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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

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Resilience and Coping Strategies for Social Media Addiction

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I came across an interesting Masters Thesis from Eastern Illinois University on resilience and coping with respect to social media addiction. Although I did not read this in its entirety, the discussion section is worth reviewing. The author highlights the correlation between social media addiction and avoidant coping skills. Furthermore, depression proved to be the greatest predictor of social media addiction. Take a look at the thesis here.
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Gambling, Gaming, and Technology Use Knowledge Exchange

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I want to share a blog I wrote not long before the WHO made their announcement about Video Gaming Disorder being recognized as an official disorder. I first wrote and published a book about the transition between parenting your child and your adult child, as I found those years more challenging. Included in my story was part of the journey of my adult son's crisis through video gaming addiction. An organizer of Mindfest read the book and asked me to speak about Video Gaming Addiction. I...
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Older Adults & Problem Gambling: Journal of Gambling Issues - Special Issue 39

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There is a distinct scarcity of research on problem gambling in the older population (+ 55 years of age) despite a steady increase in prevalence rates (see Matheson et al., JGI , 39 , 43-61). In this special issue of the Journal of Gambling Issues ( JGI ), released in September 2018, a work group funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, summarize recent work in this field and identify paths for future study. Contributions include...
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Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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Our colleagues at EENet have just released a research snapshot on their website based on research of Shi and colleagues published in the International Journal of Mental health and Addiction . The study found higher levels of problem video gaming in teens living in urban areas than in teens living in rural areas. Interestingly, they also found that teens in urban regions with a gambling problem were more likely to have a problem with video gaming when compared to teens who did not gamble.
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GGTU Fall 2018 Newsletter

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We released the fall 2018 edition of our newsletter earlier this week. The newsletter features the newly released issue no. 39 of the Journal of Gambling Issues where the latest research on older adults and gambling is discussed, along with highlights from our Provinicial Forum, an agency spotlight on Amethyst Women's Addiction Centre, announcements, research updates, upcoming trainings and webinars, and what's in the news. In case you missed it, you can find the latest newsletter content on...
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Gambling and Cannabis Use in Youth and Young Adults Survey

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Hello, we are a group of researchers, educators, and trainees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC). We are working towards creating new content for current educational programs provided to Ontario high schools, colleges and universities about gambling and cannabis use in youth and young adults. Please note this is not a research project. We have created a survey to assist us in how best to incorporate the most current research...
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Have you seen our evidence-informed practice content on Learn.ProblemGambling.ca?

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Have you been to Learn.ProblemGambling.ca/eip lately? We have updated and added new evidence-informed practice content for mental health & addiction service providers on a variety of problem gambling topics, including: Screening & Assessment Mental Status Examination Stages of Change Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Relapse Prevention Inventory of Gambling Situations Concurrent Disorders Trauma-Informed Care We have also updated and added evidence-informed content on other behavioural...
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Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Just in case you missed it, our Fall 2019 newsletter was released today. Our newsletter recently merged with the EENet newsletter to streamline how you stay informed about trainings, webinars, research, and other news related to mental health and addictions in Ontario. You can find the full Fall 2019 newsletter here . If you haven't done so already, please sign up here to keep up-to-date with the latest gambling, gaming and technology use news.
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Re: Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, @Registered Member. This is based on the results of one article, so it may be possible that other studies looking at the differences in problem video gaming between teens in urban and rurals regions could yield different results depending on the region, access to technology and offline activities available, among many factors. And thanks @Registered Member, I agree that it would be vital to educate students (and parents/guardians) about gambling, video...
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Re: Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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Great question @Registered Member. I wonder as gaming and smart phone use get more recognition, there will be more references in pop culture, which will in turn bring more awareness to the issues. Just this month in GQ magazine, there was an article on cutting back on smart phone use that included several practical strategies including turning your phone to grey scale. Apparently seeing apps/pictures/games etc in grey scale is less appealing and people were found to reduce their phone screen...
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Re: Resilience and Coping Strategies for Social Media Addiction

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Thanks for sharing this thesis, Howie! It's a very interesting topic!
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Re: Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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I am located in a rural county of Ontario with no access to transportation and a high rate of low income families who struggle to have access to sport available in our community, having said that you would think that problematic video game use would be more of an issue for the youth in our rural areas.
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Re: Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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I like your idea Tiffany of adding safer gaming practices into curriculum with safer gambling information. I also think that there is a need for a paired curriculum for parents/guardians on both of these topics, especially as technology use is so ubiquitious. I wonder how influential overall wellness and mental health education would be at addressing some of those underlying issues and how students would respond if the curriculum not only taught safer gambling and gaming practices, but...
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Re: Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One online course

