Speaker #1 - RETURNING BY POPULAR DEMAND
"Managing the Media Monster in Your Home" with Katie Reynolds*
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Katie Reynolds hosted an interactive discussion with about creating a balanced approach to technology with your children. Discussion included how to set appropriate limits, have healthy conversations with your child about social media and technology use, and the relationship between social media use and mental health. Following the presentation, Mrs. Reynolds engaged in a question and answer session with those in attendance.
*Katie Reynolds serves as the assistant principal and director of guidance at Dayton Christian School. She is considered an expert in her field and has appeared on local television stations speaking on various topics including media wars between parents and teens, family screen time and preparing students for college. She is in the process of completing her Educational Doctorate program with Liberty University. As a mother of four, Katie's passion is to come alongside families by equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate challenges in today's culture.
Speaker #2 - Building Resilient Kids: Helping Your Child Manage Stress & Anxiety and Build Emotional Tolerance
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Laura Bedinghaus, licensed social worker and prevention coordinator, hosted a discussion about identifying signs of anxiety in ourselves and in our children. She shared and demonstrated strategies that we can teach our kids to reduce their overall stress level and help them cope with anxiety and stress. Ms. Bedinghaus also answered questions from the audience.
*Laura Bedinghaus is a licensed social worker who works for Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers as a School-Based Prevention Coordinator in the Mason City School District. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and worked as a victim's advocate for over 5 years at the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. She earned a master's degree in social work and obtained her social work license in 2015. In 2018, she earned an independent social work license from the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. She has previously worked as a school-based therapist in an elementary school before joining the prevention team at Solutions and Mason City Schools.