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

Janine E. Oliver, PhD, MSW, LCSW, RYI200, CH, CCATP
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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.

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


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Janine E. Oliver, PhD, MSW, LCSW, RYI200, CH, CCATP's Profile

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Janine Oliver, PhD, MSW, LCSW, RYI200, CH, CCATP, is a psychologist and licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years’ experience counseling in the mental health field. Dr. Oliver is trained in cognitive psychology and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and logotherapy as primary interventions in treatment. These interventions help with many issues, such as grief, loss and depression. Dr. Oliver is a certified yoga instructor, acknowledging the connection between body, mind and spirit as a holistic approach to overall health and well-being. Dr. Oliver is also a certified hypnotherapist, meditation instructor and EFT practitioner; using these modalities to focus on the subconscious and emotion centers as a means of treating a variety of issues, such as habits, phobias, inner child work, pain and regression. In addition, Dr. Oliver is a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, using the most current interventions to treat anxiety and enhance the lives of those suffering with crippling anxiety to lead healthy, active lives. Dr. Oliver is a psychology professor and presenter for continuing education credits for mental health professionals.

Dr. Oliver worked in therapeutic foster care to aid families with mental health services and reunification efforts. She conducted trainings for the foster parents to keep their licensure and is skilled with parenting interventions of children and teens. She is experienced with trauma, abuse and neglect issues, as well as the cumulative effects of displacement in early life. Dr. Oliver worked as an outpatient mental health therapist providing treatment to a wide range of individuals of all ages, couples, children and teens, as well as parents seeking assistance with effective parenting practices. Dr. Oliver is a psychology professor teaching a variety of psychology, counseling and social work classes, using data and research as primary informers to her practice.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janine Oliver has employment relationships with Estadt Psychological and Delaware County Community College. She receives compensation as a yoga and certified meditation/hypnosis/EFT instructor. Dr. Oliver receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janine Oliver has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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 RVT, SM, and other mediums
  • Anxiety and depression reduction for those with compromised critical thinking
  • Strategies for eating disorders, body dysmorphia and other maladaptive behaviors


  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.

Target Audience

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


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