Trauma 110: The Impact of Social Media

Pittsburgh, PA US
May 2, 2024

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore how social media has evolved over time, especially in the last twenty years. Participants are invited to consider both the positive and negative sides of social media, the potential for social media to be addictive, and the role parents and caregivers play in ensuring that children and teens are not emotionally or relationally harmed because of their social media activities. Video clips featuring two prominent voices who have written best-selling books on the impact of social media promote enhanced appreciation for the power of social media to be harmful if not carefully monitored and controlled. Participants have opportunities to engage in conversations with each other to inspire greater clarity in their roles as adults as well as appreciation for how they need to be self-aware and self-protective when it comes to their own use of social media.

Target Audience

ISD Clinical Staff

Learning Objectives

ANCC & Social Work Learning Objectives:             

  1. Explain the positive and negative impacts of social media among children and adults
  2. Recall strategies to address issues associated with navigating the facets of social media
  3. Describe the relationship between highly distracted parents and children’s attachment as well as the potential for social media to be addictive
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/02/2024 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/02/2024 - 12:00pm EDT

Program begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm.  Total Education Time = 3 Hour(s)




9:00 – 10:00am

Provide highly relevant, researched information about social media:  what it is and how it impacts children and adults

Joel Brecht CRC, LPC

10:00 – 11:00am

Review of specific actions participants can take to address some of the issues that we face in navigating the facets of social media

Joel Brecht CRC, LPC


Discuss the relationship between highly distracted parents and children’s attachment as well as the potential for social media to be addictive

Joel Brecht CRC, LPC

UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

Joel Brecht CRC, LPC

Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor. Worked for over 25 years within the mental health field including working with persons with disabilities.  Worked in various treatment settings including Drug and Alcohol treatment, Head Trauma, Community and School Based Behavioral Health, Homeless Shelters, and Residential treatment. Provided treatment and support to a wide range of ages including geriatrics, children, adolescents, and adults. Pennsylvania State trainer for LGBTQI issues in counseling, providing trainings to service providers across the state. Advisory Board member for Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing (CNE) 
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 3 contact hour(s).

This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 3 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credit(s).

CCM CE will be provided:  3 CE - CCM COA will be sent via email from UPMC Health Plan nurse planner approximately 6-8 weeks following the live date of the course.

Pharmacy CE is not available for this educational activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

NOTE:  Paramedic/EMT CE is approved for any activity in which ANCC (nursing CE) is approved.  This is per Heather Bogdon and Christie Hempfling

Available Credit

  • 3.00 Attendance
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