Counseling from the Cutting Edge: 

Treating Self-Injurious
Behavior in Social Media Consumed Youth

The overwhelming presence of youth engaging in self-injurious behavior can leave todays’ therapist feeling perplexed and inadequate. This workshop challenges the attendee to adapt a new understanding of the behavior through the lens of trauma. It explores how the developing brain of an adolescent has the potential to perceive the world, complicated by social media, as traumatic. Self-Injurious behavior can be a response to navigating the novel relationship with their prefrontal cortex and the pressure for social acceptance versus autonomy.

A trauma-informed approach to treating self-injury is explored with the introduction of the T.E.A. Model (which stands for Together/Transform, Educate/Empower Accept/Autonomy). When competing with day-long social media exposure, a fifty-minute session can seem insufficient. The T.E.A Model guides the therapist to optimize session time by helping clients make sense of their behavior, respond therapeutically, and create opportunities for change while decreasing the risk for future trauma experiences. Lastly, the T.E.A model incorporates how the value of a sound mind and self-control helps to shape a youth’s identity in more powerful and rewarding ways then social media .


Date: Friday, February 26, 2021

Time: Sign In: 8:30am EST – Training: 9:00am EST-4:00pm EST

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time, Interactive Course – Receive Category I Social Work Credits (Same as in-person!)

Cost: $129 early registration through  Feb 19

   $145 after Feb 19, 2021

  $110 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Adele Martelle, LCSW-C

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs – See below for more details.


Adele Martelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She has a Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in mental health treatment, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Southern Maine. Adele has extensive history working with unique populations to include trauma survivors, the incarcerated, and couples seeking reconciliation. She is a public speaker and writer on topics such as trauma, attachment, intimacy, and mindfulness. Adele seeks to be creative in her practice and speaking engagements by sharing practical examples and tangible skills to utilize. She attempts to meet other’s where they are and journey with them as they recognize their own potential. Adele strongly believes an important part of her job is to help people heal and empower them to have a healthy relationships with others, themselves, and the Divine. Adele and her family are activists for marginalized groups and volunteer with a local non-profit organization. In 2017 she and her husband founded Second Mile Marriage an event based organization that utilizes multi media experiences to help couples go beyond common communication skills and develop radical intimacy. 



CEU Credit Info

Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
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Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


1) Attendees will be able to devise their own T.E.A model treatment plan when working with youth that self-injure resulting in decreased risk of retraumatization and increased healthy support system. 

2) Attendees will be able to articulate the connection between perceived and experienced trauma and respond with trauma-informed techniques to
strengthen counseling rapport. 

3) Attendees will be able to identify the usefulness of social media in their treatment of self-injurious behavior and explore strategies for utilizing the youth’s involvement while expanding their support beyond media forums. 

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