Trauma & Gaming Disorder: What Counselors Need to Know

15 September at 13:00 BST (UTC+1) / 08:00 EDT

50 minutes with 10 minutes Q&A

Video gaming can become a maladaptive coping mechanism in response to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress and/or trauma. These experiences can occur within the context of video gaming and in the physical world, yet the psychological and physical impacts go well beyond the virtual world.

In this webinar, Stephanie L. Diez-Morel, LCSW, IGDC, BACC, MCAP, Ph.D will present on the intersection of trauma and gaming disorder.

Stephanie co-hosts this presentation with Cam Adair, Co-Founder of INTENTA, Founder of Game Quitters and an international speaker and entrepreneur who is widely hailed as a leading expert on gaming disorder. In this webinar, Cam shares his personal journey of overcoming gaming disorder and offers key insights into prevention and treatment.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the four stages of the gaming continuum
  • Identify at-risk gamers with validated screening tools
  • Recognize gamer-specific trauma and its impact on gaming disorder
  • Review the proper application of using a trauma-informed approach for treatment and interventions
  • Q&A.


Cam Adair

Cam is Founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, serving members in 95 countries. Named one of Canada’s top 150 leaders in mental health, his work has been published in Psychiatry Research, and featured in two TEDx talks, Forbes, BBC, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, and ABC 20/20, among others. He’s an internationally-recognized speaker, entrepreneur, and YouTuber with over 2 million views. Born in Canada, he currently splits time between the US and Asia.

In 2020, Cam launched the internationally-accredited INTENTA Gaming Disorder Clinical Training.

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel is the founder and executive director of Reboot & Recover, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing solutions for a balanced living in a technology driven world.

Dr. Diez-Morel is an assistant professor of graduate social work at Edinboro University and has authored numerous scientific presentations and journal articles relating to gaming and gaming disorder. She is the recipient of two awards for her work in prevention and education efforts for reducing gaming disorder with youth. Her research centers on the intersections between technology use behaviors, health, and wellness among adolescents and adults.

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