Working with Youth in a Digital World: Youth, Technology, Social Media, and Mental Health

Professionals working with youth are invited to join us as we team up with 

Professionals working with youth are invited to join us as we team up with Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor, Ryan Klingensmith. Ryan is the founder of Shape the Sky, an organization dedicated to Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones. Shape the Sky provides the community with the tools needed to raise digitally responsible citizens. The goal of this training session is to help adults educate and provide guidance for youth to create a digitally responsible culture among today’s digital youth.

Online Training for Licensed Counselors and Social Workers (6 NBCC credit hours)

Credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFTA. In order to receive credit, participants must be present for the entire session, complete an electronic signature and complete an evaluation survey. Confirmation of attendance is reviewed by Shape The Sky, LLC,  who will issue the NBCC credit hour certificate.


$180 per person. Once online registration is complete and payment is made, the attendee will receive a Zoom meeting link for the date of the virtual training. After the virtual training is complete, participants will receive an electronic survey and electronic signature form to complete to verify attendance.


Life for a teenager is vastly different than it was ten years ago. Teens, tweens and children today have an unlimited access to information, apps and websites
that can be wonderfully helpful, but also lead to concerning exposure and behaviors.  Counselors need the most updated knowledge about the technologies available to our youth and ways the technology is used so they can provide up-to-date counseling in the current digital climate.

Learning Goals:

Participants will learn about youth culture via technology and social media.

  1. Participants will be able to identify how youth explore and share information about mental health through technology and social media.
  2. Participants will learn what resources are available to use with youth and parents when discussing mental health in a digital age.
  3. Participants will use an assessment tool to identify social media and technology issues in counseling
  4. Participants will learn to develop treatment plan goals and objectives related to the social media assessment indicators.
  5. Participants will identify therapy techniques to assist clients and families to develop insight into healthy and safe social media

Learning Topics

  • How the world has changed working with youth
  • Why kids don’t talk to adults about technology
  • Understanding current youth culture
  • Accessing the Dark Web through apps and web browsers
  • Online grooming
  • Age restrictions
  • Cyberbullying resources
  • Fake text messages
  • Deepfakes
  • Deepnudes
  • “Parasite” websites
  • Common mistakes
  • Sharing private information & identity theft
  • Hidden photo vaults
  • Social media and drugs
  • Self Promotion sites (Onlyfans)
  • Using apps for payment
  • Internet “challenges” (Momo)
  • Mental health concerns such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide
  • Suicide prevention resources
  • 13 Reasons Why Netflix series
  • Digital Dating & Abuse
  • “Reels” & “Spotlight”
  • “Dating” apps for youth
  • “Sugar Daddy” apps
  • Untraceable texting
  • “Anonymous” apps
  • How to start the conversation
  • Prevention steps
  • Monitoring services
  • Using a Technology Contract
  • How to set expectations
  • When to monitor a device
  • Access to online resources

Apps Discussed in the Training

Depending on the current trends, the presentation may review popular apps such as:

  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Confide
  • YOLO
  • TikTok
  • Hoop
  • Wink
  • Hidden Photo Vaults
  • Yubo
  • Cash App
  • Tor
  • VSCO

About Ryan

Ryan Klingensmith began his career in 1994, working for an inpatient psychiatric hospital with teens diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Mr. Klingensmith has worked in group homes, Residential Treatment Facilities, and youth shelters. In 2010, Mr. Klingensmith started providing outpatient mental health therapy for youth. He also began working in Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) in middle and high schools, helping to identify at-risk students and provide them with mental health and drug/alcohol prevention referral services. In his work, Mr. Klingensmith began classroom prevention presentations regarding youth social media culture and saw the positive effect on students, both in private practice and within schools. Currently, he provides Educational Mentoring for a school district working with students K-12. He also provides social media training for parents, counselors, educators, community groups, law enforcement, and any other adults helping to shape the lives of youth.


Shape The Sky, LLC is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)

Shape the Sky, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7073. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Shape the Sky, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Click on a link below to register and make payment for an upcoming training. These sessions are for licensed professionals only. After completely the registration process, you will receive an email containing the virtual meeting information.

Click on a link below to register and make payment for an upcoming CEU training. These sessions are for licensed professionals in Pennsylvania only. After completely the registration process, you will receive an email containing the virtual meeting information.

Upcoming NBCC Trainings

August 3, 20219am-4pm ESTFull Day Virtual NBCC Training for LSW / LCSW / LPC / LMFTA only.
$180 per person. This price includes the cost of the CEUs (6 hours).
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Limited to the first 30 registrants!


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