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    Hattie Beola Postell

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    The George-Anne Inkwell Edition

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    The George-Anne Daily

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    Midweek Memo

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    Porter Mary

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    Dorothy Lee

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    Psychotherapist Awareness and Competence Managing Social Media Concerns

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    Social media use increased substantially in recent years, spurring the growth of research focused on its association with mental health. Previous research examined the relationship between positive and negative aspects of mental health and social media use. Other studies explored the relevance of social media to professional practice of psychologists including the use of social media to reach populations with limited access to mental health services and ethical dilemmas arising from social media use; however, there is limited understanding of the pertinence of social media to concerns that clients discuss in therapy and therapist competence in handling these discussions. The purpose of the current study was to explore therapists’ ethical decisions and clinical judgments, as well as to examine factors like therapist age and personal experience using social media. 122 mental health professionals and trainees completed a survey with four vignettes of social media-related ethical and clinical situations (searching client social media, sharing personal views on social media, responding to client being cyberbullied, responding to client getting unhealthy dieting advice on social media), as well as questionnaires examining their self-reported experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and skills about social media and experience talking with clients about social media. Results revealed that social media use was common in the sample, and there was a negative correlation between participant age and level of social media use and knowledge about social media. In addition, findings showed divergence of participants’ ethical decision-making from professional guidelines, with participants’ choosing responses that were more cautious than guidelines. Also, vignette responses about whether to search a client’s social media were more cautious than participants’ own self-reported actual behavior, and findings revealed differences in participants’ searching behaviors based on their level of social media use. Several items assessing participants’ social media experiences, beliefs, knowledge and skills were related to vignette responses about sharing advocacy content and incorporating social media in therapy activities. Results with clinical vignettes overall showed willingness to discuss social media with clients. These findings contribute to an underdeveloped research area and inform ethical and clinical education and training regarding social media

    Emma Sanders

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    Social Support in Black Individuals: The Moderating Effects on the Relationship Between Resilience and Well-Being

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    Black individuals possess numerous strengths and positive contributions that build strong communities and cultivate psychological well-being (Biglan et al., 2012). However, much of the current literature focuses on hardships Black individuals face, skewing the larger discourse of their lived experience. This exclusive focus on adversity often neglects pathways by which Black people thrive and flourish. It is important to consider how Black experiences relate to a sense of well-being. Resilience, or the ability to “bounce back” from adverse experiences is linked well-being outcomes (APA, 2012). However, it is unknown whether the promotive effects of resilience directly contribute to well-being outcomes or are funneled through the effects social support dimensions (e.g., friends, family, significant other) in Black individuals. The study answered the following questions: (a) do reports of resilience, social support, and well-being vary by rural vs. urban Black groups? (b) is there a positive relationship between resilience and well-being in a sample of Black adults? (c) are dimensions of social support positively related to resilience and well-being scores in a sample of Black adults? (d) does the relationship between resilience and well-being vary as a function of social support dimensions? The study utilized a cross-sectional, correlational design and participants completed an online survey related to their experiences with resilience, social support, and well-being. Data were collected from a sample of 428 Black individuals. Main and interaction effects for gender and rurality were examined on the study’s main variables. Results indicate Black men report higher levels of friend and significant other social support compared to Black women, whereas Black women report higher levels of well-being compared to Black men. Additionally, Black individuals in rural areas report higher levels of resilience and well-being when compared to Black individuals in non-rural areas. Moderated models revealed friend social support moderated the relationship between resilience and well-being. Specifically, the relationship between resilience and well-being strengthens when friend social support is high. However, it is important that future research identifies the specific types of support (e.g., physical, cognitive, emotional) friends provide to determine the most effective methods of strengthening resilience efforts and higher levels of well-being

    Ida Polk

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