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Friday Forum Encore: Face-to-Face Interaction in the Digital Age: Methods that Work
Metropolitan State University, Midway Campus (Lower Level, Room P)
1450 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108
Friday, February 08, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Friday Forum Encores

Face-to-Face Interaction in the Digital Age: Methods that Work

Friday, February 8, 2019

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

Digital technologies are revolutionizing our lives worldwide with new solutions to enduring problems. Yet the most challenging impact has been on human relationships and the ability to relate face-to-face, this presentation reviews research findings and explores how digital technologies have impacted face-to-face interaction for better and for worse. The first part of this presentation focuses on managing use of digital technologies to limit harm and promote uses that foster effective relationships. The second part demonstrates how new applications, such as telemedicine, distance learning, and digital simulations in education, training, and research can be effective yet fall short of the full face-to-face experience which defies understanding. The third part demonstrates how face-to-face interactions can not only be understood but empirically measured with the UfaceMETM method, a digital technology that engages people to learn from each other. This is an interactive laboratory presentation demonstrating how the UfaceME method empowers mutual face-to-face understanding exemplified when a black coach mentors a black student about managing anger in public. Audience participants use hand-held responders to rate viewpoints between coach and student on a prerecorded session. Immediately after the viewing, graphic feedback to the audience on their viewpoint accuracy stimulates a lively discussion of critical intercultural issues such as: implicit biases, self-disclosure, and challenges of face-to-face interaction relevant to effective intervention.

This session is at the introductory level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize definite impacts of digital technologies (especially smartphones) in their daily lives and have some specific skills to take constructive action to limit harm and promote effective relationships.
  2. Define the elements of face-to-face interactions, how they can be measured, and applied for relationship learning, research, and intervention.
  3. Explain their understanding of being personally accountable to another person when face-to-face, including professional concerns of selfdisclosure and ethical principles.

About the Presenter:

Jim Ayers, Ph.D., LP, is a Clinical Psychologist who’s forty-plus years of clinical experience has focused on public service, underserved populations, and professional development. His research and clinical practice has focused on face-to-face interaction and developing methods and technologies to foster human understanding and effective relationships. He received his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. 

The presenter has reported being CEO and Co-Founder of UfaceME, Inc. as a conflict of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite!

Click here to download a PDF registration flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by February 1 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after February 1 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.