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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Monday • April 24 • 9:00 – 10:00 am

Ann S. Masten, PhD, LP

Dr. Ann Masten is Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in the Institute of Child Development. She also coordinates training for doctoral students in the specialty track of Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science in collaboration with the Department of Psychology clinical program. Dr. Masten studies resilience in human development, with a particular focus on children and families challenged by adversities related to poverty, disaster, and war. She is the author of Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development and recipient of the 2014 Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. She regularly offers a 6-week MOOC (free Mass Online Open Course on Coursera.org) on “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives.”

Dr. Masten’s keynote address on “Promoting Resilience in Children’s Mental Health Practice” will highlight recent advances in resilience science that have important implications for practitioners. She will include lessons gleaned from her collaborative studies of child executive functioning and parenting as key targets for supporting resilience in children, as well as her reflections on global studies of resilience among young people facing poverty, natural disasters, trauma, and war. New horizons in the neurobiology of resilience also will be discussed.

Learn more about Dr. Masten here.

Tuesday • April 25 • 9:00-10:00am

Erin Walsh, MA

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to her work with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin is a speaker with the Bolster Collaborative and teaches undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs where she teaches a program called Making Media, Making Change. Erin currently serves as the board chair of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, a wilderness-based youth development program. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout the country on issues related to digital media and youth. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner and two young sons.

It’s Complicated: Children, Social Media, and Mental Health

The Internet, social networking, cell phones, and video games are game changers for youth and families. Young people today spend an average of 53 hours a week with entertainment media, more than any other activity but sleeping. Digital technologies simultaneously unleash incredible opportunities and pose a new set of challenges for children and youth.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology is changing the ways that children grow up, socialize, and forge their identities. Erin will help professionals understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and provide practical tools and strategies that help children and youth build on their strengths.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand how “screen time” has changed over the last decade and explore new media trends.
  • Participants will be able to explain digital practices that strengthen social connection and wellness.
  • Participants will be able to understand emerging research about the impact of technology on mental health, social emotional development, and focus and attention.
  • Participants will be able to describe the three major ingredients youth need to thrive in the digital age.
  • Participants will understand concrete strategies and tools for nurturing these ingredients.

Learn more about Erin here.

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