day webinar, 10 weeks of clinical supervision, all exams, manuals, copy of our “Best Selling Workbook”, ethics self study course and relapse prevention self study course. Total hours is 36 hours.