Spearheading positive gaming habits
INTENTA’s values align to improve wellbeing outcomes for gamers, students, school communities, and esports professionals while promoting an intentional digital culture.
We equip professionals with resources to support the mental health needs of the digital generation and help them develop a healthy and intentional relationship with technology.
Rather than advocating for less technology and digital use, we envision a world where technology supports our shared well-being.
Re-imagine our modern relationship with digital technology
We’re adaptable, fearless, and ready to take a stand at the forefront of this conversation. We believe:
- educating mental health professionals is a force for good as part of a broader social contract
- the shift from compulsive to intentional digital use empowers human growth for a healthy digital culture
- the best quality clinical training is built on rigorous research
Cam Adair, Co-Founder
As a talented hockey player, Cam Adair’s life took a dramatic turn at the age of 11 when he began to experience intense bullying, leading him to drop out of high school and escape into gaming. He never graduated, and while all of his friends were off to college Cam was playing video games up to 16 hours a day. Struggling with depression he reached rock bottom when he wrote a suicide note, and it was this night when he made a commitment to change.
Cam went on to found Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, which currently serves members in 95 countries. Named one of Canada’s top 150 leaders in Mental Health, his work has been published in Psychiatry Research, featured in two TEDx talks, and media major outlets such as Forbes, BBC, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, and ABC 20/20, and others. He’s an internationally recognized speaker, entrepreneur, and YouTuber with over 2M views. His story was featured in the Game Over documentary by TELUS.
Dr. Jay Berk, Clinical Director
Jay H. Berk, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, coach, author, speaker and expert in working with children, adolescents, and families. He is adept at providing treatment in outpatient and residential programs. He is the director of REBOOT, a boarding school program for individuals with electronic over-usage.
Dr. Berk has provided training and workshops throughout the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Bosnia to schools, agencies, mental health therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and a variety of parent groups. He functioned as a special consultant to the Screen Actors Guild in New York City and for UNICEF. Dr. Berk is also author of “Parent’s Quick Guide to Electronic Addiction” and “Codeswitching: Social Skills in the Screen-Age” both available on Amazon.
Learned more about Dr. Berk on his website: JayBerkPhD.com
Our Advisors & Partners
INTENTA is supported by a powerful partnership group of cross-disciplinary advisors drawing from diverse fields of mental health, addiction, technology, education, and neuroscience to help shape the framework, evidence-informed tools, perspectives, and education of our training.
Nadja Streiter, LMSW
Nadja Streiter, LMSW is a psychotherapist, parent coach and speaker based outside of New York City. She has specific expertise in treating adolescents and adults who struggle with Video Game Addiction and other technology based problematic behaviors as well as co-occurring disorders. Ms. Streiter is a frequent speaker and also serves as Programs Director at Game Quitters, where she co-created the parent program, RECLAIM.
Ms. Streiter received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and chairs the Mental Health Professionals Work Group at the Fairplay.
You can learn more about her work at eyesupwellness.com
“I found the gaming disorder clinical training to be thorough, balanced and easy to understand. The combination of lecture and video was extremely helpful for absorbing and retaining information. I highly recommend this for anyone trying to gain a well rounded understanding of Gaming Disorder.”
In 2014, Elaine discovered her son had become severely addicted to video games while away at university. Seeing her son through his addiction recovery was challenging and she never wanted another parent to feel this same way.
Elaine is a speaker and author of Cyber Sober and Seeing Through the Cracks. She has been featured on numerous media outlets including CTV W5, CBC’s The National, CBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal, CHCH Television and Rogers TV. Elaine is also a coach for parents, offering information, strategies and support in managing technology.
Elaine is a Canada Clinical Partnership Specialist for INTENTA, helping to bridge the clinical skill gap for professionals in Canada.
You can learn more about her work at elaineuskoski.com
"The INTENTA training provided me the tools to assess each family and understand that there is no cookie cutter approach. I see parents who recognize the addiction long before their child is willing to admit to it."
Our internationally-accredited Gaming Disorder Training bridges the clinical skills gap with an affordable, online course that delivers results.
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