Catherine Knibbs – Human Behaviour in a Digital World
Catherine Knibbs is a tech geek, gamer (of sorts), tech/gaming therapist, cybertrauma and trauma psychotherapist using biofeedback/tech and gaming to elicit Post Traumatic Growth, healing and flow
She is a functional health and nutrigenomics practitioner and incorporates this into her psychotherapy practice too. Her model is Interpersonal Neurobiology with an emphasis on Polyvagal theory (not a vagal nerve ‘hacker’).
Previously she has worked for Family Action Bradford for two and half years supporting child victims of sexual abuse as well as ESCAYP and Well Women Wakefield and was relationships and sexual education tutor for Spectrum Healthcare.
She has written a number of peer-reviewed journals including –
- Counsellors experiences of working with children who have been cyberbullied: Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews (2017) Journal of Techno Ethics special edition
- Cybertrauma: The impact of the online world on the developing brain and interpersonal struggles of children, young people and adults too. (2017) International Journal of Psychology and Behaviour Analysis
Her book Cybertrauma The Darker Side of the Internet for Children & Young People was published in 2016 by Blurb Press and she currently hosts the CyberSynapse podcast.
Her new book was “Children, Technology and Healthy Development: How to help kids be safe and thrive online” was published in 2021. This highly accessible book aims to offer parents and professional’s insight into our journey with technology, offering a research and evidence-based approach to understanding the why of human behaviour in cyberspace, and particularly that of children using devices, consoles and social media platforms.
She also educates therapists via her company Privacy4; about Data protection/privacy/cybersecurity issues in relation to their practice. She is also a Director and mental health advisor for Gamersbeatcancer CIC.
Catherine is a leading expert and speaker in the field of cybertrauma and is working with companies and organisations alike to help them better understand human behaviour in the digital world and how we can better manage it and how we understand we people do what they do and the impact it is having on peoples mental health.
Her speaking topics include –
- Human behaviours online
- Cybertrauma/Online Harm and the impact of this on the human
- Pornography use in Children, young people, and adults
- Gaming- Good, bad or indifferent?
- Technology to hack your health and achieve higher performance
- Cyberbullying what is it?
- Safeguarding around digital tech
- Mental Health and Technology
- Social Media the impact and influence- are we really addicted?
- The human algorithm- why we make the errors online
- Online professional conduct
- Child Sexual Abuse Material Online
To see a clip of Catherine speaking please click here