MASTARS - Hidden Addictions: Gaming and Social Media

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Manitoba Association of Secondary Teachers of At-Risk Students (M.A.S.T.A.R.S)

Conference Title:
Hidden Addictions: Gaming and Social Media

Location: Virtual - Zoom

Date: October 22, 2021

MASTARS presents “Hidden Addictions: Gaming & Social Media – How it Affects our Students?” Please join us virtually for a keynote morning presentation from Dr. Simon Trepel, from the University of Manitoba, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, co-founder of GDAAY Clinic, outlining the impacts of social media and gaming on youth. In the afternoon we will hear from 3 local organizations, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Canadian Centre For Child Protection. They will outline connections to hidden addictions in social media and gaming. They will also provide an overview of their organization and the supports they can provide to educators and our students, and how they can be accessed.

MASTARS Membership Fees with SAGE Conference Fees

MASTARS 2021-2022 Member Fee…...$50 ($25 conference fee + $25 membership fee)
MASTARS Conference Fee…………….....$25
MASTARS Membership Fee only..........$25

Please note:
*Payment must be made at the time of registration. Please have credit card ready.

*No student rates.

Cancellation Policy: No cancellations accepted after Friday, October 8th, 2021. Participants will receive a refund for conference fees paid minus the PayPal fee (determined by PayPal based on the conference fee paid).

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We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Sessions - 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Keynote: Dr. Simon Trepel

Presenter: Simon Trepel MD FRCPC

Dr. Simon Trepel will engage the audience with an invigorating morning presentation examining the impacts of kids and teens use of social media and gaming. In an era of increasing media use and online learning, this presentation is timely! After this presentation, the audience should be more familiar with the amount kids and teens use social media and video games and connect it to the concept of digital media dependence. Educators will be encouraged to recognize the positive impacts of social media and video games, as well as the negative impacts of digital media on students. Dr. Trepel will also explore another tool for the educational toolkit by discussing an approach to students' problematic digital media use. There will be built-in time for breaks and questions.

Dr. Trepel is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than a decade of experience assessing and treating kids and teens. Dr. Trepel graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 2001, and then completed his psychiatric residency in 2006. He teaches students, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, which include medical students, residents, psychiatrists, pediatricians and family doctors. Dr. Trepel’s clinical practice is located at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Center, as the consulting psychiatrist for the Intensive Community Reintegration Service, specializing in a wide range of mental health and family counselling. Dr. Trepel is the cofounder and consulting psychiatrist for the Gender Dypshoria Assessment and Action for Youth clinic. He is also a consulting psychiatrist for the Pediatric Adolescent Satellite Clinic, where he primarily works with children and adolescents in Child and Family Services care.

Dr. Trepel has been consulted by Vital Statistics as well as the provincial school division for his expertise in child and adolescent gender dysphoria. He has spoken to audiences on a range of topics, including gender dsyphoria, video game addiction, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and neuroplasticity. Dr. Trepel has a wonderful partner, 5 great kids ranging in ages from 6-16, and a 14-year old black lab. He is training to hopefully one day run competitively, in the master’s category.

Platform: Virtual

Participant Max: 275

Sessions - 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Hidden Addictions: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)

A 45 minute virtual presentation from Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) detailing their organization, programs and how to access their services. Further connection will be made to hidden addictions and resources available. Built in time for questions.

Presenter: Kate Evans, AFM Educator

As a Prevention and Education Consultant with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) for 15 years, Kate engages and empowers audiences to have important conversations about preventing harms when it comes to substance use and/or gambling. An expert in AFM’s Youth Gambling services, Kate continues to specialize in training and educating youth and those who work with or care for youth and is passionate about assisting youth as well as their parents, caregivers and helpers to better support themselves and one another.

Platform: Virtual

Participant Max: 275

Sessions - 1:45 PM-2:30 PM

Hidden Addictions: Canadian Mental Health Association

Sustaining our resilience as educators can be a challenge during times of change. Based on Dr. Ungar’s research around the world and his clinical practice, this presentation uses examples from his new book Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success to explore how those who help others can avoid burnout and maintain their own career and life resilience when stressors pile up at home and on the job. Twelve factors that make us more resilient as adults will be discussed, along with practical tools participants can use to find the resources they need to cope successfully in culturally and contextually relevant ways. Using the concepts of navigation and negotiation that are key to understanding resilience in complex, changing environments, audience members will have an opportunity to reflect on their own resilience in life, as well as times at work and at home where they had the resources they needed to succeed. Be prepared for a fast-paced, story-filled presentation that will help you build new personal and social resources.

Presenter: Steven Sutherland, MA, Program Director

An experienced Mental Health Clinician and educator with a history of working in the mental health care industry, post-secondary and the non-profit sector in both Canada and The United States of America. A dynamic speaker; engaging teacher, person- centred therapist and innovative leader - Stephen produces and drives positive change. Through story, Stephen is authentic and vulnerable, sharing his lived and living experience/expertise with mental illness and how he has used connection as a vehicle of personal and professional transformation.

Platform: Virtual

Participant Max: 275

Sessions - 2:30 PM-3:15 PM

Hidden Addictions: Canadian Centre for Child Protection

This 45 minute session will be provided by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The Canadian Centre is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children by providing programs and services to Canadians.

Presenter: Samantha Falk, Education and Training Coordinator

Samantha Falk is the Education and Training Coordinator for the CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION INC.

Platform: Virtual

Participant Max: 275