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When You Can’t Live Without It: Identifying Dangers and Setting Boundaries for Social Media


Social media pervades the lives of teens and young adults, making it impractical to give up, even as it causes harm and distress. As clients look to social media to provide social connection, meaning, and a remedy for boredom, they can become susceptible to depression or a sense of meaninglessness.

This session will describe the benefits and dangers of social media, including specific risks exacerbated during COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as other dangers around bullying, sharing personal photos, and disconnection. Attendees will learn approaches to talking to clients about their experience with social media and techniques to help them define healthy boundaries.

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

  1. Identify three popular social media platforms, the appeal of each to clients, and potential hazards with each. 
  2. Explain two techniques for starting conversations about social media. 
  3. Describe two strategies for creating healthy boundaries on internet and social media usage. 
  4. Discuss approaches to involving parents in conversations about the impact of social media.


  • Lucy Bramwell, LMFT

    Lucy Bramwell, LMFT, is Clinical Director at Paradigm Treatment, a center for teens and young adults, where she leads clinical treatment directives, programs, and services. Lucy has worked extensively with young adults in private practice, treated children and teens with emotional and behavioral needs in schools, and has comprehensive experience as a behavior interventionist working with teens with developmental and mental health disorders, and substance dependency. She integrates the practical components of cognitive-behavioral approaches with gentle mindfulness, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. Lucy received an MS in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health at California State University, Fullerton.

May 15, 2021
Sat 10:10 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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