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Social Media, Reality TV & Influencer Culture: CBT, EFT, and More for Enhanced Treatment of Clients Impacted by Toxic Content

Creating lasting change in therapy is hard work - especially when your client is distracted, disengaged, or lacks the necessary skills to retain therapeutic interventions...

If you’re struggling to make progress with your young clients, you’re not alone! Social media, reality TV, and influencer culture immersion have caused a critical thinking drought. And it’s making therapy harder.

Understanding how social media and reality television impact your clients – decreased self-esteem, increased anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation − is vital for the whole picture of mental health and has a direct impact on you as the professional.

Watch Janine Oliver, PhD, LCSW, clinician and researcher of reality tv and social media as she demonstrates the connection to critical thinking decline and shares ways to improve your efforts as a therapist to make your interventions more effective, efficient, and durable. You’ll get:

  • Strategies to sustain lasting critical thinking skills
  • Confidence grounded in new skills and research to navigate social media and reality tv
  • Proven strategies to enhance engagement and problem-solving to help your client come up with their own solutions
  • Exercises and assessment tools to build resilience and grit to enhance clients critical thinking

Purchase now and walk away confident and grounded in new skills and research to navigate social media, virtual reality and external influences impacting people today!

Program Information


  1. Develop preventative measures to counter the impact of reality TV and social media.
  2. Intervene with antidotes to declining critical thinking in an advanced society: the importance of reading and evaluation.
  3. Differentiate between diagnoses and an inability to reason, deduce, induce and think sequentially.
  4. Develop the ability to think critically and understand the impact on your clients and their attempt at life skills.
  5. Investigate the long-term effects of years overloaded with false narratives posed by reality tv.
  6. Evaluate the impact of reality TV and social media on client’s well-being and implement effective critical thinking interventions.


Critical Thinking – the GATEKEEPER

  • Why is critical thinking important in client sessions?
  • Assessing your client’s ability to think critically
  • Impact of reality TV (RTV) and social media (SM) on critical thinking for our clients
  • Impact of decreased critical thinking in education
Reality TV’s Overall Impact & Social Media Daily Usage on:
  • Developing brain
  • Teenage attention span
  • Emotional centers of the brain
  • Increased hypervigilance from constant primitive arousal
Impact on Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Addiction
  • Addiction to social media and reality tv
  • Decreased Self-Esteem and Self-Image FOMO
  • Biological reasons for insomnia connected to RTV and social media
  • Case Study: “Steve’s story, 18 y/o – excessive brain fog, vision issues”
Help Clients through the Weeds of Real vs. Virtual
  • RTV and SM create reality-clients can’t often decipher the real from the scripted unreal
  • Grounding lessons, CBT interventions
  • Understand the importance of perspective of clients; this is their world
  • Hold authority while diplomatically engaging client
  • Assert your professionalism without alienating client
  • Case Study: 21 y/o self-diagnosed BPD. She’d taken online test and had symptoms of RTV personality
Prepackaged Diagnosis & Watering Down of Therapy
  • Eliminate harmful inaccurate depictions of mental health in pop culture
  • Assert your professionalism without alienating the client
  • How RTV and SM decrease intelligence and water down professionalism
  • Distorting effects and narrowing perspectives caused by RTV and SM decrease legitimacy of professionals
  • Case Study: “Sandra’s story, 19 y/o—the client who came to the intake session with her own diagnosis because she read it online”
Durable Interventions to Increase Critical Thinking
  • Psychoeducation – readiness to absorb interventions with active listening
  • Examining – model interventions in session – CBT, EFT, relaxation techniques
  • Assessing – help client make connections with past behavior and new information = internal recognition
  • Discernment - change thought pattern with new intervention (neuroplasticity for lasting change)
  • Specific skill sets to target gen y and z, who have grown up with RTV and SM
  • Relearn relationship with RTV, SM, and other mediums
  • Anxiety and depression reduction for those with compromised critical thinking
  • Strategies for eating disorders, body dysmorphia and other maladaptive behaviors

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • Education Administration

Copyright : 10/21/2022

When 25 Looks More Like 18: Clinical Strategies for Clients Struggling to Meet the Demands of Adulthood

The interplay of new technologies, socio-cultural shifts, and educational stressors have created obstacles for young people like never before.

