Social Work Practice Symposium: Cyberbullying and Social Media - Implications for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Cyberbullying and Social Media: Implications for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

— Offered by University of Arkansas School of Social Work —

Cyberbullying and Social Media misuse are growing problems for social work clients and their families. Our fall practice symposium will feature speakers who will offer pertinent definitions, warning signs, and an in-depth look at how these issues affect mental health and substance abuse among the people who social work serves. Plan to join us in person or virtually for this 6-hour event or if your time is short, please choose either the morning or afternoon session to increase your knowledge on these topics.


Upon completion of this symposium, participants will:

  • Define cyberbullying and recognize warning signs that someone is being cyberbullied.
  • Discuss the link between depression and social media usage and educate clients about risks of social media misuse.
  • Practice effective interventions with clients who experience cyberbullying or social media misuse.
  • Describe the connection between social media misuse and substance use disorders, recognize triggers and discuss solutions with clients.

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Two Sessions Available

$30 / session

$55 both sessions

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Discount must be taken at time of registration. No 10% off refunds given after registration.

3 professional development hours per session

Morning Session

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Cyberbullying – What Social Workers Need to Know

This session will address the basics about Cyberbullying including definitions, causes, effects, warning signs and what police can do to help.

Presenters from the Fayetteville Police Department:

  • Corporal Greg Dawson
  • Officer Natalie Eucce
  • Corporal Johnny Foster
  • Sergeant Tony Murphy



This session will highlight Dean Primack’s research on social media and depression with an emphasis on information that social workers can use in practice.


  • Dr. Brian Primack
    Dean, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions

Afternoon Session

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Working with Clients affected by Cyberbullying and Misuse of Social Media

This session will provide interventions and best practices for working with clients affected by cyberbullying or misuse of social media.


  • Haleigh Trotter, LCSW



The Connection between Cyberbullying, Misuse of Social Media, and Substance Use  

This session will highlight the connection between social media issues and substance use disorders.


  • Whitney Payne, LCSW, AADC
    Professor, University of Arkansas School of Social Work