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Mental Health Networking and CEU Workshop with Lisa Ferentz–REGISTRATION CLOSED

Join other mental health providers for networking and a full- or half-day CEU workshop with Lisa Ferentz. Lisa will spend the morning with us providing a program on ethics (The Slippery Slope of Clinical Practice: Processing Ethical Scenarios) for 3 Ethics CEUs and in the afternoon working with patients in trauma (Creative Strategies to Enhance Affect Regulation in Traumatized Clients) for an additional 3 CEUs. Click here for more information and registration.

Social Media Wellness: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress and Social Media, featuring Ana Homayoun

Thursday, April 29, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Center Alden Theater

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Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life.

As part of a yearlong focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition is pleased to present an evening with nationally-recognized speaker Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. The book decodes the language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students:

  • Manage distractions 
  • Focus and prioritize 
  • Improve time-management
  • Become more organized and boost productivity
  • Decrease stress and build empathy

Even if your kids don’t have a phone yet, they will focus on social media all too soon. And especially if your kids are deeply involved with social media and if their phones seem to be extensions of their hands, you need to attend this event to find out how to engage in meaningful conversations with your children about social media. 

A limited number of Ana’s books, including her That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life and The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life will be for sale. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets are available at https://socialmediawellness.brownpapertickets.com/. Please check back here for more information about area small group book talks.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit:  www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.

Like: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives

More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways ― but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens?

As part of a yearlong focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition, in conjunction with the PTSAs of Langley High School and McLean High School, hosted two screenings of the compelling new IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE” at Langley and McLean High Schools. Nearly 400 students and parents attended! Check out these tips we learned! Langley High also showed the film to freshman and sophomores and McLean showed it to freshmen. Ask them about it!

“LIKE” reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. The film features interviews with experts including Max Stossel, Head of Education & Content at Center for Humane Technology; Leah Pearlman,Co-Creator of the Facebook “Like” button; Dr. Jerry BubrickSenior Psychologist at Child Mind Institute; Professor Jevin West, DataLab, iSchool, University of Washington; John Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks; and Professor Katie Davis, author of The App Generation.

After the film, Dr. Clifford Sussman, a DC-based psychiatrist and expert on helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology, led a Q&A.

If your child is active on any kind of social media, you need these resources. Find out more about the film at www.thelikemovie.com, including options for additional screenings.

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