Research suggests that while today’s youth enter adolescence much sooner, they actually reach adulthood much later...resulting in an “extended adolescence.” Our traditional therapeutic tools now fall short, as we endeavor to help clients meet the demands of adulthood.

Watch award-winning author and international speaker Sharon Saline, Psy.D., and national trainer and child/family consultant Steve O’Brien, Psy.D., for an enlightening experience designed to redefine and redesign your treatment approach to help young people forge a path to adulthood.

You will learn strategies to:

  • Navigate ADHD, anxiety, autism and other obstacles to develop life skills
  • Reprogram the dopamine dependent brain
  • Cultivate openness and flexibility with Gen Z culture
  • Collaborate with well-intended but over-involved parents
  • Instill motivation to advance real-world engagement
  • Promote “connected independence” in young adults

This timely and engaging training will shed new light on Generation Z youth and equip you with practical, contemporary tools for empowering these young people to shift gears and move toward a rewarding and meaningful adulthood.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate relevant research on extended adolescence and emerging adulthood.
  2. Determine factors which promote normative vs complicated adolescent identity development.
  3. Evaluate the interplay of technological, societal, and educational stressors on the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.
  4. Distinguish how DSM-5™ disorders develop in adolescents hinder the “adulting” process.
  5. Choose therapeutic strategies for reducing symptom severity in young adults and for reducing systemic conflict.
  6. Design clinical interventions for common disorders of the Gen Z population.
  7. Employ therapeutic techniques for cultivating a growth mindset and resilience in young adults.


When 25 Looks More Like 18, Origins of Extended Adolescence

  • Psychosocial implications of a “Check-listed Childhood”
  • Plugged-in but disconnected: “The Loneliest Generation”
  • Short-term gratification for the dopamine dependent brain
  • Gender, race, privilege and other “identity influencers”
  • Interplay of technology, society and educational stressors
  • “Virtual Reality IS Their Reality”
Reaching Adolescents and Their Families
  • Tips for rapport building with Generation Z
  • Mindfully managing parental involvement
  • Build working alliances without alignments
  • Cultivate cooperation and bypass resistance
Modifying the Clinical Interview – What’s Changed
  • Model openness and flexibility with Gen Z culture
  • Distinguish between pathology and generational differences
  • Precursors to other disorders – are you seeing these traits clearly
  • Navigate more complex Identity exploration and confusion
  • Differentiate oppositional behavior from healthy identity expression
Clinical Strategies for Clients Struggling with:
Anxiety - Social, OCD, Panic
  • Promote “real” interaction in a virtual world
  • Facilitate flexibility by reducing device dependent behavior
  • Neutralize perfectionistic worry to combat outcome certainty
  • Reduce fears around healthy risk taking
  • Dealing with fallout of social media and cyber harassment
  • Reframe devaluing self-talk from negative online comparison
  • Mood-management and preventing isolation
  • Reduce desensitized views of self-harming thoughts/behaviors
  • Social media boundaries to reduce impulsivity and negative consequences
  • Device management to reduce distraction
  • Self-structuring for time blindness
  • “Appointment-Making” for better follow through
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiversity
  • Social coaching to reduce “passing as neurotypical” stress
  • Brain-based, self-regulation strategies to manage overstimulation
  • Foster flexible self-view around gender identity and sexuality
  • Healthy routines to promote friendship, productivity and fun
Cultivating a Growth Mindset for Life
  • Teach tools for long-term resilience and self-advocacy
  • Determine need for other professional services
  • Advance healthy development in future generations
  • Research findings and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • Addiction Counselors

This workshop is intended for professionals working with clients 15-25.

