It is my passion to inform and inspire parents today about connecting with their tech-savvy youth. The primary objective of my research and training development is to strengthen and restore family bonds essential to creating a secure and peaceful society in a cyber-powered world that hypes fear and anxiety. Kids today are digital natives. They are attracted to and learn quickly how to use apps and devices without parental guidance or input. And they are exposed to goodness and adversity in ways more intense than previous generations can imagine. The use of apps and devices becomes a direct feed into their hearts and minds.
Therefore, my work is a study of the human condition that is constantly impacted by our own innovations which can make us insecure and vulnerable to bullying, addictions, and human exploitation. Everybody knows about the cyberbully problem as a main example. And while it sounds counter-intuitive, the only truly effective way to combat cyberbullying is to model forgiveness as a family strategy for empowerment and civil liberty. Let us not be deceived to agree that the bully, drug or the device has more power than the spirit of power and love and sound mind in every human being.
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So I do spend a lot of time in the field hanging out with professionals in the mental health and addiction recovery industry. I have found that this community of professionals are committed to continuous learning about the human condition (mind, spirit, soul and body), and explore how to demonstrate our inherent capacity to heal through strengthening the quality of our relationships within ourselves, our families and in our communities. This requires a mindset that is open to learning, integrating and applying tools and insights from multiple-disciplines, including a person’s chosen faith (i.e., what they choose to believe about the role of God in their life).
Through my fieldwork in prevention and recovery communities, I have observed some significant breakthroughs with tremendous value for parents, and one of them was expressed in a recent training hosted by the Sacramento Chapter of the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment earlier this month. It was a presentation about the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has on public health, delivered by Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, CEO of OnSite Strategies in Roseville. Below is the feature on Rodriguez’s ACEs training as it relates to mental health and addictions:
ACEs is important for the modern parent because we and our children are witnessing and experiencing cyber-intensified traumas (extremely painful experiences) through cyber connectivity that can and must be addressed in the home by imparting wisdom – which is holding up the thoughts that bring about peace and empower others in the face of adversity. (The February 25th workshop on setting your teen up for success will address this in detail.) So in my mind, the exploration of ACEs has revealed a tangible connection between traumas and patterns of mental health issues, addictions, cancer and heart disease that are calling for us to embrace and treat the whole person and the family with the confidence and eternal hope that every individual has the power to choose forgiveness over pain, anger and rage. This trauma-informed paradigm of public health issues thus invites professionals to integrate the sciences of addiction and recovery, medicine, mental health and faith.
My two cents:
Forgiveness = the authority to hold people accountable without condemnation in your own heart and mind
Through faith, we can choose to recognize the spiritual and intellectual power of love in each of us to confront the painful experiences and let them go so that they no longer dominate our world view and influence our relationship with ourselves, our families and the world
To that end, every parent and child has the authority to forgive one another; in fact it is an imperative to strengthen family bonds and it nevertheless remains an individual decision that must be respected.
Let us be mindful of faith because the science of addiction and recovery teaches us that the capacity to break free from addiction cannot be micro-managed from the outside – and this is true for faith. For faith is a deeply personal conviction about where you believe your power originates. From the world or from within? When we understand and choose to believe that every human being has been granted the power of free thought and free will by our Creator, then it is possible to forgive the traumas and change our minds and our life course. It is by our faith that we can choose to perceive the traumas as lies,or error of thought, that have become real experiences that murder the truth about our identities as spiritual, creative, caring and powerful beings if we allow it in our own minds. We can only control this power for ourselves, as we do not have this power over another individual. This is what it means to lead. So it is more important than ever that parents recognize their authority to create a family culture that educates their children about forgiveness as empowerment according to the wisdom of their chosen faith.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
2017 Spring Core Connectivity Symposium
Forgiveness – A Strategy for Strengthening Family Relations
- Sat. April 29, 2017, 8:30am sign in/9am to 1:30 pm
- $35.00 Lunch included/CEUs donated by OnSite Strategies
- Venue Sponsor: Parkside Church, 3885 Richardson Dr, Auburn, CA 95602
- To get registration, speakers and training details early, contact Joanna
Let’s work together:
Host an event at your home, church, business or school Core Connectivity offers Fresh Start Family Culture training to help parents exercise control over the home in ways that builds trust so as to instill discipline and empower family members. At this event you will learn:
- The threats and opportunities cyber technology introduces into the family and parent-child relationship
- How to establish age-appropriate boundaries for use of texting and social media
- Conversation tips about touchy subjects like bullying, sex, and drugs that are featured in the social network
- Establish and communicate house rules as empowerment for you and your family
To book an event at your school or church, contact Joanna
I offer private training sessions to help families establish discipline with the use of technology and strengthen bonds. This personalized training also helps create a home environment that promotes healing for individual family members recovering from mental health issues and addictions.
Fresh Start Family – Two 90-minutes sessions. To take an assessment and discuss whether this will meet your family need, contact Joanna
We certify Educators, Counselors and Therapists to integrate Fresh Start family culture principles into their practice
Professionals working with children who suffer from anxiety, depression and addiction, often encounter challenges when parents are uncertain or lack confidence about their leadership role at home to promote healing. Fresh Start principles of family culture will enable your practice to more effectively engage the parent in their role at home to promote healing.
Learn more about Fresh Start Certification
Schedule an appointment to discuss Fresh Start Certification for your practice: contact Joanna
About: We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).
Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and Examiner.com.