Gaming Disorder Clinical Training
Internationally accredited training on problematic and disordered gaming
rated by 324 graduates
“A jaw-dropping experience.” –Michelle Nogueira
“Useful for those working in prevention, early identification and treatment.” –Ingrid Gillespie
Our reviews from graduates all over the world
What You Will Learn:
A comprehensive understanding of problematic and disordered gaming with practical strategies for treatment and prevention.
Easy-to-follow format allows professionals to understand the context, dynamics, mechanisms and special issues that present with gaming clients. Lessons include a combination of video, audio and written text for diverse learning styles.
Five modules that address the psychology of games, screening for gaming issues, gaming counseling skills and case formulation.
In this first module, we introduce the foundation of the training, which includes the human-game interaction (the gamer, culture, and purpose of gaming), the gaming industry (monetization, game design, and recent innovations) and gaming risk factors (in-game, family and cognitive risks).
After completing this module, you will have a comprehensive understanding of modern gaming and its relationship to individuals and their families.
Building upon the foundation from Module 1, we introduce the gaming continuum (from recreational to disordered), review the prevalence and negative consequences, and the sub-types of gamers.
After completing this module, you will have a framework for understanding all types of gaming and gamer profiles.
We present the ten (10) most effective assessments through a custom screening framework. This process allows you to progress from, basic monitoring for at-risk gaming, through baseline assessment (using established screening tools) followed by a gaming-specific biopsychosocial, including non-standard criteria, and finally an advanced gamer profiling system.
After completing this module, you will have a straightforward process for screening at-risk, problematic, or disordered gaming.
In this module, you work through a case formulation to conceptualize a hypothetical client. We have designed a visual formulation process called Gaming Zones that includes core psychopathology, dimensional development, relapse prevention, and potential treatment goals.
(Note: Alternately, you may complete a standard biopsychosocial in place of the Gaming Zones formulation.)
After completing this module, you will have synthesized the first three modules through practical application.
Optional: You may schedule a 1-to-1 case formulation discussion with our Clinical Director, Dr Jay Berk.
Lastly, we review the most effective intervention approaches, prevention methods, and recovery tools, including practical guidelines for digital boundaries “degaming” and family issues. This module includes printable handouts that you may use in your practice.
After completing this module, you will understand the most effective approaches to working with gamers, whether they are at-risk, problematic, or disordered.
- You will improve your quality of care and reduce potential risk of harm for clients
- You will understand the psychology of gaming and recent innovation trends
- You will have validated screening tools to identify at-risk clients
- You will implement practical strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery
- You will be a valuable source of knowledge amongst your colleagues
- You will be an internationally recognized specialist in gaming disorder
15 Education Credits
Professionals may receive continuing education units (CEU) or their regional equivalent continuing professional development (CPD), that count towards license requirements. See FAQ for regional approvals.
"There is a very thorough and excellent online training program for working with individuals who are at risk of developing problematic or disordered gaming problems. It contains an easy format to follow covering a wealth of helpful information in working with this population." –Lisa Vig
APPROVED TRAINING PROVIDER
Upon successful completion of the training you may be eligible to receive a certificate from an international accreditation board. See FAQ for educational criteria and other requirements.
"This training should be required for anyone planning to work with adolescents or young adults in any area of mental health or social work. It's a great way for us "older folks" to gain some insight into the digital world from our clients perspective while looking at our own thoughts and feelings about it." –Cheryl L. Mahoney
Our peer support community platform is exclusively available to graduates of the INTENTA training program.
As technology rapidly evolves, committed professionals and passionate learners can maintain access to 15 hour training modules and keep up to date with emerging trends and latest research insights from additional bonus modules.
It is a space to ask questions, participate in important discussions, expand professional skills and stay current of this ever-changing field.
Taught by a team of world leading experts in gaming disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.
Widely hailed as a leading expert on video game addiction, Cam Adair is best known as the founder of Game Quitters, a support community for gamers from 95 countries. In 2017, he was named one of Canada’s Leaders in Mental Health.
Dr. Jay Berk PhD is a licensed psychologist with extensive clinical expertise in treating gaming disorder. He is a published author on Electronic and Gaming Addiction and a Child & Adolescent Social Skills Specialist who developed the REBOOT program at Grand River Academy.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to common questions. For all other inquiries please send us a message.
