(WEBINAR) Connected But Not…The Complicated Lives of Teens Today


CE Type: SW, IACET, APA                # of CE's: 3.0 CE's      0.3 IACET CE's


About This Course

Two out of every three teens have a smart phone, and the average age for getting a first phone is now nine years old. Kids are more connected than ever, and those connections have changed how our youth connect. With a full thirty-five percent of teens preferring digital communications with their peers instead of in-person connections, there has been a real decline in the face-to-face social interactions. At the same time, there has been a sharp rise in mental health issues among our youth. Many of our kids are lonelier, less satisfied and less happy with their lives than ever before. How to make the way forward in our deeply connected but unconnected world is key to their health and welfare. This workshop will examine exactly how our youth connect, the rise in mental health issues among youth, current trends in social media and how to help youth flourish in person-to-person connections and relationships.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will examine the increase in mental health issues among youth.
  2. Attendees will gain an understanding of the trends in digital communications impacting youth.
  3. Attendees will review the variety of online communities youth participate in.
  4. Participants will learn how to facilitate the building of connections among youth, both person-to-person and in the digital world.


Intended Audience: 

Educators, school staff, & behavioral health provider agency staff


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.


Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. 
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program.
(0.3 CEU = 3.0 Training Hours)

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3.0 CE credit hours for Psychologists awarded.  BHTEN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  BHTEN maintains responsibility for this program and its content


Behavioral Health Training and Education Network BHTEN, #1779, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards have the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/22/22-9/22/25. Social workers completing this course receive 3.0 General continuing education credits.

Course Instructors

May 24, 2023

Deborah McCoy

Education Consultant and Trainer

As an Education Consultant and Trainer, Deborah has provided in-depth bullying and sexual harassment, cyber-bullying, and youth & social media workshops and seminars. She has worked for 35 years in the fields of education and training, focusing on bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, threat assessment and school climate and safety. Deborah previously worked for the PA Department of Education, in the Division of Safe & Drug-Free Schools as a Regional Coordinator, providing guidance and assistance to Student Assistance Programs in the eastern part of the state.