A pioneer in Electronic Addiction in youth, Dr. Jay H. Berk, is a licensed psychologist in two U.S. states and an expert in working with children, adolescents, and families. He also conducts social-skills groups for children and adolescents. In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Berk is a guest lecturer providing training and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad to schools, agencies, and a variety of groups. In his private practice he conducts therapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.
Dr. Berk earned his Ph.D from Union Institute
A popular speaker and lecturer, he has presented at:
Dr. Berk is married and the proud father of a son and daughter. When he is outside of his office, he enjoys camping and outdoor activities.
The Center for Electronic Addiction was started in by Jay Berk, Ph.D., psychologist, speaker, clinician, and advocate. After many years of observing clients and working with children, adolescents and young adults, it became obvious that there was a new phenomenon called electronic addiction that was beginning. Although the DSM-5 failed to recognize this and also missed its mark examining a condition called electronic gaming addiction, Dr. Berk believes firmly in the thought that there should be a diagnosis of electronic addiction in the next revision of the DSM-6; i.e., the diagnostic and statistical manual that clinicians use for mental health support.
What is important is that if there is a diagnosis, there is collaborative care and recognition by clinicians. It also means that insurance companies may cover this form of treatment for those suffering from its issues. At the present time, most people with electronic addiction come to me with diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, autism, and related symptoms that connect with the electronic addiction.
Much like other more common forms of addiction, such as drug addiction, individuals see impact in their life too late. They lose significant friendships, relationships, jobs, have legal problems, etc., based on their electronic addictions.
The problem is, especially with children and adolescents, that they do not see it coming. They are growing up in a world where electronic addiction is so common that it is within the fabric of their life. The Center for Electronic Addiction has for its purpose:
We provide training, consultation, podcasts, reading materials, and are developing more and more resources around this arena. Jay Berk, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Electronic Addiction and has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and their families and has seen a wealth of cases of electronic addiction in this new and emerging field. We hope you will take time to check out our website and like us on Facebook. You can join our newsletter and information is growing on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis on this topic.