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Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Catherine Steiner Adair

Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Speaks on: Technology, Children and Family, Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Bullying, Psychology, Non- Fiction, Leadership, Media, Girls and Women ‘s Issues, Body Image, Social issues, Information Age, College Campus, Featured Community, Family and Business, Addictions

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and award winning author.

Author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development. In The Big Disconnect (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013) and in her work internationally as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Steiner-Adair identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, Dr. Steiner-Adair shares real-life stories from her clinical practice and her work with educators, experts, parents, and children, including extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond.

A leading expert specializing in child development, education, family relationships, and workplace/family integration, Dr. Steiner-Adair speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including social and emotional learning and nourishing healthy relationships in the digital age, and developing a thoughtful approach to technology in school and life, and girls issues. Her pioneering research and work in the field of girls’ risk and resilience is the basis for her popular school-based girls leadership program, in which Steiner-Adair shows how to deconstruct the unhealthy cultural messages that make girls vulnerable to self-image problems and eating disorders. Her audiences worldwide include educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations and non-profit organizations, children’s camps, and religious groups.

The focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly playing on devices, texting their friends while going online to do homework, and parents working online or using social media around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Dr. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Easy access to the internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children and Dr. Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Steiner-Adair's warmth, humor, and compassionate understanding of children and the adults who care about them makes for an extremely compelling presentation. Her ability to weave research and real-life stories leaves her audiences enlightened and emotionally equipped with new strategies to handle parenting in the digital age. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives and purposeful learning and play in real life. She gives her audiences the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.

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