Continuing Education

Thrive in Life Counseling and Therapy LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association as a sponsor and provider of continuing education for Psychologists. For other mental health professions, please contact your State Board for more information.

If you are a mental health professional and interested in receiving more information on one of the seminars listed below, please don’t hesitate to send an email to 


Thrife in Life Counseling and Therapy LLC offers the following seminars in winter/spring 2017-2018: 



The presenter, Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum, is a Licensed Psychologist (Tennessee license #3278) and researcher. In his studies, he focuses on an excessive use of the Internet (Internet Gaming Disorder). He offers the following seminars to provide knowledge about a disorder recently introduced in the DSM 5 as a “condition in need of further research”, Internet Gaming Disorder.

The following seminars focus on an excessive use of the internet (“internet addiction”, excessive use of online-pornography and/or online-games) and what mental health professionals need to know about it. Both Seminars A and B are intended to be attended together to provide an in-depth look into Internet Gaming Disorder for mental health professionals who want to know more about it and how to address it in their practice.


SEMINAR A: Problematic Internet Use and Internet Gaming Disorder: History, Criteria, and Comorbidities

Lecture/seminar: 3.00 CE (continuing education units)

The lecture covers the history of the internet, and how classification criteria for addiction were applied to a problematic use of the internet (“internet addiction”) to explain an excessive use of online-pornography and online-games. Participants get to know the outcomes of an excessive use of the internet and are able to list comorbidities (such as depression and social anxiety disorder). The presenter also focuses on the history of online games and certain psychological characteristics of online games to explain why some individuals are not able to control their use. The lecture also covers a history of proposed etiological models (for internet gaming as well as online-pornography), and explains the proposed classification criteria for Internet Gaming Disorder, as introduced in the DSM 5.

SEMINAR B: Internet addiction and internet gaming disorder: evidence-based assessment and treatment models

Workshop: 3.00 CE (continuing education units)

Based on the proposed DSM 5 research criteria for Internet Gaming Disorder, the workshop focuses on the history of evidence-based assessments and surveys that measure an excessive use of the internet (“internet addiction”) and Internet Gaming Disorder. Participants know the proposed criteria for IGD (including tolerance, preoccupation, or continued excessive use despite psychosocial problems) and why individuals play online games; they get to know how to assess major motivational factors that may influence treatment plans. The presenter also focuses on differences between an excessive/maladaptive use and a healthy/engaged use of online games, and how comorbidities should be included in treatment plans. The workshop also focuses on proposed evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment models for Internet Gaming Disorder, and how to include an excessive use of the internet in treatment plans.


C O M I N G  S O O N

Online-counseling: challenges and ethical considerations