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Teens, Sex and Social Media

  • 11/17/2017
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Childrens Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426
The Age of Impuls

So much information.  So many platforms.  So fast the exchanges.  We live in a time as miraculous as that which gave us the printing press.  Only exponentially different in remarkable ways.  Social media is becoming the most important source and medium for connecting people and supporting the exchange of ideas and culture.  Everyone's carrying a smart phone.  Everyone's checking for new information, surfing the web and peering into the virtual world at their fingertips.  Watch a group of teens at the mall, and it's not uncommon to see them texting each other from just feet away.  What great fun!  Want to connect?  Click.  Instant joy.  It's a blur.

Adolescence:  Emerging Adults at Risk

People Magazine, recently commented on Nancy Jo Sales powerful book "American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers".  Ms Sales based her book on interviews with hundreds of teens from 13 to 19 nationwide.  Seeking to illuminate how the internet is shaping and affecting the social and sexual lives of teens, this exploration of the hypersexualized, social-media-ruled world girls grow up in today is eye-opening and sobering." —People  There are new norms and rules and codes of behavior, some deeply disturbing.

In other words, it's not all good.  You'd have to be a Luddite to ignore the great benefit of such a connected teen realm, but there are problems and major cultural forces at work that require our attention. As professional clinicians working with families and teens, it's critical that we be informed and up-to-date.

Two Veteran Clinicians

Denny Cecil-Van Den Heuvel, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, NCC (photo on left)

Dr. Denny Cecil-Van Den Heuvel (also known as Dr. Denny) received her Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991.  She attained her licensed in North Carolina and continues to hold that license.  She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a minor in Psychology at North Carolina State University.  While in North Carolina, Dr. Cecil-Van Den Heuvel along with her colleagues founded a state association, License Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina and promoted legislative ground work for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCANC). Currently, LPCANC  has over 1400 members and is under the umbrella of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Denny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in the state of Florida.  Dr. Denny has served as President of the Mental Health Counseling Association of Palm Beach County for two years and is also Past-President of the Florida Mental Health Association.   She holds memberships with American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Mental Health Counselors.  Dr. Denny is currently a board member of the 491 Florida Licensure Board.

Dr. Denny is the Program Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Masters Level CACREP accredited Program at South University in Royal Palm Beach, FL.   She has a part time private practice where she enjoys direct client interaction. She specializes in treatment of adolescents and their families. She treats trauma, anxiety, and addiction with EMDR and Brainspotting.   Dr. Denny has 25 years of experience with a broad range of clinical skills with children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Erinn Beck, M.S., LMHC  (photo on right)

Erinn Beck is a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice located in downtown Delray Beach.  She works with individuals, couples and families with a focus on working with adolescents. For counseling style she borrows from several empirically validated treatments, such as Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Erinn holds a BS in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a MS of Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Erinn is an active member of her community and has presented to general audiences speaking on the topics of the teenage brain, healthy teenage dating relationships, mental health awareness, anxiety and eating disorders. She has a genuine desire to motivate, guide and empower young people. Her volunteer and work experience demonstrates a commitment to the social, emotional and mental health needs of the community. Her unique experience includes working as an Infant Development Lab Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University and serving as Faculty Advisor for the Golden Key National Honour Society. Her work experience includes serving as a counselor at Palm Beach Atlantic University Counseling Center, Christ Fellowship Church and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She serves on the board of Auroras Voice, a Delray Beach nonprofit devoted to continuing the works Gandhi and Martin Luther King.  Erinn also currently serves as the Vice President of the Mental Health Counselors Association of Palm Beach County.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Social Media Forums and Terminology, Social Media Origins, and Its Use by Adolescents
  • Review the Use of Social Media and Its Affect on our Youth
  • Understand the Cultural Norms and Generational Differences and Social Media
  • Identify the Dysfunction Adolescents Suffer from Social Media Sites
  • Process Distress Tolerance and Resiliency with Those Impacted by Social Media
  • Demonstrate the Use of Clinical Skills in Coaching Clients and Families
  • Practice Managing Social Media and Boundary Setting
  • Explore Self-Awareness with Social Media as a Clinician
  • Apply Ethics and Laws with Addressing Social Media Clinical Issues


Children's Services Council

2300 High Ridge Road

Boynton Beach, FL 33426
The Children's Services Council’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and their families and enable them to attain their full potential by providing a unified context within which children’s needs can be identified and resolved by all members of the community. To achieve this, the Council plans, develops, funds, and evaluates programs and promotes public policies which benefit Palm Beach County’s children and families.  We are grateful for their generous hospitality in providing our meeting room for this event.



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