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Social Media and Mental Health
Friday, October 29, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Special Interest Division

Social Media and Mental Health

Friday October 29, 2021

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presented by:
Alexander Kriss, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Sponsored by:
Westchester Center for Psychological Education
Westchester County Psychological Association


Virtual Lecture
Held on Zoom


WCPA Members - Free     Non-members- $20
1 continuing education credit hour - $5 for WCPA Members $10 Non-Members

Recent research reveals a complex dynamic between social media and mental health. Overuse of social media is consistently correlated with anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance, but the theoretical models explaining these correlations are wide-ranging and poorly integrated. To complicate matters, common social media use may have little to no impact on mental health, and in some cases can facilitate prosocial behavior and a sense of interpersonal connection. This course looks at all facets of our relationship with social media, helping clinicians distinguish different patterns of use and, most importantly, interpret those patterns with respect to a given client’s psychology. Specific attention will be given to real-world examples of how clients talk about their social media use in psychotherapy to illustrate the assessment of social media’s impact on a client’s life and, if needed, how to effectively intervene.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two negative psychological symptoms associated with social media overuse
  • Identify at least two psychosocial benefits associated with moderate social media use
  • Identify at least three factors that may protect against social media overuse
  • Describe at least three types of social media overuse, and clinical approaches suited for each


Brief Bio:
Alexander Kriss, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and author. He serves as Director of the training clinic at Fordham University and runs a private practice in Sleepy Hollow, NY, where he treats adolescents and adults. Dr. Kriss's work on the intersection of mental health and technology has been featured on NPR and in The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. His first book, "The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play," was published in 2020 by The Experiment.

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Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day before the presentation, the morning of the presentation, 2 hours before the presentation starts, and again 10 minutes before the presentation begins.

Cancellation policy: A full refund will be given if cancellation is made 3 business days before the presentation.