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Social Media: Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide

June 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LCSW

Rates of depression, loneliness, and anxiety are increasing in youth in the United States. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. These increases have occurred in a very short period of time. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey among teens on their perception of social media in 2018. They found that 24% of teens described social media as having a negative effect on their life. This workshop will explore the history of the social media industry, starting with “Six Degrees” in 1997 to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A historical analysis helps shed light on explaining the complicated relationship between social media and the world overall. A financial market analysis of the social media industry provides insight into how the market acts. This analysis will look at industry-wide practices that help explain how social media platform design lends itself to excessive use through the work of B.F. Skinner and B.J. Fogg. This workshop will conclude with best practice recommendations for dealing with clients who struggle with social media use. Recommendations will also be made for best practices for family therapy for those who have a loved one negatively impacted by social media. Finally, this workshop will provide guidance to social workers on how they can effectively educate the public about the negative impact of social media and how to mitigate it. Overall the objectives of this workshop is to inform social workers on the impact that social media has already had and will continue to have in years to come. 

CE Credits: 6 Clinical


June 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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