Social Media & Mental Health

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Social Media & Mental Health

This workshop will focus on helping clients and professionals deal with the impact – and potential – of social media.

The workshop will be led by Professor Patrick McGhee. Patrick has a verified account on twitter and is a qualified CBT therapist, fully accredited by the BABCP and an Associate Fellow with the BPS (British Psychological Society). His use of twitter has been highlighted in magazine articles and national listings. He has lectured widely and is a regular TEDx speaker.

Social media use and abuse is ubiquitous and is not going away. Smartphones are with us everywhere and social media content is generated 24/7. The majority of users of psychological services use social media, and often the dynamics of their distress is played out online. Does social media increase depression or anxiety? What is the evidence – or is this just Luddite hysteria? If so, how can we address the impact of social media on young people? Is ‘addiction’ to social media possible? Can social media be a force for good if properly managed? In a recent 2018 study 41 per cent of young people stated both that social media platforms make them feel anxious, sad or depressed – and that they rated social media highly as a potential method for providing mental health support. How effective can such approaches be?

Using case studies and validated assessment tools, this workshop will look at the practical challenges of helping those struggling with social media and consider how they can be helped in the context of professional practice in therapy, education and healthcare settings. The workshop will provide a set of practical resources and techniques for participants to use in their everyday life and professional practice.

The key questions this workshop will address are:

  1. What is the impact of social media on depression and anxiety?
  2. What is ‘Social Media Anxiety Disorder’?
  3. How can we measure ‘Social Media Disorder’?
  4. What can therapists do with clients bullied online?
  5. How can social media be used as a therapeutic tool? What is the evidence?
  6. How should therapists use social media – what are the boundaries?
  7. Looking forward – what practical steps can be taken?


This will be a participatory workshop with several activities for delegates to try. This will include:

  1. In-Room Audience Response System (Mentimeter) discussion on attitudes on the use of social media
  2. Case Studies for a discussion
  3. Real-time engagement with social media.
  4. Examination of online resources in real-time

We aim to keep numbers small to ensure full participation. Places for this event will be limited to 20. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided throughout the event. The location will be confirmed nearer the date of the event.

Comments from previous participants in this workshop

“I feel that I’m leaving with a better understanding of how social media may impact clients and resources on how to work with them.”

“Helpful and thought-provoking”

“Very enjoyable. Liked the visual presentation and the practical exercises. Very inclusive and engaging”.

“Delivery and content was fantastic”

“The session was really insightful and well structured. Definitely met my reason for coming along. The interactive parts were really good and showed the variety in the room. Overall amazing and kept on the topic”.

“I originally did not understand why social media causes so much anxiety. This has allowed me to understand my clients more and I’m able to apply techniques to help them engage with therapy”.

“Really interesting and helpful session. Improved my understanding of the negative and positive impact of social media. Also helpful about how I can support individuals who have problems /addictions with social media. Interactive elements of the course were great”.

“Really engaging delivery of the session. So knowledgeable and the interactive nature was a great feature. Really enjoyed the day”.

Other Information

Location of the event is indicative and will be confirmed nearer the date of the event. Practical CBT reserve the right to cancel an event. In those circumstances, a full refund will be given minus the Eventbrite administration fee. Practical CBT cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred in attending a cancelled event such as, but not limited to, travel or accommodation expenses. No refunds are payable where the delegate cancels less than 30 days prior to the event for any reason. Free coffee and water will be available throughout the day, but lunch is not provided.

October 10 2020


Date: October 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: £49.10 – £59.88
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