Treating adolescents with internet-related addictions

Event Type: Skills Lab

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Prof. Catherine So-kum Tang (Professor of Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, National University of Singapore)

Date: 7 December 2018 (Friday)

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: RLB 303, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: English



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission.
3) Registration is not compulsory but recommended for seat-reservation and news update.


Internet-related addiction refers to excessive or uncontrollable preoccupations, urges, or behaviors regarding computer use or Internet access for various activities that lead to distress or impairment of daily functioning. Internet-related addiction can adversely affect physical/mental health, academic/work performance as well as interpersonal and family relationships. Examples of Internet-related addiction include Internet addiction, online gaming addiction, and online social networking addiction. Existing literature shows that high school and college students are the most vulnerable to Internet-related addiction as they have free and unlimited access to the Internet and are expected to make use of this technology for research and learning purposes. In response to the increasing risk and negative consequences of Internet-related addiction, various intervention programs have also been implemented to treat addicted individuals. This workshop will first review research that evaluates the effectiveness of treatment programs for Internet-related addiction. Key components of these programs will be identified. An evidence-based multi-level treatment program that aims to reduce addiction symptoms and to improve the well-being of adolescents will be introduced. This treatment program will be structured into six modules, namely psychoeducational, treatment as usual, intrapersonal, interpersonal, family intervention, development of a new lifestyle, and relapse prevention.


About the Presenter

Professor Tang is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also the Deputy Director of the Center for Family and Population Research and Co-chair of the Institutional Review Board at NUS.

Professor Tang obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas, USA and LLB at the University of London, UK. She has been a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology, Postgraduate Degree Programs in Trauma Psychology, Gender Research Program, and Gender Studies Program in the Chinese University of Hong Kong until 2007. 

Professor Tang was the past Chairperson of the Singapore Register of Psychologists and the past Chairperson of Division of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. She was also a founding member of the Asian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Asian Association of Cognitive and Behavior Therapy.

Professor Tang was the Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Psychology, and has been a member of the Editorial Boards for academic journals such as International Perspective in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation; International Journal of Stress Management; Asia-Pacific Journal of Counselling, Sex Roles, and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

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