Newport healthcare leaders are presenting today at NAMICon, the annual conference of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Thought leaders Barbara NosaalPhD, LMFT, LADC, and Don GrantPhD, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, to address the impact of technology on mental health and attachment in relationships

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Newport Healthcare, a recognized national leader in behavioral healthcare, is pleased to announce Barbara NosaalPhD, LMFT, LADC, and Don GrantPhD, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, will present today at the national NAMICon conference in Denver, Colo. Their presentation, titled How the digital world potentially reinforces insecure attachment in relationshipswill delve into the complicated relationship between technology use and attachment styles, with a particular focus on the impact of caregiver involvement.

Dr. Nosal and Dr. Grant are at the forefront of research in this crucial area. Dr. Nosal is a recognized expert in attachment-focused family therapy (ABFT), family systems, and is the founding Chief Clinical Officer of Newport Healthcare, while Dr. Grant is an award-winning media psychologist, author and lecturer in the field of technology and communications. mental health, and serves as Newport’s national advisor for healthy device management. Their NAMICon session explores the potential adverse impact of caregiver involvement on attachment styles.

In their presentation, Dr. Nosal and Dr. Grant:

  • Discuss the dynamics of attachment and how it may be influenced by caregivers’ involvement with digital devices.
  • Share research hypotheses and early trend predictions from collected data, focusing on the correlation between caregiver use of devices and insecure attachment in children.
  • Offer practical recommendations and strategies for caregivers to reduce the potential negative impact of their device use on bonding and attachment with their children.

“Our goal is to shed light on the subtle but important ways technology can impact relationships, especially the vital bond between caregivers and children,” said Dr. Nosal. “By understanding these dynamics, we can better equip parents and caregivers with the tools they need to promote secure attachment and healthy relationships.”

Dr. Grant, who also discusses the problematic use of social media in childhood and adolescence in this recent white paper, added: “In today’s digital age, it is essential to be aware of how our interactions with technology are affecting our most important influence relationships. provide actionable insights and solutions to help families overcome these challenges.”

NAMICon, organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is one of the premier conferences for mental health professionals, advocates and researchers. It provides a platform for sharing cutting-edge research, innovative practices and inspiring stories that advance the understanding and treatment of mental illness.

Newport Healthcare is committed to transforming the lives of youth and families struggling with mental health issues through evidence-based treatment, education and community support. The participation of Dr. Nosal and Dr. Grant to NAMICon underscores Newport Healthcare’s commitment to thought leadership and groundbreaking research in the mental health field.

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About Nieuwpoort Healthcare

Newport Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of evidence-based behavioral health care for youth, young adults and families. The full continuum of care consists of Newport Academy, Newport Institute, Center for Families and PrairieCare and includes residential services, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as psychiatric inpatient services. Newport’s family-centered, integrated approach promotes sustainable healing from a foundation of compassionate care, clinical expertise and unconditional love, with a primary mission of strengthening lives and restoring families.

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