Signs, Signals and Symbols: Suicide, Cyberbullying and Social Media

March 6, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

For the 2017 Austin Lecture, Dr. Jonathan Singer, whose career combines extensive work on youth interventions with a long-standing interest in the role of technology in social work practice, will explore how changes in communications technology have affected how youth articulate their thoughts and feelings. Does the use of social media in particular escalate the risk of depression, suicide, or cyberbullying among this population? What kinds of research is being done to identify cues and hence reduce this risk? Two full-time faculty members, Desmond Patton and Elisabeth Counselman-Carpenter, will serve as Professor Singer’s discussants.

1.5 CEUs available for NYS, NJ, and CT licensed social workers. The fee is $30 for alumni; $40 for non-alumni. If you are from a different state, please contact

About the Presenter

Jonathan Singer is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work; he is the author of 45 publications including the 2015 book, Suicide in Schools as well as the White Paper Practice Innovation through Technology in the Digital Age. He is also the founder of the award-winning Social Work Podcast. For more information, go to his faculty bio page.

About the Lucille N. Austin Lecture

The Lucille N. Austin Visiting Scholars Program was established to honor the contributions of Lucille N. Austin, an esteemed member of the CSSW faculty for more than 30 years. The program has been made possible, in part, by a generous contribution in memory of Jane R. Heimerdinger and a grant by the Kenworthy-Swift Foundation.

How Livestream Works

On the day of the event, you will be sent an email with a link to the livestream.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Define signs, signals and symbols
  2. Identify images used by people at risk for suicide
  3. Recognize new approaches to recognizing risk for harm on social media

*How to earn CEUs:

To earn 1.5 live CE contact hours for this event, you must either livestream or attend the event and complete an evaluation and post-test, after which certificates will be emailed to you within 30 days. The fee for this service is $30 for alumni; $40 for non-alums.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click here.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact We look forward to your participation on Monday March 6 @6:30 p.m. EST, whether in person or through livestream.