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NAVIGATING THE DIGITAL AGE- FOSTERING WELLBEING AND SUCCESS: our digital wellbeing program for universities & academic institutions

Course Overview:

In today's digital age, it's crucial to equip ourselves with the tools and knowledge to thrive both personally and professionally. Our course, "Navigating the Digital Age," is designed to help students understand the intricate dynamics of self-esteem, perfectionism, and the impact of social media on your mental wellbeing. By the end of this course, students will have the skills and insights to navigate the digital landscape confidently, maintain self-worth, and foster holistic health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Self-Esteem & Social Media: Gain a profound understanding of self-esteem and confidence, exploring how social media can both bolster and challenge them. Learn to thrive and preserve self-worth in the digital era.

  2. Perfectionism vs. Healthy Striving: Develop the ability to distinguish between perfectionism and healthy striving (also known as excellencism). This knowledge is valuable for future leaders and individuals aspiring to personal growth.

  3. Time Management & Digital Balance: Master time management and tackle distractions arising from phone usage, essential skills in the digital era. Discover the equilibrium between your digital and analogue life, as well as alternative sources of reward beyond your phone.

  4. Effective Communication: Self-reflect on various communication tools, including phone calls vs. chats, WhatsApp vs. in-person discussions, and the nuances of verbal and non-verbal communication. Understand how these elements impact your relationships, sense of community, and overall focus.

  5. Crucial Conversations & Assertiveness: Embrace the art of crucial conversations and address conflict avoidance in written communication with assertiveness. Dive into the principles of non-violent communication.

Course Format:

Our course is offered through a blend of in-person lectures and online sessions, providing flexibility for students, or it can be fully in person.

It consists of 12 engaging lessons, each lasting two hours with breaks.

Course Literature:

To support students' learning journey, we've curated a selection of insightful readings, book excerpts, and multimedia resources, including:

  • Non Violent Communication, a Language of Life (Excerpts by M. Rosenberg)

  • The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (Excerpts by N. Branden)

  • Focus in the Age of Distraction (Excerpts by Jane Piper)

  • Dopamine Nation (Anna Lembke)

  • Together (Excerpts)

  • Digital Etiquette (Excerpts by Victoria Turk)

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Excerpts by Travis Bradberry)

  • Netflix Series: The Social Dilemma (Reflective insights)

  • Quotes and Scientific Articles: Additional resources from leading authorities in psychology and coaching will be provided to enrich the learning experience.

 

Prepare to embark on a transformative journey, gaining the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the digital age while nurturing your mental and emotional wellbeing. Join us today and discover how to navigate this dynamic era with confidence and success. Read more about the  "social detox" experiment conducted by Alessandra during this program.

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This program was first piloted in 2020 at the prestigious university of St Gallen (see picture above), and since it's great success it has been made available for other entities, but with the same rich and unconventional curriculum. Here some of the feedback received by the students:

-  "Dear Alessandra, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful course. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot for my personal life. And I am thrilled with you as a person. You made this course very unique". Ronny, bachelor student

- "I really enjoyed being in your class. My self-awareness has increased since and I really started to see some habits I want to change for my digital wellbeing. And also, the things you taught us in class are life changing things, like the importance of communication adn the thoughts we have because of social media usage. I hope you will continue teaching that." Lara, student

- "My mental health always feels better after your classes. It gives me the chance to remember that it's okay and good to be assertive and set boundaries and make myself a priority. I enjoy that you make this class so personal. Normally at the university we are just some fish in a big sea, but not in your class." Moesha, student

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