Thursday, July 4, 2013
The good, the bad, and the ugly of cyber pornography”
A seminar for mental health professionals
“The good, the bad, and the ugly of cyber pornography”
The combination of a teen’s emerging curiosity about sex, their increasing sex drive, together with the accessibility and aggressive marketing of pornography on the internet, has allowed pornography to become a regular part of adolescent life. Unfortunately, there are teens -- with and without developmental challenges -- that cannot manage moderate use when exposed to sexual content on the internet and quickly develop compulsive behavior that can result in addiction.
Material with explicit sexual content abounds in cyberspace at a grand total of 400 million pages! Some pornography is found on professional sites, but much of it is found through file sharing sites and amateur sites. Parents are generally unaware chat rooms and popular websites that allow instant messaging can easily lead to images from WebCams (video cameras attached to home computers) that are sexual in content.
Research has shown that powerful neurotransmitters in the brain are released when cyber porn images are viewed by teens and serve to “lock” these images in to the brain’s capacity for recall. Neurotransmitters also create euphoric states, which motivates the teen to search for images that will create more intense and sustained sexual stimulation. For many teens, the accessibility and anonymity of cyberspace make it very difficult to resist pornographic sites, which can lead to compulsive and destructive behavior.
If you believe your teen may be developing a problematic relationship with cyber pornography or you want to learn how to prevent a problem from developing, this seminar will provide you with the most current research and on prevention and treatment.
This seminar will cover the following:
When: This parent seminar is 3.0 hours and can be scheduled evenings and weekends
Where: Cyber Addiction Recovery Center
11140 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Contact: Christopher Mulligan
About Christopher Mulligan
Christopher Mulligan LCSW is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California in the Graduate School of Social Work. Christopher Mulligan is founder and clinical director of the Cyber Addiction Recovery Center in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Mulligan provides parent education, school consultation, and a full range of clinical services to address internet, videogame, and cyber pornography addiction. Mr. Mulligan is also the founder and clinical director of GroupWorks West, which serves the social and mental health needs of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.