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https://www.eenetconnect.ca/g/...g-and-technology-use >>> EENet Connect < alerts@hoop.la > 8/26/2019 4:22 PM >>>
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Webinar: The Game Of Life

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CTV W5 Segment on Video Gaming Addiction

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For those who may have missed it, here's the CTV W5 documentary on Video Gaming Addiction which features my son's journey. https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/six-ways-to-tell-if-your-child-is-addicted-to-video-games-1.5320645?fbclid=IwAR0lM3p3pYf9i_xksLohdkfAaO6fC0tJ3Z_Dsm0gd_O7KaDdkydmRiiDBVI
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Re: CTV W5 Segment on Video Gaming Addiction

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Thanks for posting the link Elaine! This is on my to-watch list and we have a monthly team movie club where we watch documentaries about gambling, gaming and tech use so we'll all be able to watch as a team too!
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Re: CTV W5 Segment on Video Gaming Addiction

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Oh we'd love that! If you'd like you can email my CAMH email so I have you contact details and we can let you know as soon as we have a date set, it would probably be some time in late April/early May marie-claire.conlin@camh.ca
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Re: CTV W5 Segment on Video Gaming Addiction

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I am delighted that you will be using the documentary clip for your team movie club. If I can, I am happy to join and fill in the blanks with my son's story for those who have any questions.
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Technology, risk and gambling seminar series

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The University of Sydney's Technology Addiction Team is hosting weekly one-hour seminar for the next nine weeks on a wide range of topics relevant to stakeholders interested in understanding how design and emerging technologies impact gambling, including risky decision making and behaviours. For a list of dates, topics and speakers and registration information, please click here . You can watch previous webinars in the series here . Be mindful of international time differences . Seminars are...
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Re: 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now'

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Interesting post! I will check out this book. Although I know I'm not personally ready to delete all my social media, I have consciously reduced engagement with platforms such as Facebook over time and also have felt the benefits. I have my doubts that we will see a social media-free future, especially as we navigate through a new reality where a continued or new pandemic(s) may threaten ability to gather and travel for long stretches of time. Social media provides easy ways of staying...
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'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now'

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The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma argues that the social media platforms we use to stay connected are making us miserable, disconnected, and potentially having a much wider impact on the socio-political landscape. The documentary received both praise for its engaging content but also received its fair share of criticism for perhaps being, at times, unbalanced in its views (and for not including individuals who have been campaigning for humane and ethical technology long before the...
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Re: 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now'

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@Registered Member - the arguments aren't necessarily what you might expect (like improved wellbeing, sleep, etc.) the book focusses more on the impact of those algorithms on our ability to have empathy with others or be critical of news sources (argument #3 - 'social media is making you into an a**; #4 - 'social media is undermining the truth; #9 'social media is making politics impossible'). The author is a computer scientist and futurist so I think he's really arguing about how these...
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Re: 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now'

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I'm wondering what some of the arguments in the book are? I'm in a weird boat, where, I never got popular social media like FaceBook growing up (despite the peer pressure to do so) but grew up with everyone around me having it. I always felt that, even a decade ago, it was odd to put up your communications with everyone to see it vs. individualized messaging or communities (like specialized forums). I felt that amongst different friend groups, family members or work colleagues - they knew me...
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Podcast Interview with a Recovering Video Gaming Addict

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Many of you are familiar with my son's story of gaming addiction, as told by me in my speaking, webinars, and my books. Podcaster and recovered gambling addict, Brian Hatch recently interviewed my son, Jake, on his own, so he could share his journey through gaming addiction and recovery. Jake discusses what led him down the rabbit hole, how he struggled to overcome his compulsion, the support he received, and how he now manages his life, as well as his relationship with the internet, as a...
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New online training available: Fundamentals of Gambling and Gaming

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This week, CAMH GGTU have launched a new foundational online training: Fundamentals of Gambling and Gaming This short, self-directed online course will provide students and professionals with a foundational understanding of problem gambling and gaming. This training presents current evidence and best practices for recognizing and supporting individuals at risk of, or experiencing, problem gambling and/or problem gaming. This includes information on evidence-based screening tools, assessment,...
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[Online workshop opportunity, March 10th 2022] Fundamentals of gambling and gaming: Effective assessment and treatment planning