1. Complete the sign-up process by registering for Intenta, enrolling in the training and completing your payment.
2. You will have immediate access to begin the training.
3. Work through the training at your own pace.
4. Formulate a case, submit to our Clinical Director.
5. Pass the course or retry the case formulation.
6. If qualified (IGCCB standards), then begin working towards the IGDC. (The certificate is distinct and separate from the INTENTA training course and as such is managed by an external certification board. The certificate is purchased and completed entirely through the IGCCB.)
Once you start the training, you’ll have forty-five (45) days to complete the course including the gaming zone formulation submission. The 45 day timeline does NOT begin from the date of purchase, but rather, it begins from the day you click “Start” (which includes a notification about the 45 day timeline).
Once your Gaming Zone formulation is approved you will be sent the details on how to schedule 20 mins with our Clinical Director. This session is an opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have around your Gaming Zone formulation. We also offer online ‘training chat drop in’ during office hours.
Not everyone successfully completes their case formulation and presentation. Intenta training is designed to be rigorous to impart the highest quality education. If your case formulation is rejected, then you may resubmit and then present again. If your case is rejected upon second presentation, then you are welcome to retake the training at a future date.
The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board IGCCB provides the International Gaming Disorder Certificate (IGDC) to professionals who meet their requirements. For more information about the certificate please review the process, procedures, requirements and associated costs (certificate plus BACC) on IGCCB.
“IGCCB continues to lead the field, internationally, with evidence-based and best-practices certifications in problem gambling. It is time to include gaming disorders and begin legitimizing prevention, intervention and treatment research outcomes to inform practice.” – Jeremy Wamper, President, IGCCB
How do I get a certificate?
Review IGCCB application instructions and submit your documentation and fees via their site.
USA Continuing Education
INTENTA is approved as a provider of 15 hours of continuing education credits through co-sponsorship of the continuing education units by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours include LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT*.
*Although continuing education provided by CSWE-accredited institutions are accepted by most U.S. state licensing boards, the final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with the social work board of the state in which you are licensed. The School of Social Work cannot assure that your state will accept these CE hours. Click here for more information and find a full list of accredited programs.
The Rest of the World Continuing Education (CPD/OPD)
INTENTA is pleased to announce that our courses have been independently evaluated for Continuing Professional Development purposes by The CPD Certification Service. This means our courses comply with universally accepted principles of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and have been structured to meet the criteria of personal development plans.
The CPD Certification Service accreditation operates internationally and meets the CPD requirements and expectations for all professional bodies, regulators, and membership organizations across the globe. This means that a professional attending our accredited CPD training activity will receive 15 hours of CPD credits or points on their Certificate of Attendance, which can then be used towards international CPD requirements*.
*Although INTENTA is an approved CPD provider and our CPD credits are accepted by most international bodies the final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with the regional board or body in which you are licensed.
As part of INTENTA’s mission to promote and facilitate continuing education excellence, we are continually in the process of seeking approval as a provider of continuing education through new regional, national and local agencies on an as-needed basis, and will update FAQ as required.
Upon your request, INTENTA will submit your application and associated certificate fee to the University of Pittsburgh. The cost of the certificate is USD$16.50.
Yes, however you may find it challenging to complete. The training assumes that you have experience with clinical terminology, case formulation and counseling. The training by itself does NOT qualify you to present yourself or your practice as a “Gaming Disorder Specialist” and should not be used as such. Note that the International Gaming Disorder Certificate requirements are separate from this training and for more information please contact email IGCCB directly.
Yes! Most of this training focuses on the specific issues that you will see in your prevention work. For example, psycho-education presenters will benefit by acquiring a comprehensive understanding of problematic and disordered gaming. For the IGDC certificate: As long as all the other requirements are met, prevention specialists are open to apply for the International Gaming Disorder Certificate providing they can demonstrate 50 hours of developing outreach and facilitating public speaking forums/trainings specifically on the subject of Gaming Disorder.
The certificate is distinct and separate from the INTENTA training course and as such is managed by an external certification board. To discuss the qualifications and associated additional certificate costs, over and above the training price, please email IGCCB.
Yes. We stand behind our training so it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. Contact us within 30 days of commencement of your first lesson and we will refund you in full. The certificate associated costs are managed by an external international board (IGCCB) therefore INTENTA is not liable for any related refunds.
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