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MACMH Special Training Event

MACMH Special Training Event

Is There An App for That?
Working With Adolescents in the Digital Age

Featuring National Speaker & MACMH 2017
Keynote Presenter Erin Walsh

Now at a New Location!

October 3, 2017 | Neighborhood House, Saint Paul, MN | 5 CEHs

Workshop Description
Young people today spend an average of 53 hours a week watching TV, browsing their phones, playing video games and using the computer. Youth flock to Instagram, YouTube, and spend more time texting than talking on the phone. Yet while media headlines suggest that digital technologies are either good or bad for youth – evidence suggests that they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them. In this interactive and engaging presentation, Erin Walsh will discuss the powerful role of digital technologies in shaping adolescent development. Combining the latest discoveries in brain science with up-to-date research and data, Walsh will pay particular attention to the impact of media on depression, anxiety, relationships and identity. She 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 become familiar with young people’s current media habits and behaviors.
  • Participants will understand how responsible, ethical and creative use of technology can contribute to learning, social connection, and 21st century skills development.
  • Participants will be able to explain the impact of television and video games on adolescent behavior and health.
  • Participants will understand what the evidence says about emerging challenges related to social media use, including anxiety and depression, bullying and online cruelty, distractibility, and over-use.
  • Participants will be able to identify red flags in adolescent behavior related to technology and explore effective, strengths-based responses.
  • Participants will be able to explain the major protective factors for adolescents in the digital age.
  • Participants will gain practical strategies and tools to help adolescents practice and maintain positive media habits.

About the Presenter

Back by popular demand after her 2017 MACMH keynote presentation, Erin Walsh, MA, 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 with her partner and two young sons.
What people from MACMH’s 2017 conference are saying about Erin:

[ezcol_1third]”Loved it and felt engaged throughout the session. Very informative to a wide range of people. As a young family, this honestly gave me a great perspective on how I might engage in social media challenges with my own children.”[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]”Erin was fabulous! She had great research balanced with practical implementation strategies. [The field of] children’s mental health needs more pioneers like her!”[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]”This was a GREAT presentation – I loved hearing the positive and “hope” highlighted instead of getting bogged down in the statistics and negative. Very well done! Would love to hear more from this presenter!”[/ezcol_1third_end]


Additional Information

Training Level: Intermediate
Ages Addressed: Adolescents
CEH Clock Hours: 5
Boards with Approval: MN Board of Social Work, MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy, MN Board of Behavioral Health, MN Board of Psychology, Board of School Administrators
Boxed Lunch: $14*
(standard, vegetarian or gluten-free option)
*Limited number available.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(1-hour break for lunch)

Now at a New Location!
Neighborhood House
179 Robie St E
St Paul, MN 55107



Group discounts!
5-9 attendees: receive $10 OFF each registration
10+ attendees: receive $20 OFF each registration
Call 651-644-7333 to get the coupon code.


If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, interpreter, braille, or large print materials), such accommodations will be made available upon advance request. Please contact the MACMH office on or before September 12, and for TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.