2022 Ara Cary Lecture Series

Dates: September 30, 2022

Meets: F from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Hours: 6.00

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - L. William Seidman Center Room 1008B

Conference Reg w Social Work Continuing Ed Hours: $25.00

Child Wellbeing in a Wired World: Innovations and Inadequacies

As adults, we did not grow up with instant access to the latest movie on a parent's iPhone or were given the luxury of calling out for Alexa to inform us why the sky is blue. While remarkable advances in technology have been made, how are they impacting today's children?

This conference will address children's wellbeing in the context of the advances in digital technology. The focus will be on the developmental stages, how these intersect with children's engagement with media at each developmental stage, and implications for next steps.

This program is recommended for LBSW and LMSW beginning skill levels.


Parking information will be emailed to you two business days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations: https://www.gvsu.edu/maps


Payment & Registration (RECENTLY UPDATED):

  • Payment is due upon registration.  If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee.  If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    • This is a recent change in our policies to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm. 
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.



  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing learn@gvsu.edu.  Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program.  You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program.  Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund.  If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.


Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end.  Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program.  Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email learn@gvsu.edu.
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours. 
Fee: $25.00

Call us at (616)331-7180 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Conference Reg w Social Work Continuing Ed Hours$ 25.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Conference Registration$ 15.00

GRAND RAPIDS - L. William Seidman Center Room 1008B

50 Front Ave, Grand Rapids, 49504


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