University of San Francisco Convenes Bay Area Clinicians, Educators, & Leaders at Inaugural Parenting Symposium: Supporting Families in the Digital Age

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In an age of information overflow and increasing technological dependency, it's becoming more challenging for parents to remain engaged and find an appropriate balance for the role technology plays in their parenting and children’s lives. To examine these issues and help parents identify effective strategies for raising children in today’s digital age, USF's Center for Child and Family Development and the USF School of Education will hold a parenting symposium: Supporting Families in the Digital Age on Sat., Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon where industry leaders and practitioners will share critical parenting strategies and engagement tools with parents in the Bay Area.

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Dr. Brian Gerrard, Ph.D. is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco.

“In the Bay Area, we’re at the hub of technological innovation, where this convergence of technology and parenting is even more present,” said Brian Gerrard, associate professor of counseling psychology at USF.

In an age of information overflow and increasing technological dependency, every day is becoming more challenging for parents to remain engaged and find an appropriate balance for the role technology plays in their parenting and children’s lives. To examine these issues and help parents identify effective strategies for raising children in today’s digital age, the University of San Francisco (USF) Center for Child and Family Development and the USF School of Education announced today that it will hold the inaugural Parenting Symposium: Supporting Families in the Digital Age on Sat., Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The symposium will be held in USF’s Lone Mountain Handlery Room 100 (2800 Turk Blvd. at Parker) in San Francisco.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain insights from leading Bay Area educators, licensed therapists, and practitioners, through a panel discussion, followed by one of four interactive workshops:

  • Messy Parenting: Emotions & Devices in the Digital Age
  • Parenting for the 21st Century: Building Close Family Connections and Happy, Confident, Caring Kids
  • Tools for Communication in the Digital Age
  • What Can We Do About Screen Time?

“In the Bay Area, we’re at the hub of technological innovation, where this convergence of technology and parenting is even more present,” said Brian Gerrard, associate professor of counseling psychology at USF and executive director of the Center for Child and Family Development. “With this symposium, our goal is to facilitate a meaningful dialogue about this important issue by bringing together experts with a range of experience and perspectives from across the region.”

The symposium’s panel will feature leading partners from across USF’s network, including Judy Giampaoli, director of the School-Based Family Counseling Program for the USF Center for Child and Family Development; Judy French, California senior educator for Girls Leadership Institute, a national non-profit whose vision is “a society where girls and women engage authentically and assertively at every level of decision making” and Dr. Jon Herzenberg, co-founder of The Boys Project, a school based, social-emotional and experiential learning program for boys of various ages.

Additional panelists include:

  • Rajan Bahl, MD, UCSF: Child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in San Francisco; trained at UCSF and Harvard Medical School. He teaches child and adolescent psychiatry fellows and medical students at UCSF and specializes in adolescent therapy, parenting consultation, and medication evaluation and management for children and adolescents.
  • Sandra Bryson, LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with more than 30 years of experience; currently practicing at Market Hall in Oakland. She works with individuals, couples and families to successfully navigate difficult life transitions.
  • Ellen Dodge, SLP, Kimochis: Recognized leader in Character Education and communication skills in the classroom—published numerous books and articles, presented over 500 workshops in the area of social communication and is Kimochis Educational Director and curriculum author for the Kimochis® Feel Guide: Teacher’s Edition and the Kimochis Early Childhood Curriculum.
  • Daniel Emina, MD, Amen Clinic: Child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He is experienced in anxiety, mood disorders, addiction, ADD/ADHD, impulsive/disruptive behavior disorders, autism spectrum, psychotic disorders, OCD, and PTSD.
  • Maryellen Mullin, LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. She is a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and has specialized training in couples relationships, family systems, child trauma and attention/behavioral issues with children.
  • Eleanor Scott, MFA: Workshop presenter, actor, teacher and parent with a Masters of Fine Arts and focus on visual and performing arts.

Those interested in attending the symposium should purchase the $20 registration ticket online by Nov. 13. http://www.usfca.edu/soe/ctrs_institutes/center_child_family_development/parenting-symposium/

The USF Center for Child and Family Development (CCFD) was founded in 1983 by USF Associate Professor Brian Gerrard, Ph.D., Executive Director, and Emily Girault, Ph.D., building on USF’s core mission of education and justice for all peoples, especially the poor, marginalized, and culturally diverse. Today, USF CCFD’s first school-based family counseling program, the Mission Possible Program, is in 36 private and public schools in San Francisco, including 11 Catholic schools, and is the largest School-Based Family Counseling Program in the United States. For more information, please visit: http://www.usfca.edu/soe/ctrs_institutes/ccfd/about/.

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