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Counseling from the Cutting Edge: 

Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Social Media
Consumed Youth

Workshop Information

Online Live Webinar: Real-Time, Interactive Training

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.

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Date: Friday, August 5, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am Eastern Time – Workshop: 8:45am-4:00pm ET

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive Webinar via Zoom – Category I CE Credits for Maryland Social Workers (same as in-person!)

Cost (includes 6.0 CE Credits):

$129 early registration through July 29

$145 after July 29, 2022

$110 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more (Click HERE to register a group)

Registration: Registration closes 1 hour prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below to visit the Group Registration Page for groups of 3+) or by Mail.

Presenter: Adele Martelle, LCSW, LCTP

CE Credits: 6.0 Live Interactive Online CE Credits
Valid for: 

  • Maryland CEU Institute is an approved provider through the ASWB ACE approved provider program.

  • Maryland Social Work Category I CE Credits (same as in-person)

  • DC Social Work CE Credits 


See below for credit & state acceptance details

Adele Martelle, LCSW, LCTP

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Adele holds a Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in mental health treatment, from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Virginia. Adele has extensive history, and the honor, of working with unique populations to include trauma survivors, the incarcerated, the LGBTQ+ community, the oncology community, and couples with intimacy challenges. She is a sought after public speaker and writer on topics such as trauma, attachment, intimacy, and mindfulness. She attempts to meet others where they are and journey with them as they recognize their own potential. She is a brain science nerd and whole-person healing enthusiast.


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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Formulate their own T.E.A model treatment plan when working with youth that self-injure. Subsequently, resulting in decreased risk of re-traumatization and increased healthy support system

  2. Differentiate and describe the connection between perceived and experienced trauma

  3. Demonstrate implementation of trauma-informed techniques to strengthen counseling rapport and decrease reliance on self-harming behavior

  4. Identify the safe usefulness of social media in their treatment of self-injurious behavior

  5. Assess and examine youth’s involvement in social media while expanding their support beyond media forums



Maryland CEU Institute, #1816, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Maryland CEU Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.


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  • New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences (see more information under Maryland Social Work Accreditation)

  • New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

  • *West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.


6.0 Category I Maryland Social Work CE Credits

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.

MD Social Work Credits are also accepted for: 
Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
Maryland Licensed Psychologists
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Maryland Addictions Counselors

Maryland CEU Institute are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.

*New Jersey regulations state that credits are accepted for attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance. Additional information can be found here. Chapter 13:44G-6.4 C11


PLEASE NOTE: Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit. We strongly suggest that licensees contact their individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at or complete our Contact Us form. 



Course Interaction & System Requirements: 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Minimum System requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • A computer or device to watch AND listen to the training as well as type questions or responses into the Zoom chat function (view full list of compatible devices and supported operating systems

Strongly Recommended: 

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:

​View the FULL LIST of compatible operating systems and system requirements.

Course Completion Requirements:

To earn CE Credit attendees must fulfill the following:

  1. Login to the training (Zoom) on time and ensure that you first and last name are showing in Zoom (message staff if unsure or need help).

  2. Complete a separate Virtual Sign-In Sheet by training start time (link provided in Zoom).

  3. Attend training in full and participate.

  4. Complete separate Virtual Sign-Out Sheet/Evaluation at conclusion (link provided in Zoom with 15 minute timeframe to begin or complete eval).


If all of the above criteria are met your CE certificate will be emailed to you within 7 days of training completion. If above criteria are not yet you may have credits deducted or may be unable to receive any credits. See Terms of Service for full details.

Refund and Cancellations:
To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

Please email or submit a Contact form to request an accommodation at least 30 days prior to the training you wish to attend.

Complaints or Grievances: 
All complaints or concerns must be submitted in writing by:

Submitting a Contact Form

Emailing concerns to

An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.