This program has been approved for 6 Category A Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter, Auth #3507
Social media use among children and adolescents is at an all-time high, with more than 75% of American teens actively using social networking sites and apps. Many adults are concerned about this phenomenon, fearing the negative impact on children’s mental, physical and emotional health; some feel that social media can be a positive tool for young people today; while many others are simply resigned to the fact that this has become the primary way that teens communicate with peers. This workshop will explore social media use through the lens of adolescent development, examining the research on the positive and negative impacts on social development, cognitive growth, and emotional and physical health. In addition, participants will gain tools to educate young people on the topic and to assist them in developing a mindful approach to media use.
Hannah Mariotti is a licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in education and mental health care. As a counselor, she has held positions in hospitals, health services and private practice. Hannah has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools with students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Her areas of expertise include: learning and the brain, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, autism spectrum issues, social/emotional learning and mindfulness. Currently, Hannah works as a school counselor on the New Hamphire seacoast, teaches at Granite State College and is a co-owner and practitioner at Beacon Coaching & Consulting. She has a master’s degree in counseling.
Sarah Wagner is a school psychologist with 20 years of experience as an educator. She has worked in therapeutic and traditional public schools with students experiencing social, emotional, and/or learning challenges. Sarah taught 6-12th grade and held positions including; teacher, behavior specialist, director of academic support, learning specialist and college counselor. She specializes in school psychology, parent education and coaching children and teens with ADHD. Sarah is an educator at a local New Hampshire public school and is a co-owner/practitioner at Beacon Coaching & Consulting. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and is a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study candidate.