New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Met Chapter Committee on Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addiction Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


2.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Friday, February 01, 2019

Course Number: 235      Location: Manhattan

Richard N. Rosenthal, MD

Time: Registration:   5:45pm - 6:30pm
  Presentation:  6:30pm - 8:30pm



This workshop lecture will provide an overview of the burgeoning worldwide incidence of microprocessor-related mental disorders that has emerged since the wide-scale introduction of microprocessor-based transaction and communication products into our daily lives (e.g., computers, smartphones) and the necessity of social adaptation to new technology. After reviewing the history of pathological microprocessor use, we will explore the questions, “Is ‘internet/microprocessor addiction’ a bona fide disorder?” “Is the Internet just a platform for other behavioral addictions?” and, “Is Internet addiction a function of other disorders?” The scientific evidence for Internet Gaming Disorder as a discrete diagnostic category will be reviewed as an exemplar demonstrating the coherence of the microprocessor use disorder concept. Then, science-based approaches to treatment, still in their early stages, will be described, as well as commonsense approaches derived from the addiction field.  

Teaching Methods:  Workshop lecture with time for audience participation                                                                                                          

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

 As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and social context for the origins and current prevalence of microprocessor-based disorders.
  2. Distinguish high engagement use of microprocessors from pathological use.
  3. Contrast the structural similarities and differences between substance use disorders and proposed microprocessor use disorders.
  4. List the six core components of a monothetic approach to diagnosing an addiction.
  5. Explain to a colleague that “microprocessor use disorders” is a descriptive category that supports several different diagnoses with significant human impact in terms of impairment and mortality.

Dr. Rosenthal is Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Stony Brook University. A leading authority in addiction science, treatment, and policy, he directed Addiction Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and founded the Addiction Psychiatry program at Beth Israel Medical Center, creating one of the first ACGME-approved Addiction Psychiatry Fellowships in the US. His research has focused on mentally ill patients with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD), novel SUD treatments, and in medical informatics, where he is pursuing technology-based approaches to addiction treatment. He authored “Microprocessor-based Disorders.” In Eds. Miller SC, Fiellin D, Rosenthal RN, and Saitz R. The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, 6th Edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, In Press. Dr. Rosenthal served as president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry.

The space can accommodate approximately 150 attendees.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan A. Klett, Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, Director of Professional Development at


Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.0 continuing education clock hours.


Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

LCSW          LMSW         LP


     In Advance
                Members               $55
                Non-members      $70
                Students with ID: $10
     On Site:
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                     On Site charge takes
                               effect on
                  Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019



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having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

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