Parents Seminar: Mindful Screen Time for Healthy Families
with VCU counselor, Nina Schroder
Sunday, September 29, 2019
6:00-7:30 p.m., Assembly Room
Think through the value and challenges of navigating technology as parents and for helping our children.
With the increasing prevalence and usage of smart devices in our culture, the introduction of these technologies in our children’s lives can feel inevitable and overwhelming. Through discussion of emerging research as well as her experience on the front lines counseling college students at VCU, Nina Schroder, MSW, LCSW, will provide parents with helpful insight into the potential cognitive, social, and mental health effects of high screen use, and share practical strategies for parents to confidently promote a healthy and mindful approach to screen use and well-being for the entire family.
This seminar is open to parents and grandparents of children of all ages. Childcare is available by reservation for children elementary-age and younger. Youth Bible Study and Games for 6th-12th graders are meeting at the same time and all are welcome.
The seminar will take place in our Assembly Room. Free parking is available in the lot behind the church off of Ridge Road. Please use the large entrance from the parking lot to find the Assembly Room.
As a college mental health professional and mom of two young boys, Nina had many questions about the potential impact of digital screen use on cognition, behavior, relationships, and overall well-being. In her quest to find answers and empower wise decision-making, Nina began intense study on the cognitive, social and emotional effects of high screen use, addiction, and key factors necessary for emotional resilience and well-being.
She has used her research and clinical knowledge to work with college students and others to examine screen use and its impact on relationships, values, personal success and overall well-being. With the goal of inspiring motivation for positive change and personal growth, Nina has helped others to clarify their values, embrace mindful screen use and actively pursue well-being. As a result of this work, Nina has witnessed many individuals and families experience tangible success.
Nina received her B.A. in English from Villanova University, where she also was a member of the Division I Women’s Field Hockey Team. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition to her current role counseling undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Nina’s professional clinical experience includes work at the University of Chicago Hospitals and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her efforts to advance evidence-based clinical practice have been acknowledged by awards from both the Society of Transplant Social Workers and the Division of Student Affairs at VCU. Nina also has been a recent member of the NCAA’s Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practices.
Nina lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and two sons. She speaks locally and nationally about digital screen use, emotional resilience, well-being and living intentionally to a variety of audiences including university students, staff and faculty, professional organizations, upper and lower school communities, parent organizations, faith communities, and sports teams.