Indiana Psychological Association - Event Information

Event Name:August IPA Webinar: The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
Event Type(s):CE Events
Description:IPA 2021 Webinar Series
1.0 Hour of Category I CE credit

Friday, August 20th, 2021 at Noon

Registrants will receive further information for participating via Zoom Webinar for the presentation.

The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
Since 2005, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in children and adolescents has risen by at least 50%, with the sharpest increase after 2011 (Twenge, 2019).  One contributing factor is social media.  Heavy social media use is associated with worse mental health, less sleep, worse work performance, the neglect of "real life" relationships, and less satisfaction with life, overall.  According to Facebook and Instagram CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the mission of social media is to "connect with more people."  Indeed, in some instances, social media use is beneficial, such as marshalling political engagement or discovering an online support group that wouldn't exist in person (e.g., Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ, rare health conditions, etc.).  It is no secret, however, that the actual mission is to increase corporate profits by making social media "addictive."  In a worldwide study, young adults who attempted to go 24 hours without their smartphones decidedly "couldn’t live without it"; 1 in 3 said that they would rather give up sex than their smartphones (ICMPA, 2010).  Clearly, the major social media platforms pose a serious threat to the mental health of today's youth (Deibert, 2019).  This webinar offers a novel understanding of social media platforms by showing how they are similar to how cults exert undue influence over members (Hassan, 2020).  This webinar also provides tools to distinguish between non-compulsive and compulsive social media use (Hall et al., 2021), and how treat compulsive social media use as a part of treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.

Learning Objectives
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1.    Describe how social media negatively affects mental health.
2.    List 5 signs of social media distress.
3.    Describe how dominant social media platforms are designed to exert undue influence.
4.    Apply assessment of problematic social media use in clinical practice.
5.    Utilize therapeutic strategies to break free from compulsive social media use.

Presenter Bio: Kristine Chapleau, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Chapleau is a clinical psychologist at Neuropsychology Associates where she provides individual psychotherapy for adults. Previously, she was an assistant professor at IU School of Medicine, where she also received generalist training during her internship and post-doctoral fellowship.  Dr. Chapleau has experience treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety & mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, as well as relationship issues.  She also brings an awareness of how larger social forces affect mental health and one's identity.  Prior to her clinical training, she studied how implicit stereotypes about African-American men predict criminal sentencing, and how positive stereotypes about men predict greater blame toward female rape victims.

Dr. Kristine Chapleau

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Chapleau and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email withing two weeks post-event. 
Registration Fees

IPA New, Premier, Platinum, Emeritus-Practicing, and Student Members - $0
IPA Basic, Emeritus-Retired Members, and Affiliate Members - $15
Non-Members - Psychologists and Other Professionals $30
*If a non-member Student seeking to attend, please either join IPA (free membership with "sponsorship" by an IPA Academic Member or, if outside the state of Indiana, please contact

Registration will close on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.
Event Date:8/20/2021
Event Time:12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern
Location:Live Webinar
Contact Person:Connie Vore
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