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The Effect of Social Media Use on the Socio-affective Development of Adolescents

June 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


The Effect of Social Media Use on the Socio-affective Development of Adolescents

June 15, 2021

10am -11am PT

Live attendance is required.

This program offers 1.0 CEs for psychologists or 1.0 BBS California CEUs for LMFTs, Social workers, or counselors

Social media use, especially amongst adolescents, has become rampant in the past decade. The majority of teenagers report that they have at least one social media account and actively engage in social media platforms. Although social media use has increased, understanding the psychological and social effects of technology on adolescent development is still unclear. This presentation will examine the relationship between social media use and psychiatric symptoms in teenagers. As adolescence is a key developmental phase, a discussion of how brain functioning can be affected by social media use will also be presented. Moreover, the presentation will examine the role of social media in adolescent social connections and navigating peer relationships.
A secondary aspect of the presentation will center on problematic social media use or addictive social media use in adolescence. Specifically, the discussion will highlight the lack of definitional clarity surrounding problematic social media use in adolescence. Additionally, social media addiction research will be presented to underscore the differential developmental effects between frequency of social media use and concerning content. Finally, the presentation will examine ways to assess and therapeutically manage the negative effects of social media use in adolescence.

Presented by:

Bina Parekh,  Associate Department Chair in the PsyD. Clinical program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Anaheim, CA. 

Bina Parekh, Ph.D. is the Associate Department Chair at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) in the Department of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), Anaheim Campus. Dr. Bina Parekh received her M.A. in Community Psychology at New York University and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and minor emphasis in Biostatistics at Loma Linda University. Dr. Parekh completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Milpitas, California specializing in general psychiatry, trauma, behavioral medicine, and chemical dependency.  She has served as a project coordinator for several large grants at the Behavioral Health Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU) and acted as a clinical supervisor in the joint doctoral program between SDSU and U.C. San Diego. She has published several peer-reviewed papers in the areas of addiction medicine, psychological assessment, and diversity. Dr. Parekh has worked as a pain psychologist within a multidisciplinary treatment team in the Chronic Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente, Orange. Her clinical focus includes trauma specifically working with survivors of sexual abuse and combat exposed military personnel.  She has experience applying evidence-based models of treatment for survivors of trauma.

Learning Objectives

After attending this program attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the psychiatric symptoms associated with social media.
  • Explain the effects of social media use on adolescent brain development.
  • Describe problematic social media use and its impact on the social and emotional development of adolescents.


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Mérelle, S., Kleiboer, A., Schotanus, M., Cluitmans, T. L. M., Waardenburg, C. M., Kramer, D.,          Mheen, D., & Rooij, A. (2017). Which health-related problems are associated with problematic video-gaming or social media use in adolescents?: A large-scale cross              sectional study. Clinical Neuropsychiatry14(1), 11–19.

Vannucci, A., & McCauley Ohannessian, C. (2019). Social Media Use Subgroups Differentially   Predict Psychosocial Well-Being During Early Adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence48(8), 1469–1493. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01060-9

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Registration and Fees:

This program is free to attend


Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members of SCEH and the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


June 15, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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