Escaping into the Metaverse: Stress, Trauma & Toxicity in Online Gaming.

March 18, 2022 at 12:00 EST

90 minutes with Q&A

Gamers may seek out the virtual world for security and emotional comfort. Although it is well known that trauma is a risk factor in substance-based addictions, we are also coming to understand its role in disordered gaming. Additionally, toxic experiences that occur within the context of video gaming can further contribute to a gamer’s decline in mental health.

In this webinar, Nadja Streiter, LMSW will present on the intersection of trauma and gaming disorder.

Nadja 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 common harms and risks associated with online gaming
  • Implement practical trauma-informed strategies for working with gamers
  • Q&A.

Presenters:

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.

nadja streiter

Nadja Streiter

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 Disordered Gaming 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 serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Work Group at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

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