Have you ever wondered why kids do the things they do on Social Media? Phrases like cyberbullying, sexting and ‘hiding behind a screen’ didn’t exist when we were young but as parents in a technology-based world, it’s important we understand it, and what may be happening mentally and emotionally with our kids in this new “normal.” Deanna Marincic MSW LCSW, from Gals Institute LLC will join us to offer tips and tools on parenting teens in today’s digital world. The key to keeping your kids resilient along with maintaining a positive sense of self with healthy communication and use of electronic devices is prevention. With the latest technology ins and outs that teens are using, Deanna will share with you options on how to maintain your families morals and values with a structured plan around devices and relationships with peers.
Deanna is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field treating individuals, families and adolescents for over 15 years in all levels of care. She has worked extensively with teenage and adult clients with addictions, Anxiety Disorders, mood disorders, family and couples therapy, co-parenting and behavioral management skill building. She has also worked with individuals experiencing grief, loss and terminal illness. She is a member of NASW and is trained in EMDR therapy, a specialized treatment modality used to treat trauma. Deanna owns Gals Institute, LLC a clinic that develops prevention workshops, programs and support groups for adolescents and adults. Gals Institute treats individuals, Families and adolescents that are working on Anxiety issues, addictions, mood disorders, family changes such as divorce, blending families or loss of a loved one. The Gals workshops focus was developed by Deanna as a personal passion project to help girls 9-17 develop confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills through using multi-dimensional interactive modalities within workshops and one day events. Deanna is an active parent in the Oconomowoc community as the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) president as well as Nature Hill Intermediate PTO board member. She has recently been the key note speaker for OASD Stairway to Heroin series and speaks in community forums on issues such as adolescent development, parenting and treatment of addictions.