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Social Media and Mental Health in Teenagers
September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
In today’s digital age, social media plays a crucial role in teenagers’ lives, raising new concerns for parents. As we recognize the enduring presence of social media, it becomes vital to empower parents with the knowledge and tools to navigate this digital landscape effectively. Throughout the presentation, we will explore the importance of acting as a positive digital role model, fostering meaningful connections, and promoting self-worth and self-esteem in teenagers— all of which help mitigate potential mental health risks associated with social media use. By adopting a proactive approach and encouraging constructive dialogues, parents can collaboratively engage with their teens, promoting responsible social media consumption and supporting their overall well-being.
About the speaker:
Rachel M. Feldman is a New York and New Jersey-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and ADHD Certified Clinical Service Provider (ADHD-CCSP). Rachel provides neuro-affirming bilingual (Spanish) psychotherapy with a specialization in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. She also is a member of the volunteer advisory board for Bergen County’s local chapter of Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD).
Rachel earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW) and had the unique opportunity to have three internships over the two years of schooling. She first interned at Yachad as a vocational counselor wherein she supported individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities at various worksites. Second, she interned at The Moriah School as a classroom assistant providing therapy and behavior interventions for children. Lastly, she interned at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit where she conducted psychosocial evaluations, coordinated discharges, created and ran a caregivers support group, and provided Teletherapy and in-person psychotherapy for veterans and their caregivers.
During and after graduate school, Rachel used her extensive background as an equestrian to become a PATH Certified horseback riding instructor for children with disabilities at Flying Manes.
Rachel began working at YAI Center for Specialty Therapy as a bilingual psychotherapist in 2016. While working at YAI, she decided to simultaneously pursue certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in addition to her full-time position at YAI. She graduated from Hunter College in January 2023 with an Advanced Certificate in ABA. Her scientific understanding of behavior has allowed her to help others understand behavior functions, what maintains the behavior, and how to address them strategically.
Rachel is passionate about supporting clients and uses a creative approach to cater to support clients. She firmly believes in the inherent potential within each individual to live their best life, recognizing that the key to unlocking this potential lies in understanding their unique needs.