Patricia Diel and George Rafeedie
Patricia Diel and George Rafeedie

“Ethical Navigation of Social Media, Texting, Tweets, and Snapchats”

This workshop is designed to assist participants to examine their practices in regards to the use of social networking services in professional relationships and communications. It will review how personal use of social media intersect and can affect professional relationships. Strategies and policy development to effectively deal with this ever  changing landscape will be discussed


Patricia Diel, LSW, CADC, SAP is the Owner of Diel Counseling. Since 1998, Diel Counseling has been providing DUI services, substance abuse and behavioral health services. She has office locations at both Effingham and Charleston, Illinois. Ms. Diel has over thirty years of experience working with individuals and families. Ms. Diel has over ten years of experience working in the child welfare and foster care field. While in Child Welfare, she developed the State of Illinois Child Welfare Training Needs Assessment and developed a law enforcement training curriculum for child welfare crisis response. Ms. Diel has been involved with the allocating of funds for the Illinois Grant Allocation for non-profit programs, and has worked in Springfield with Legislation on Child Welfare Issues and Juvenile Law Policy. Ms. Diel has provided trainings for various organizations including ICB and DASA-DUI Orientation and also maintains several contracts throughout the state for EAP services.

George K. Rafeedie, MPA, CSADC has more than forty years of experience in behavioral healthcare.  He is a retired USAF Captain where he spent twenty-one years providing and developing substance abuse services.  He has worked in community-based programs in Illinois and Missouri as a counselor, DUI assessor, clinical coordinator, and program director in a variety of settings that include outpatient, residential, and methadone treatment.  Mr. Rafeedie worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services/ Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse from 2001 to 2016 as a DUI Program Liaison and monitored all categories of DASA licensed programs with a focus on intervention services.  He recently retired but remains active in the field providing training and consultation services.  Mr. Rafeedie is active with the Illinois Certification Board as a member, mentor and volunteer.