course »Disconnected in the Digital Age: Challenges and Practices of Equity and Mental Health for Providers Working with Youth

Date: 8/26/2019, 9:00 am—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 6
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
Our society is presently engaged in the largest experiment on young people’s attention (without an ethical review board) in the history of humanity. Young people’s moment-to-moment experience of reality is increasingly mediated by their devices, which have in many ways become inextricably linked to their sense of self. The problem is worse for youth of color, who experience the impact of unconscious bias in programming and tech development. In this training, we’ll examine the role of all this technology in the lives of young people, especially of young people of color, and those who care for them. How is tech changing our relationships to ourselves, one another, and the world around us? How is it benefiting young people and how is it harmful to them? What do we know about the developmental impacts of all this technology, and how does it affect our systems of connection? In this training we will address these questions and learn experiential Restorative Practices to counteract the detrimental impacts of tech on youth.