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Navigating Today's Technology, September 22, 10:30am-12:00pm

Today technology permeates everything. The days of the family friendly TV and Super Mario Brothers have passed, as toddlers with tablets are commonplace. This workshop will explore up to date research regarding the positives and negatives of technology use throughout development. This exploration will review multiple modalities of technology including: social media, television, YouTube, video games, and pornography. Education will be provided regarding appropriate structure and boundaries, to assure technology is being used to support optimal youth development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current research about the impacts of technology
  • Understand developmentally appropriate levels of technology use
  • Learn ways to set boundaries and structure with youth around technology use

Approved by DCS for Foster Parent hours.

Presenter Bio:

Megan Gaylord, LPC-MHSP has worked with children and youth who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems for 18 years. She is very active with The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and speaks to groups about suicide prevention. Megan has a Bachelor's Degree from Rhodes College in International Studies and a Master's Degree in Community Agency Counseling from The University of Memphis. Megan currently works for the Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Services program, supervising a team of mental health crisis response staff evaluating emotional and behavioral crises in Rural West Tennessee. She is also the licensed clinical consulting on the Youth Villages Juvenile Detention Center Project for children in DCS custody with a JJ adjudication.  Megan has experience in crisis intervention for suicidal youth in a variety of clinical settings.  Megan has specialized training in Collaborative Problem Solving, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach.  She guest lectures at The University of Memphis on Crisis and Duty to Warn Ethics and is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Tennessee Martin.  Megan’s research interests are the cross section between maternal mental health and suicide risk, the Estranged Violent Juvenile Offender/Community Violence, Crisis Ethics, and building relationships with children to foster positive online activity and growth. Megan is a trained facilitator for Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Intervention and The Tennessee Health Brains Initiative/Adverse Childhood Experiences.  She is a 2020 recipient of a regional suicide prevention award from the Governor of Tennessee and TSPN.

Jeff Helm is the Chief Information Officer of Youth Opportunity Center, a juvenile behavioral health agency in Muncie, Indiana.  Helm has experience in technology and leadership within the not-for profit, for profit, and government sectors.  He has extensive experience in data management, analytics, and network operations.  He is a Past President of the Association of Information Technology Professionals’ ECI Chapter, a member of the Ivy Tech Industry Advisory Board for Computer Information Technology, and is Past Chair of the Hillcroft Services Board of Directors.  Committed to education, he served the students of Ivy Tech Community College as an adjunct instructor, full-time instructor, and program chair over 20 years.  He also conducted technical courses at the Indiana Women’s Prison.  He has presented at numerous industry conferences at the state and national level.  He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State University. 



Megan Gaylord and Jeff Helm