Impcat of Social Media on Youth - Online
PRESENTER: KIM R. WILSON, MSSW/LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is in her 12th year of private practice and more than 20 years in the helping profession. She is the owner of Wilson Counseling, which is staffed by mental health professionals, drug and alcohol counselors, case managers, and peer support specialists. Kim provides counseling to children, adults, couples and families for a wide range of mental health disorders, including trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression. She has extensive experience in providing mental health treatment, as well as working with co-parenting and collaborative divorce cases. Kim is certified in EMDR, and has completed extensive training in CBT, DBT and Solution-Focused therapy approaches. She previously provided forensic interview services, and prior to private practice worked at DCBS investigating child abuse and neglect. Kim provides LCSW supervision to CSWs seeking full licensure, as well as providing practicum placement for MSW students.
Current community advocacy activities include:
- Southern KY Collaborative Professionals - Board Member since 2018, current Vice President
- Hope Harbor Rape Crisis Center – Board Member since 2012, current President
- Green Dot Violence Prevention Team – Member since 2010
- Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse – Member since 2003
Research reflects adolescents spend several hours daily on social media. To manage social media use, it is necessary to understand social media itself, cyberbullying and other online threats, and impact on youth mental health. This workshop examines prevalence, history of social media, in-depth exploration of the impact of social media on youth, empowerment and strengths-based strategies for proactive address, tips to manage social media use, adolescent developmental stages and tasks, and theoretical treatment approaches for clinical treatment of associated anxiety, depression and other disorders.
At the conclusion of this workshop:
1. Participants will have increased knowledge of what social media is and its history.
2. Participants will have increased knowledge of positives and negatives of social media.
3.Participants will have increased knowledge of strategies to manage social media usage, including strengths-based approach.
4. Participants will have increased knowledge of child and adolescent development, and how this impacts social media use.
5. Participants will have increased skill in use of theoretical approaches to treat mental health conditions associated with social media use.
Target audience: Mental health professionals, case managers, victim advocates, peer support specialists, school personnel (teachers, FRYSC/Youth Service Centers), court-designated workers, social service workers, and parents.
Relevance to Social Work Practice
1. Enhance understanding of human need for relationships, to belong, and to feel connected to their families, communities, country and world, which then positively contributes to quality of life and life satisfaction. Content of this workshop upholds social worker value that human relationships hold importance. Today's society must balance social media use/relationships with in-person interactions/relationships.
2. Social workers work to address social issues. Strained, non-existent and/or surface-level relationships lead to increased depression and anxiety, which in turn may lead to increased risk of addiction/self-medication in harmful ways. By improving quality of relationships, we address social issues (social work core value) and promote ability for well-informed self-determination regarding use of social media and appropriate supervision.
3. Knowledge of social media, its risks and its impacts is imperative to simultaneously educate and protect youth from cyber threats and behaviors that negatively impact mental health. Information contained in this workshop contributes to social work knowledge base for effective service provision.
CEU: Hours - 3