Zone'in Training

Addictions and Attachment

A Cracked Foundation: How Virtual Parenting is Destroying Our Children

Overview

While children are the future of our planet, through modern technology, we have unconsciously created a “virtual reality” for our children to call home, a reality devoid of connection and human interaction. Fragmented, frazzled and far too busy, today’s families are struggling to survive. While family members connect to technology’s virtual reality, they are disconnecting from self, others, nature and spirit at a rapid pace. This disconnection is resulting in child mental health and behavior disorders that are readily being diagnosed and medicated. 14.3% of Canadian children now have a diagnosed mental health disorder. Parent’s misperception that “outdoors” is unsafe has restricted children to “indoors”, markedly limiting social and motor skill development. As the dining room table is replaced by the big screen, and family conversation becomes non-existent, the foundations for child development are finally cracking.

Goal

A Cracked Foundation offers fragmented families a much needed Repair Kit, which will help virtual parents learn how to pick up the pieces, discover why their family disconnects, and learn new ways to re-connect.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify critical factors for healthy family development, and apply techniques to improve connection
  • Evaluate attachment and technology addiction status, and initiate attachment strategies
  • Explore family disconnection, and apply family reconnection strategies
  • Apply Unplug’in Program concepts, tools and techniques to find the Family Zone

Handouts

Critical Factors for Child Development
Attachment Questionnaire
Inner Drive Directive for Homes

Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. Foundation Series Workshops are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused

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