Use of Forums and Social Media

A Clinician's Use of Online Forums and Social Media to Provide Support and Healing

This course addresses the current trend of help-seeking and the clinician’s potential role.  You will see the value of accommodating clients’ online social media interests. Even if you are not interested in offering services, you will understand how to have relevant discussions about this trend with clients. For example, you will learn how your clients’ engagement with informal online resources may help or hurt their counseling relationship.

This course covers:

  • How and why to get started with a social media wellness platform.
  • Ethical issues and guidelines of the social media platforms for wellness.
  • Building a brand,  building a practice, or living your purpose - Know your priority. 
Dr. Rosenna Bakari Headshot

Rosenna Bakari
Ph.D.

Dr. Rosenna Bakari, a Philadelphia native, is an empowerment expert psychologist. Her professional background varies from working as a drug recovery counselor to training preservice teachers and counselors. In 2010, she founded Talking Trees, Inc., the only international organization that focuses exclusively on empowering adults who experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18. She developed the Living Openly Model of Advocacy and Support based on her work with survivors worldwide. In a world that requires survivors’ silence, the model supports survivors who choose to heal by living openly. 

One of Dr. Bakari’s goals is to support the shift of psychology from a focus on mental illness to mental wellness and break down barriers to wellness resources. As an empowerment coach, she works with clients worldwide using online one-on-one and group platforms to support life changes, help resolve trauma, and reset healthy life narratives. She bases her practice on her 8-week empowerment curriculum that restructures power in the help-seeking relationship.

Dr. Bakari graduated from Cornell University in 1984 and went on to earn her Master’s degree from SUNY at the age of 22. She later earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Her most recent professional presentation was for the 2021 American Counseling Association Conference, where she presented on Online Advocacy.

In addition to her professional endeavors, she promotes mental wellness through transformational poetry. This year, she also published her sixth book related to empowerment. Her latest book, The Healing Journey: Relationships Health and Wellness, is a radical new book on healing intended to meet people where they are on their healing journey with such topics as “How to heal childhood trauma without forgiving the person who caused it.”