The use of social media has become ingrained into our daily activities. As clinicians, we must consider the treatment implications of this phenomena. This workshop will explore the impact of social media on clients as well as the therapeutic process. The course will begin with an introduction to self-harm behaviors, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We will then move into social media outlets. Social media will be described and the level of involvement for different age groups and genders. Finally, the workshop will move into social media’s influence on self-harm and self-regulating behaviors. The workshop will also provide strategies for reducing clients’ social media usage while raising awareness of social media influence.
6 Clinical CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #170603-0157 issued by NASW-NJ. CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443. See FAQ’s.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- List and describe different types of self-harm behaviors including substance use, self-mutilation, and disordered eating.
- Integrate new strategies for bringing self-harm behaviors into the therapy conversation
- List and describe different social media outlets
- Identify current trends for social media usage among different age groups and genders.
- Recognize the influence of increasing social media exposure and negative behaviors (such as poor body image or disordered eating).
- Discuss strategies for reducing social media usage in clients and raising awareness of social media influence.
Sara Martino, Ph.D., NCC, LPC
Dr. Dettinger Martino received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University (2005), M.A. in Counseling from Boston College, and B.A. in Psychology from West Chester University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor at Stockton University. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), working mainly with young women with eating disorders and self-harm behaviors. She wrote a book on her therapeutic techniques with young women who self-mutilate entitled Scars: Creative approaches for understanding and coping with self-mutilation, in 2010. Her more recent research focuses on the Superwoman Ideal and gender inequities in employment and managing work/life balance as well as social media influence on self-harm behaviors. She also specializes in sexual assault victims and in the “yes means yes” initiative.