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The Gambling, Gaming, and Technology Use team is offering a facilitated workshop: Fundamentals of gambling and gaming: Effective assessment and treatment planning on March 10th from 13:00 to 15:00 hours EST. This training is best suited to newly qualified clinicians as well as students who are currently working directly with clients, however, successful completion of the Fundamentals of Gambling and Gaming (FUN-GG) course is a prerequisite. FUN-GG is a short, self-directed course that...
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Webinar Replay! ‘Swipe Sesh’: Exploring the Impacts of Dating Apps on Mental Health among Adults

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On February 10, 2022, GGTU kicked off part 1 of a new webinar series called The Impacts of Digital Technologies on Mental Health and Addictions . This series will feature 3 standalone yet interconnected webinars, each taking on a different topic in relation to technology use and mental health and/or addiction-related impacts. Part 1 featured Dr. Treena Orchard (Western University) presenting engaging new content called, ‘Swipe Sesh’: Exploring the Impacts of Dating Apps on Mental Health...
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Webinar Today - Registration is free! ConnexOntario (Discover Mental Health, Addiction and Problem Gambling Services): A brief history and overview.

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So much has transpired in mental health and addictions over the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic and there is much to learn from our colleagues at ConnexOntario. Anne Counter, Director of System Navigation and Information Services will be taking us through the history of ConnexOntario, providing us a refresher of their services, as well as sharing current data in regards to trends specific to gambling and technology use. We will also learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the...
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“Addicted” to Social Media? Does Empathy play a role?

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How does empathy relate to social media addiction? Well a study conducted in 2020 looked at the association of empathy and social media addiction amongst high school students. They also looked at another hypothesis (which is not discussed here). Empathy was defined as “the skill to comprehend and share other’s emotions and feelings ”. The authors acknowledged that empathy has both a cognitive component (i.e. understanding another person’s emotions) and an affective component (i.e. the...
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Webinar Replay! For everyone who would like to stay “Connex”ted! Do we know what is new in our community and how to stay connected?

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On February 24, 2022, GGTU hosted Anne Counter who was our star presenter, “ConnexOntario (Discover Mental Health, Addiction and Problem Gambling Services): A brief history and overview” . With COVID-19 changing the world and accessibility platforms being constantly revised to meet new technology advances. Anne’s presentation was really timely with relevant information on new and innovative initiatives being rolled out by ConnexOntario. They still strive to ensure they bridge services for...
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GGTU Training Needs Assessment

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The Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health creates training products and resources for clinicians working in the area of addictions and mental health. We would love to hear from you about how we can serve your training needs better. Your participation in this survey helps us continue to deliver high-quality products and support. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes and will remain open until Thursday March 24 th at 5 p.m.
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Re: Knowledge of random events and chance in people with gambling problems webinar

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If you think you know something about randomness and chance , then come to this webinar and dispel that myth!
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Perceptions of Gambling Addiction on Twitter

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A recent article published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases took an interesting approach to studying how people perceived gambling addiction during the Covid-19 pandemic. They analyzed Tweets in English from Twitter users in the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. They searched for Tweets that used gambling, addiction and other variations of these terms. After removing unrelated Tweets they were left with 144 Tweets. From these Tweets they inferred some of the following themes: Betting...
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New GGTU course: Working with Families and Affected Loved Ones

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This self-directed online course presents current evidence and best practices for working with families, couples and loved ones experiencing harms because of a loved one’s problem gambling. It provides an overview of these harms and addresses how professionals can support these individuals, including intervention strategies professionals can use to help clients protect their finances, develop coping skills, repair relationships and rebuild trust. This course is most suitable for...
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Therapist Survey on covid impact training needs

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Research and knowledge exchange opportunity Dear EENET members: We are still conducting our survey of the impact of Covid on treatment services and service providors. Please click on the link below to participate in this anonymous survey. I've also attached a summary of the results from the first round of this survey as feedback to the EENet community. Original post. Dr. Nigel Turner at CAMH is conducting a short survey aimed towards at clinicians who help people with addictions and mental...
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Re: Join us for this Webinar - We are SPRinG’g into action to help the gambling community. Launch of the SPRinG App - A digital health solution to support self-management of problem gambling.

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With the main discussion being on mental health and apps, please register for this webinar to know more about how to self-manage gambling issues and concerns. Join us for the launch of the SPRinG App, see how technology can actually help ease these concerns.
 
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