Community Invited to Educational Workshop: Navigating the Digital and Gaming Age with Our Youth


Sunday, January 27 from 3:00-5:15 pm at Deckers Rotunda

We invite parents and concerned community members to join us to learn strategies to support digital responsibility for our youth. The Youthwell Coalition has organized a parent/community workshop on navigating the digital and gaming age on January 27 from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. at Deckers Rotunda in Goleta. This free workshop is open to everyone.  Interested participants are encouraged to register at or view more details at

The interactive workshop sponsored by Deckers Brands will feature speakers and attendees can expect to gain an understanding of the impact of screen time on brain development, and learn to identify signs of digital addiction and digital dating abuse. Speakers and facilitators will provide opportunities for attendees to practice tools and learn tips for how to set healthy boundaries around devices.

Speakers include Alia Aizenstat, M.A., a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and author of Psychotherapy in the Digital Age: The Integration of Online Identities in the Therapeutic and Christy Stillwell, M.A. Psychology, founder and executive director of What is LOVE, a research based dating violence prevention program helping teens identify abusive behaviors including digital abuse and build healthy relationship skills.

“Our last community workshop in August had 170 in attendance and after surveying parents on other mental health topics, the most popular issue was parents requesting support with their children on how to manage digital devices, social media, gaming, and binge watching shows on their computers. Parents are trying to get a handle on how to set limits as well as be able to recognize signs and symptoms of cell phone and gaming addiction,” says Rachael Steidl, YouthWell Founder. “Parents can expect to come away with a clear understanding of the impacts of digital use and how we, as adults, can play a critical role in this process.”

The Youthwell Coalition, Family Service Agency, and Mental Wellness Center joined forces to provide these free educational workshops throughout Santa Barbara County as part of a three-year federal grant for mental health awareness training to teachers, parents, mental health professionals, and community members. The grant also includes funding for crisis intervention training for Santa Barbara County sheriffs and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings.


About the Youthwell Coalition

YouthWell is focused on improving prevention, education, and early intervention outreach in Santa Barbara County, in order to connect youth, ages 12-25, and their families to mental health supports before the crisis. Youthwell is committed to mobilizing community stakeholders, service providers, schools, and caregivers, in order to create a coordinated and comprehensive care response system. Visit for more information.

About Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County

The mission of Family Service Agency (FSA) is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community. FSA improves the health and well-being of our community’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors by ensuring access to food, shelter and other basic needs, as well as providing youth mentoring, case management, substance abuse treatment, advocacy, and a wide-array of mental health programs. For more information, visit

About Mental Wellness Center

The Mental Wellness Center (MWC) is the non-profit organization that recognizes mental illness is a community matter affecting us all. Providing education and support, MWC is dedicated to meeting the immediate and future needs of our Youth, Adults, Families, and the greater Community. Visit for more information.


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