Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PASAP Webinar: "Teens and Technology" with Sarah Billman
Webinar Description: Social Media, online gaming, video games and gambling have the same effect on the brain as drugs and alcohol. Teens, as digital natives, are the most frequent users of technology and therefore more vulnerable to the negative impacts. This workshop provides insight to this emerging process addiction.
Speaker Bio: Sarah Billman is a Prevention Specialist at the Council on Chemical Abuse, in Reading, Pennsylvania where she provides substance use disorder education to youth, parents and professionals. In addition to prevention education, Sarah coordinates tobacco compliance for the county and supervises the UDecide Program of Berks County (formerly the Underage Drinking Program). Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health – Addiction Studies from Alvernia University and is six months away from completing a graduate degree in Human Services from Purdue Global University. Certified as a Prevention Specialist through the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Sarah is also SAP trained and serves as a SAP liaison for COCA in several Berks County school districts. Sarah has always been fascinated with process addictions and her position at COCA has given her the opportunity to research, study, and present on the topics associated with the adolescent brain and its relationship with technology, specifically gaming and social media. Walking her dog, Angel, running, SCUBA diving, and the gym are Sarah’s favorite non-work related activities.
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