Copyright : 06/09/2021

Take the ‘Enemy’ out of Frenemy: Tools to Help Girls Solve Relational Aggression and Build Healthy Friendships

Helping girls learn how to navigate friendships can be rewarding, but also time-consuming and emotionally exhausting for the clinician. The school environment is the most common arena for relational aggression to develop. Something as simple as choosing partners for a project, finding a seat on the bus or lunchroom, or playing at recess can erupt in drama. Pile on parent involvement and social media and situations can exponentially escalate.

Signs of relational aggression can manifest in several ways: increased conflict, social isolation, poor grades, decreased concentration, physical complaints of nausea, headaches, changes in weight, digestive problems, and sleep disturbance. Symptoms can develop into depression, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders.

Watch this recording and you’ll learn:

  • Interventions to make individual sessions or groups more effective for each age and stage
  • Skill-building activities that are visual, interactive, and memorable beyond talking and processing feelings
  • Tools to teach girls how to regulate emotions, manage conflict, practice assertive communication, and improve stress management
  • Strategies to reduce the negative impact of comments adult make and the way they respond (or don’t)

You’ll receive reproducible handouts, scripts and prompts, step-by-step intervention instructions, and examples of parent coaching sessions and will be equipped to teach girls the skills to manage conflict and form healthy bonds, thereby improving their mental health!

Program Information


  1. Demonstrate the effects of adolescent brain development and technology in the escalation of relational aggression to inform client choices.
  2. Utilize solution-focused interventions that can be applied in both group and individual sessions to evaluate healthy behavior in friendships and cliques.
  3. Implement coping strategies that apply to relational aggression situations in each developmental stage to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  4. Design adult coaching strategies for parents, teachers, and coaches to use in response to relational aggression to increase client self-esteem and competency.


Interpreting Overt and Covert Behaviors

  • Gender communication styles and friendship roles: Developmental stages
  • Behaviors of healthy relationships and trust development
  • Clinical implications of anxiety, depression, self-harm, and eating disorders
  • Adolescent brain development and hormonal changes
  • Impact of social media as it relates to relational aggression
Cliques and Group Dynamics
  • Common roles and behaviors in cliques
  • Adult pitfalls and approaches to manage negative behaviors
  • Solution-focused interventions to address conflict: Exercises and reproducible handouts
  • Conversation strategies to increase assertiveness
  • Passive, aggressive, and passive-aggressive communication styles: Role play examples
Coping Strategies for Relational Aggression
  • Cultivate strengths during adversity to manage feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression
  • Build awareness of brain/body development and physical manifestations of anxiety
  • Teach signs of healthy friendships
Parent/Family Support for Girls
  • Communication techniques to foster self-esteem
  • Psycho-educational resources and exercises
  • Should you ever call the other parent?
  • Enabling versus supportive behavior
  • Modeling friendship skills and social “homework”

Target Audience

  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Nurses
  • Coaches
  • School Administrators
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Summer Camp Staff
  • Clergy
  • Probation Officers

Copyright : 03/20/2020

Boundary Setting Strategies: How Your Clients Can Reclaim Emotional Autonomy

Attempts to set boundaries with toxic and emotionally manipulative people are often met with demeaning abuse designed to instill guilt, shame, fear, and self-doubt. Their victims are left feeling confused, selfish for having their own needs, and convinced they must make the abuser happy with them at any cost.

In this session Dr. Lindsay Gibson, clinical psychologist and international best-selling author, will show you experiential emotional techniques your clients can use to set boundaries and free themselves from emotional tyranny.

Program Information


  1. Investigate defenses and emotionally coercive tactics of the narcissistic personality.
  2. Use psychoeducation and self-concept development to help empower clients to set healthy boundaries in relationships.
  3. Apply emotional and experiential techniques that will help clients protect themselves against emotional coercion.


