425: Helping Families Flourish in Our Digital Age
Jim West, M.A.
Total Life Counseling Center Main Office
1507 Hiawassee Road, Ste #101
Orlando FL 32835
Our increasing digital invasion is shaping you and your relationships and profoundly impacting our marriages and families. As our technology becomes more immersive, we stand at a critical juncture. Learning how to coach and counsel families in navigating technology use in our digital age is crucial. Research shows many teenagers feel more comfortable going out of their way on social media to obtain advice from strangers instead of having a conversation with their families right at home. In this workshop, we will assess the impact that our digital technology is having on the bond of families and the unique challenges facing parents today. Parents need to be encouraged and equipped to reclaim conversation in their homes to strengthen their attachment bonds. They will need the strength of their relationships to instill boundaries on family technology use. Be challenged with a Digital Wellness Plan you could use to educate and support families to flourish by becoming good stewards of their digital lives.
• Evaluate the latest statistics on how the overuse of our digital technology is rewiring our brains for distraction and, in turn, addiction
• Identify the many digital challenges families face today, including Internet pornography, video game addiction, social media anxiety, technology overload, and a loss of real-life skills
• Demonstrate techniques for a licensed mental health professional to help families develop a Digital Wellness Plan to become good stewards of their digital lives, strengthen their family bonds, and flourish in real life and relationships