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Dr. Larry Mitnaul      

Child and Adult Psychiatrist; Parenting and Child Development Expert

Dr. Mitnaul is a double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and father of six. Mitnaul has an expertise in parenting, mental health and child development. He specializes in teaching families how to navigate parenting in the digital age of screens. In 2021, Mitnaul launched Be Well Academy (online school) which is a breakthrough parenting approach giving thousands of parents a new way to see and solve challenges in their homes.

Mitnaul completed his Bachelors in Biology from the University of Dallas. After several years managing a pediatric oncology research lab, he went on for a Masters in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University while managing a diabetes research lab. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he completed a dual MD and Masters of Public Health degree. Mitnaul then completed Adult Psychiatry residency training followed by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Dartmouth, where he was named Chief Resident. Mitnaul is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

When he's not at the clinic or consulting for organizations he's meeting parents, teens and medical school students '''where they are' via TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube or his PBS Show, ''''Cause for Hope."

Speech Topics

Connecting Families in the Age of Social Media

Each generation claims that parenting is the hardest it has ever been. I believe it is most true today. Our children and teens have more of the world at their fingertips than ever before. Yet, most parents will admit to feeling isolated and unsure of the degree to which virtual friendships, gaming groups, or the desire for technology-laden diversions are undermining their child’s desire for closer connection to the family unit. In my clinical practice, I encounter an increasing number of well-meaning parents who struggle with walking the balance of setting appropriate screen-time limits AND helping their child(ren) develop into great citizens in the real world and online.

My experiences as a parent, social media content creator on multiple platforms (including TikTok which hosts my most popular video to date at around 4 million views), and psychiatrist offer me a unique view into the ways in which social media holds the attention of our children. By helping you to better understand this, we can empower parents to feel more confident in setting limits and help parents to use those insights to regain the attention of their child.

This talk will equip you with a better understanding of the current research for gaming and internet-use disorders. We will review trends in social media consumption for children/adolescents and its profound effects within the family system. Finally, we will reflect on the attachment parenting lens to bring together practical tips and insights for helping families to find a balance and ultimately, come closer to the family life they desire to have.

Parenting in a New Era

A key challenge in this new office world is creating a workplace that is equitable and empathetic towards working parents.

The talk touches on maintaining your personal wellness in this new world, the importance of creating a healthy workplace environment for parents, how moms are disproportionally effected by work from home stressors, and how men (and particularly fathers) can help fight the good fight.

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