TechnoWellness: Exploring the Relationship Between Technology Use and Wellness
Dr. Stephen D. Kennedy, Interim Executive Director, Chi Sigma Iota
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
As professional counselors help clients to achieve optimal wellness, it is important to consider the role of the clients’ technology use. Existing wellness models have identified many of the factors that influence wellness, but most models do not consider an individual’s interactions with technologies such as computers, smartphones, and social networking websites. The presenter will first describe interdisciplinary research suggesting that an individual’s use of technology can have beneficial effects in some cases and adverse effects in others. TechnoWellness will be defined as "a mode of interacting with technology that maximizes its potential to enhance health and well-being and contribute to an optimal life,” and the results of a research study to examine the relationship between TechnoWellness and holistic wellness will be shared. Participants will learn how to (1) assess how a client’s technology use is influencing her or his wellness in positive or negative ways and (2) work with clients to create wellness plans for increasing their beneficial interactions with technology and avoiding maladaptive technology use.
Dr. Stephen D. Kennedy is Chi Sigma Iota's Interim Executive Director. After earning a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Stephen worked as a counselor at Northeast Guilford High School. He received CSI International’s Outstanding Practitioner Award in 2010 and the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development's Distinguished Practitioner Award in 2011. Stephen earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University, where he was President of CSI’s Nu Sigma Chi Chapter. He chaired CSI's Professional Member Committee and served as Government Relations Chair and Technology Chair for the North Carolina School Counselor Association. Stephen has led presentations on the relationship between technology use and wellness, using technology as a school counselor, career development, and professional advocacy at national and state counseling conferences. His publications include articles in the Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy and Professional School Counseling.
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