Tuesday, April 1, 2014: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
Understand the ways in which technology and media are putting children at risk at each stage of development, from infancy through young adulthood, and challenging what it means to be a family. Drawing on real life stories from her clinical work with children and families and her consulting work with educators and experts across the Country, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution that is unfolding in their living room. The audience will learn the skills to distinguish between educational, healthy and unhealthy use, as well as practical strategies for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy and meaningful relationships. Registration recommended.
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. In her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media are putting our children at risk at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, she shares real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life, and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological risks and fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Steiner-Adair's warmth, humor, and compassionate understanding of children and the adults who care about them makes for an extremely compelling presentation. Her ability to weave research and real stories leaves her audiences enlightened and emotionally equipped with new strategies to handle parenting in the digital age. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives. She gives her audiences the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.
Dr. Steiner-Adair works with school heads, boards, faculty, students, and parents, with consultations that can range from an evening talk, to a one-day visit, or, as with many schools, an ongoing relationship that spans years. She is often invited to present to health professionals, PTAs, synagogues and clergy groups, non-profit organizations, corporate retreats, and fundraising events. As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel, CNN, PBS, and NPR, and has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Steiner-Adair has worked in more than 350 independent schools throughout the United States and abroad, leading workshops for administrators, teachers, and parents on a wide range of topics related to strengthening children's social and emotional intelligence and resilience. These include challenging unhealthy cultural values, helping schools develop curricula and programs designed to increase children's confidence and competence as emerging leaders, and nourishing healthy relationships in the age of technology.
Dr. Steiner-Adair's long standing interest in cultural values that undermine children's healthy development began in her early years as a doctoral student at Harvard, and while she served as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover. Her award-winning research lead to the acclaimed middle school program "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership" -- a social and emotional curricula aimed at giving girls tools to resist the culture of body preoccupation and disordered eating -- the first successful middle school based primary prevention program of its kind.
Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where she works with children, adults, couples, and families. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, Fred, and enjoys family life in the digital age with a son and a daughter.