Pasttime or problem? Talking to youth about video & computer gaming

Presenter: Negar Sadeghi, MA, Therapist, Trainer and Multicultural Specialist with the Problem Gambling Service, CAMH
Date: Wed, Feb. 3, 2016, 12pm - 1pm EST

Summary

The presentation will discuss the following topics:

Excessive video gaming does not necessarily mean someone is addicted, however, the behavior can become an addiction if it meets certain criteria. A relatively new phenomenon and one that may fall “under the radar”, video gaming addiction can have harmful consequences for the people addicted and those around them. This presentation will review risks, signs and tips to support clients who may be affected by video gaming addiction.

Learning objectives

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe indicators of when video gaming may be an addiction and some of the harmful consequences it may cause
  • State possible reasons for gaming in youth, including mental health or addiction problems that may be associated with it
  • Discuss tips that youth can use to encourage responsible gaming.

Presenter biography

Negar Sadegi, MA, is a therapist/trainer and a multicultural specialist with the Problem Gambling Service the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). She has considerable experience in working with people including families affected by problem gambling. Negar has conducted numerous trainings in the province on the cultural competence care model of treatment and outreach. In addition, she has taken a lead in writing a guide "A Guide for Counsellors Working with Problem Gambling Clients from Ethno-cultural Communities" which has been published and is available on the Problem Gambling website. Negar was also a co-researcher for a study on perceptions and attitudes about gambling, problem gambling and help-seeking behavior among Iranians in Toronto.

Negar Sadeghi