Leadership Trainer and Parenting Speaker
Erick Lauber, Ph.D.
Dr. Erick Lauber serves as Director of Community Health and Leadership at the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute at IUP. He founded the Leadership Academy at IUP, chaired the Leadership Minor Committee, and still serves as the original instructor for the Leadership Indiana County program.
He is also the co-parent of three 20-something-year-olds who have all graduated college and launched successful careers, and he is still very happily married to his wife of 30+ years, Betsy.
Parenting in Today’s World
Dr. Lauber recently applied his psychology degree and his communications media expertise to the opioid crisis. He has received numerous state grants to research substance abuse stigma and has conducted prevention campaigns for a wide variety of audiences.
Most recently, his team reached parents by creating a blog that explained how the world today’s parents grew up in is different from their kids’ world today. It can be found at HTTP://DecodingTodaysYouth.com
The website offers weekly insights to parents about the world their kids now live in. It is co-written by Dr. Lauber’s students who are themselves recent graduates from high schools across America.
Recently, the team published a book of their most popular blogs, titled “Your Kid’s World Today: Parenting One Step Ahead“. It can be found on Amazon or purchased at the HTTP://DecodingTodaysYouth.com website.
On training sessions:
“The feedback I received from our members was overwhelmingly positive. Both sessions were creative and interactive. You connected with the audience at a very personal level. Everyone I spoke to after the meeting found your presentations both entertaning and helpful.”
– Dana M. Pless, CFO, SAE International and President, Pittsburgh Society of Assoc. Executives
“Your Kid’s World Today is an essential book for parents, caregivers, grandparents, and teachers who want and need to understand the world of our children and youth. In a clear and accessible way, it shines a light on the social and technological environment that parents find mystifying and frightening. It covers a host of important and up-to-date issues including social media, finances and gambling, television, health (alcohol, drugs, vaping, depression, suicide), relationships, bullying, gaming, and many others. The book’s organization into topical chapters allows the reader to quickly find well-researched information on a given issue. A salient feature of the book is that it is largely written by young people themselves who have experienced these challenges yet have done the hard work of thoroughly investigating and reporting each topic. Congratulations to Dr. Lauber and his team for producing a needed and timely resource.”
– Joseph F. Kovaleski, D.Ed.
Professor Emeritus of Educational and School Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania