Friday, August 18, 2023- 9am to 3pm -Fellowship Church Knoxville 

Seminar Pricing Options

Options are Available for both approved continuing education (CE) or not. For Larger Groups (5+) and/or Scholarship Rated Attendance Rate, see button below

*5 CE hours for behavioral health professionals are available

About this Seminar

Join us for what we hope is a dynamic, practical, and insightful seminar/course. Social Media & Youth Identity Development is meant for pastors, youth workers, counselors, parents, teachers, and those who are passionate about the welfare of young people in our communities and wider society, will delve into the intricate relationship between social media, technology, and the formation of youth identity.

In the rapidly changing digital age, understanding the generational contexts of Millennials and Gen Z becomes increasingly crucial. Social media and technology are integral elements of their lives, impacting identity formation in both visible and subtle ways.

This seminar will explore three key areas of problematic identity formation:

  • Anxiety and Distress Intolerance

  • Addiction (both substance and behavioral)

  • Social Displacement (the breakdown in friendships, family relationships, and romantic commitment/satisfaction)

In response, we will present 3 formational solutions, with a focus on practical implementation:

  • Building Distress Tolerance and Anti-Fragility

  • Fostering Contentment

  • Building and Sustaining Relationships and Social Belonging through the Dynamics of Initiation, Rituals, and Habits

Our goal is not just to identify problems but to equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to effect positive change in context of ministry, counseling, and family life. The seminar will conclude with actionable steps and a range of resources for you to apply within your context.

For professionals attending this seminar, you will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. Identify 3 or more of the unique characteristics and challenges of Millennials and Gen Z in the context of social media and technology.
  2. To describe the key problem areas of anxiety/distress intolerance, addiction, and social displacement as they relate to youth identity development.
  3. Implement practical strategies to build distress tolerance and anti-fragility, foster contentment, and build sustainable relationships among young people.
  4. Apply the principles of Initiation, Rituals, and Habits in fostering social belonging in young people.
  5. Obtain resources and strategies to address youth identity development issues in your context.

We invite you to be a part of this transformative event. Equip yourself with the tools to positively impact the lives of the young people in your community, paving the way for a healthier and spiritually richer future. Register today!


*Continuing Education (CE): 

*5.0 clock hours of continuing education (CE) is available for Tennessee LPC-MHSPs, LMFT, LCSWs, and Psychologists (see below for more details)

Date & Time

Friday, August 18, 2023- 9am to 3pm (hour lunch break)


Fellowship Church Knoxville (8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909)- Student Worship Center


Standard Attendance (includes CE certificate)- $85

Non-CE Attendance- $45

For Larger Groups (5+) and/or Scholarship Rated Attendance Rate- See Form Here

Seminar Instructor

S. David Hall, PsyD

Dr. Stephen "David" Hall (PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST) is an applied psychologist, teacher, and a licensed counselor/psychotherapist, who serves as the Dean of Negev Institute. 

Dr. Hall is licensed as both a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, and works as the clinic director of Haven Counseling Center (Knoxville, TN) and teaches as one of the primary instructors and Education Director for the behavioral health professional development collaborative, PsychMaven 

Dr. Hall has engaged significantly in research and clinical practice around areas of youth development and the dynamics of social media technology; and has led trainings on the subject throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hall as deep passion to help equip the counselors, teachers, parents, pastors, and youth worker in addressing this topic well. 

David has been married to fellow therapist, Brandy, since 2008. They make their home in Knoxville, Tennessee where David was raised; and they enjoy spending their time with family and friends. They have worshiped and served as a part of the community of Apostles Anglican Church (ACNA) in Knoxville since 2008.

Course curriculum

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Host Location

Fellowship Church Knoxville

8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909 (click for directions) 

Course will be held in Student Worship Center (800), Located at the Southeast Entrance of the Church Campus (see campus map here)

Fellowship Church Knoxville is an autonomous local gathering of the church of Jesus Christ affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America denomination

Continuing Education for Course

*Continuing Education (CE) for this program is being offered through event co-sponsorship with PsychMaven, under PsychMaven's Approved Provider Status to offer continuing education under The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (#50-35008- Exp. 03/31/2025) This course is approved for five (5) clock hours of continuing education (CE). The CE approval of this composite behavioral health licensing board is understood to meet continuing education standards for those licensed in Tennessee as

For further information about continuing education requirements for mental health professionals in other states, see PsychMaven's CE guide here.

However, it remains the responsibility of each student/attendee of this program to verify with their state boards and/or national certifiers whether continuing education clock hours earned through this program meets the continuing education requirements for their licenses and certifications. Neither the Negev Institute nor PsychMaven shall assume responsibility as to the acceptance of continuing education hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When is the seminar?

    The seminar will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023. And it will run from 9am to 3pm, with an hour for lunch in the middle

  • Where will the seminar be held?

    At Fellowship Church Knoxville in the Student Worship Center (8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909)

  • Who should come to this training.

    This seminar has been designed for those who work in mental health, education, and/or ministry, but it is open to anyone who would like learning and equipping on this topic

  • Is this a Christian event?

    The Negev Institute is focused on providing resources to Christian communities and we are very motivated from a place of faith for the work that we do. Discussion about Christian formation will be a part of this training. However, anyone is welcomed to join us for this program

Seminar Pricing Options

Options are Available for both approved continuing education (CE) on not. For Larger Groups (5+) and/or Scholarship Rated Attendance Rate, see links at the top of the page