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Dauphin, B. (2013). Therapists' Resistance to Understanding the Importance of Technology for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 12(1):45-50.

(2013). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 12(1):45-50

Therapists' Resistance to Understanding the Importance of Technology for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Barry Dauphin

Professional and nonprofessional communities have raised numerous concerns about the potential deleterious effects modern technology can have upon children and adolescents. Although such concern is understandable, it is important for mental health professionals to be aware of their own resistances and fears about such technology. Modern technology, as do all technologies, holds the potential to disrupt established power relationships between the young and the not so young. This can be humbling at best. This article cautions those who work with children to be mindful that we risk overpathologizing children's investment in technology out of our fears of losing power and of our envy of the ever-expanding technological advantages the young enjoy and will continue to enjoy after we are gone. The better informed we become about the semantics and syntax of this new world, the better we can understand and communicate with the children we are entrusted to help.

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