  • Why clients seek the narcissist’s approval
  • Build boundary setting skills through psychoeducation and self-concept development
  • Strategies to decrease the impact of emotional coercion tactics

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/28/2022

The Millennial Lovelink

Many millennials are choosing to ditch gender identifiers like male and female, and shed labels like single, taken, gay, or straight. They’re shucking them in favor of fluidity—the belief that one’s deeply personal sense of gender, sexuality, or in-relationship identity can be more elusive and shifting than previous generations acknowledged. We’ll explore how working with fluid millennial clients can be both enlightening and challenging for older therapists, especially when helping them navigate issues of intimacy, love, and sex.

Program Information


  1. Analyze how millennials approach romantic love differently, including the challenge of committing to relationships despite the endless options of dating apps, and squaring desire for independence and self-discovery with commitment needs.
  2. Utilize the qualities that millennials most value in therapists, like directness and self-disclosure, and how to embody them.
  3. Utilize language used by millennials, which includes tinder, bumble, ghosting, benching, and breadcrumbing, to truly connect with clients.


Millennials approach love and sexuality differently compared to other age groups.

  • Understand the challenge of committing to relationships
  • Understand the challenge millenials face in the context of a desire for independence and commitment
Understand the how to build a therapeutic alliance with millennials
  • Explore the qualities that millennials value in a therapist such as self-disclosure and directness
  • Explore how to develop these qualities as a therapist
Learn the language of millennials
  • Understand the distinctive language millennials speak
  • Gain knowledge about the way millennials communicate in relationships

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/24/2018

Working with A$$holes

These days it seems there’s a jerk waiting around every corner—on the street, on your social media feed, even in your consulting room. Is there anything therapists can do for our clients and communities to help us successfully engage with the antagonistic people in our lives? In this recording, we’ll examine how to apply the therapeutic concept of radical acceptance as a practical and safe strategy to bring more peace, civility, and creativity into potentially polarizing situations.  

Program Information


  1. Discover how to work more effectively with narcissistic or borderline clients who challenge our boundaries
  2. Discover how to avoid common mistakes when dealing with an antagonistic or difficult person by paying too much or too little attention to their behavior
  3. Discover how to keep yourself safe and sane when interacting with clients who hold extreme beliefs by connecting to your own courage and creativity and getting support from others


Where do a@@holes come from? 

  • Owning your inner a@@hole: Examining our own political incorrectness and selfishness 
  • Biological, epigenetic, and behavioral factors 
Trick or treat? What to do when compassion and empathy are met with hostility 
  • Case conceptualization for narcissistic, borderline, and perfectionist personalities 
  • Compassionate confrontation: Standing up for yourself without putting the other down 
Changing A@@hole Culture 
  • Creative, non-violent responses to repression and socially violent behavior 
  • Nurturing courage and connection: Breaking the cycle of shame and silence

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/23/2018

Buzzing, pinging and grasping for our attention, our phones and screens can cause significant distress, as we lose touch with reality and the importance of self-care and emotional well-being.

Take advantage of the 56 practices inside to detox from your devices, feel rejuvenated, find healthier coping skills, and embrace the present moment.

Detox: Practices to help you dump your devices, simplify and soar!
De-stress: Learn to relax instead of letting social media and FOMO stress you out.
Distract: Instead of turning to your devices for comfort, practice new coping skills.
Discover: An amazing, meaningful world unfolds when you take your eyes off the screen!

From TMI to FOMO, there is no doubt that millennials have a language of their own.

A generation as diverse as this demands a therapeutic toolbox that sheds light on the intricacies and complexities in working with and treating this unique population.

Written by Dr. Goali Saedi Bocci, millennial, psychologist, and author of a popular millennial-focused blog on Psychology Today, this workbook is filled with actionable worksheets, handouts, tech-guided meditations, and empowering tools requiring mere minutes a day to support the time-pressed client.

  • Solution-Focused Therapy Interventions for Quick-Fixes
  • CBT to Manage Rumination & Cognitive Distortions
  • Reducing Stress with Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Managing Loneliness & Feelings of Isolation
  • Decreasing Blue Light & Enhancing Sleep
  • Developing Self-Compassion
  • Overcoming Perfectionism in the Pinterest & Instagram Era
  • Texting, Social Media, & Well-Being