Video games are ubiquitous in our culture, but playing them is frequently regarded with judgment or disinterest. As a result, therapists tend to overlook the meaning in their clients’ gaming behavior, or view it solely through the lens of pathology. This course provides a framework for clinicians to understand games and their relevance to the therapy process, focusing on debunking longstanding stigmas in the interest of a theoretical and scientifically robust model of gaming psychology, as illustrated through specific case examples. Issues of gaming addiction, violence in video games, and talking with children and their parents about game-playing behavior will be addressed.
1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Identify at least two common attitudes and stigmas surrounding video game use, where they came from, and how they compare to up-to-date scientific research
Describe a new, relational model of game-playing
Identify at least three methods of inquiry that can be used with patients in session to facilitate more empathic and useful dialogue around game use
Differentiate three types of game-playing behavior across a range of different clients and presenting issues
1. Games in our culture
a. Popularity of games
b. Stigma around game use: Violence and addiction
c. History and research
2. A new relationship model of games
a. The game and the player’s psychology
b. Three essential questions
3. The model in practice
a. Reconceptualizing “video game addiction”
b. Talking about games when gaming is not a major presenting issue
c. Talking about video games with children and their parents
Format and Length:
Recorded Video format (non-interactive). Total running time 65 minutes.
NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 4: Counseling Services
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: January 21, 2021
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.
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