January 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mary Anne Van Rooyen

Today’s young people grow up online. How does near-constant use of social media affect relationships, learning and mental health? This training will examine the pros and cons of information technology for both therapists and clients. These themes are particularly relevant considering the integral role of internet-enabled communication during the global pandemic.

Topics covered will include:

-Media/digital literacy
-Strategies and tools to help mediate and monitor tech use
-Harm reduction vs. abstinence when containing social media use
-The good: connecting, resources, peer supports
-The bad: cyber bullying, pornography, on-line luring, poison envy
-Balance during COVID-19 and increased dependency on digital media for all contact and connection, work and education

Learning objectives:

-The opportunities and risks of using social/digital media.
-How to bridge the divide between therapist and (young) clients when using social/digital media.
-How to enhance safety and privacy online when seeing young people in the therapy.

This webinar is brought to you by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH)