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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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Re: RCMP Youth Trends Report Fall 2018

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This is great, thanks for sharing. I'll be sharing with my networks.
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Re: YouTube stars talk about experiencing burnout

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Technology seems to be coming faster, with growing demand. I hope we eventually find a more meaningful and balanced approach, while still appreciating all that it offers us. These kinds of stories are a good start.
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Re: Parents should worry less about screen time, says UK doctors

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Interestingly, the majority of their sample was related to watching TV, not playing games / cellphones / computers. I think this is a serious limitation of this research, as there are many significant differences in terms of interactivity, reward expectation, and level of stimulation between watching TV and playing online games, for example. As a psychiatrist, I will point out this limitation to my clients and continue to follow Canadian guidelines.
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Re: CAMH Monitor e-Report 2017 - Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Rates in Ontario Adults

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Thanks for sharing! Some encouraging info in the executive summary, too, such as substantial declines in cigarette smoking and texting while driving.
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Re: CTV interview Should addiction to video games be considered a disease?

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This is an article that features the concerns some scholars have about gaming being included in the ICD-11: "Scholars' open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal"
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Re: CBC News Article: Tech companies encourage us to be smart about phones

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Thanks for sharing this article, Tiffany. I think tracking and monitoring usage is a good first step to increasing self awareness around the possibility of over-usage and can allow people to start questioning whether their level of use is causing problems at all. There are also other apps (e.g., Rescue Time, Cold Turkey, Self Control, etc.) that help capture this info and/or allow users to block certain websites to help minimize use.
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Re: Research on Parent-Child "Technoference"

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Thanks Tiffany - I think the bi-directional nature of the relationship between parent technology use and child behavioural problems is an important consideration. Parents with children with behavioural problems would likely benefit from understanding, support and opportunities to learn positive coping skills for their own high stress levels.
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Re: Research on Parent-Child "Technoference"

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Hi Tiffany, this is fascinating. Thank for posting! Can you elaborate briefly on what they meant by devices "that interrupt activities with their child on a daily basis." How can a device 'interrupt' an activity, particularly an interpersonal activity? Even a quick example would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Research on Parent-Child "Technoference"

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Thanks for your question, Sylvia. According to the authors, the term technoference was coined by McDaniel and Coyne (2016) and refers to interruptions in interpersonal interactions or time spent together due to technology. This can include sending texts or emails, checking your phone or social media, and even picking up a phone call or answering a text during a conversation with your child (although this is not limited just to the parent-child relationship but to other relationships in your...
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Re: Research on Parent-Child "Technoference"

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This is such important information for parents to understand in terms of interpersonal development with their young children. Although much of my Video Gaming Disorder Talk covers gaming teens and young adults, its important for parents to realize how their own behaviour with texting, emails and social media may be a contributing factor in the outbursts and tantrums they are seeing when removing gaming devices or reducing the hours their child spends gaming. Here's a good video clip with...
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Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use Training Needs Assessment

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The Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) team at CAMH has been delivering quality professional development and support to service providers for over 20 years. To help us continue to deliver high-quality products and support, we would like to better understand the populations we are serving and their training needs. By filling in this needs assessment survey, you will help us develop better training deliveries to you and service providers like you. This survey should take approximately...
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What will you takeaway from the GGTU Virtual Forum?

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Welcome to any new Community of Interest members who joined us recently! Our first ever online Gambling, Gaming, & Technology Use (GGTU) Forum - GGTU in a Virtual Landscape: Prevention, Effectiveness, and Adaptations - ended yesterday. We were incredible fortunate to have such an incredible line-up of speakers and thought-provoking presentations. Our Closing Keynote speaker, Dr. Sally Gainsbury, asked us all to consider, " What are your organizational and personal goals for 2021 and...
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Re: Research/Stats on Professional Gamblers and their income

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Hi Shannon, This article we published in 2013 is dated but has information income from a small US sample of professional gamblers. I hope it helps. It's a starting point. Jeremiah
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Podcast recommendation: Digital wellness, tech use and video game addiction

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Hi folks, I'm hoping to share interesting resources each week on the topic of problem tech use and digital wellness. This week, one of my favourite podcasts tackled this topic along with problem gaming. It's about a 45-50m listen, perfect for a socially distanced walk or to help you get through the weekly chores: https://open.spotify.com/show/3YJVMZhsHlrQq3PKf6p7mo Description: Nadja Streiter, LMSW is a psychotherapist and parent coach, as well as Director of Programs at Game Quitters. She...
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Assessing gaming disorder: Expert opinions

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Gaming disorder can be difficult to assess, as there are concerns about over pathologizing normal or potentially healthy behaviours. A new study surveyed 29 international experts until consensus was reached about useful criteria for assessing gaming disorder. This study helps clinicians with creating their own assessments to ensure they're looking at the most relevant features in their assessment to target as well as ensure they're not problematizing less relevant features. An interesting...
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi Everyone! My name is Ember Schincariol and I am a Social Worker with the Gambling & Behavioural Addictions program at Sister Margaret Smith Centre in Thunder Bay. I recently returned to work after my maternity leave. My colleagues informed me about this online community so I immediately joined. Looking forward to continuing to read posts and receive notifications about webinars!
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi, my name is Andrew Karagianis. I'm a Social Service Worker/Gambling Addiction Case Worker at Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto. I'm part of a 3-year Gambling Addiction Pilot Project, which is addressing problem gambling among adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. I first heard of this community of interest at a CAMH training course last week, and thought it would be a good idea to join, and see what I can learn from other people!
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi Andrew, I am a public health nurse working on the gambling file in Ottawa. Do you know if any organizations supporting homeless individuals in Ottawa are aware of higher rate of gambling harm with homeless individuals? They are certainly a group I want to reach out to but thought I would see if you had any links to Ottawa.
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi Susan, I personally don't have any links to Ottawa, although I've noticed that there is another member of this Community of Interest who is involved in Good Shepherd's project, who might have an answer. I'm not sure about the etiquette (or technical ability) of tagging other people into conversations on this website yet, but I'll e-mail the person and get back to you (or, message me next week if I haven't gotten back to you yet).
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Thank you. You can email me at susan.phypers@Ottawa.ca . Cheers!
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi, My name is Flora Matheson. I am a scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and work in the area of gambling, poverty and homelessness. I have been working with Good Shepherd since 2014 on this issue. We’ve been finding that there is a lack of awareness in general among this population. We have been developing guides and information to create awareness. We also have a training module on poverty, gambling and homelessness that we are happy to deliver.
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi everyone! My name is Tanya Abate, and I am a Research Coordinator / Knowledge Broker with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use team at CAMH. I am looking forward to reading more responses, and getting to know our CoI memebers!
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi Andrew, In terms of the EENet Connect etiquette, that can be found here on the website: https://www.eenetconnect.ca/pages/community-guidelines With respect to functionality, there are multiple ways to reach out to an individual member of EENet Connect: Tag them in a post or comment - just use the @ symbol and enter their display name. Reply or comment on something they have posted - this will trigger a notification to them. Send a private message - You can do this by clicking on their...
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Thank you for introducing yourselves @Registered Member, @Registered Member, @Registered Member, @Registered Member and @Registered Member! Welcome and thanks for starting off the conversations both about relevant resources and the functionalities of EENet Connect! Now, who's next? Feel free to introduce yourself
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Re: Getting started on our online community

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Hi! I'm Melanie Payne. I work in Belleville Ontario as a Services Coordinator at the PlaySmart Centre (Responsible Gambling Council). I look forward to the information I will gather from the members of this CoI!
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Getting started on our online community

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For those of you who have just joined our online community, welcome! I wanted to first share some EENet Connect Tips just in case you are not familiar with the platform (or need a refresher) and then get to know a little bit more about each of you!! EENet Connect Tips To start a conversation, click the green "Post" button and select "Topic." On the new page that appears, fill in the subject and body of your discussion topic and hit "Publish" You can respond to someone else's topic by...
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Re: What are your professional goals for 2019?

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I would love to learn more about seniors and gambling. Since a large portion of casino organized tours cater to the senior population, i'd like to learn more about susceptibility to gambling disorders in seniors.
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Re: What are your professional goals for 2019?

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I would like to know more about the status of loot-box games and how they might be regulated in the future. Additionally, I would love to come across research on cross-over patterns of addiction between substances, behaviours (eating disorders, fitness) and gambling. How at risk is the problem gambler to developing another addiction during gambling sobriety?
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What are your professional goals for 2019?

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Since 2018 is coming to a close in less than two weeks, let's discuss our 2019 professional goals. What gambling-, gaming- or technology use- related topics do you hope to learn more about in the new year? Personally, I would be interested in learning more about adolescent problem gambling. There is lack of research in this area, and high percentages of youth experiencing gambling problems, so I think this is an important area for more research and education. I would also be interested in...
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Mindfulness-based relapse prevention for problem gambling manual

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In Ontario, treatment for people with gambling problems was first implemented in 1995, in response to the opening of the province’s first commercial casino in Windsor. With extensive clinical experience and excellent research since then, knowledge about what constitutes effective treatment has been growing, but no one approach suits everyone. Treatment services have instead tended to adopt an eclectic and holistic approach, incorporating a biopsychosocial-spiritual model that draws on...
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Re: Movies on problem gambling, gaming & tech use

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Amazing @Registered Member! Thank you so much, I have already downloaded a copy (and attached here in case others are curious to check it out). Also, I would welcome an updated article.
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Webinar Recording (+ answers to your questions) - Teens and Smartphones

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Thank you to all of you who came to this weeks' webinar: Teens and Smartphones: Exploring young peoples’ views of smartphone etiquette, ‘addiction’ and healthy tech use habits. You can watch a recording and download the slides here by toggling to the 'Archive' tab on this page (the recording begins around the five-minute mark). I answered several of your questions during the session but wasn't able to answer all questions so have tried to do so below. Thanks again to everyone who came, it...
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Webinar: Apps, Traps and Roadmaps - The Latest in the Convergence and Strategies in Addressing Gaming & Gambling

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This is a great webinar series I've been attending this month. The next session (tomorrow at 1pm) is super timely and I'm sure will be of interest to many of you. Details below: Maine Council for Problem Gambling / AdCare March 19, 2021 (1:00 - 2:30 PM EST) Apps, Traps and Roadmaps: The Latest in the Convergence and Strategies in Addressing Gaming & Gambling Presenter: Julie Hynes We have seen the convergence of video gaming and gambling for some time now, notably with things like loot...
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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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Serious games, mental health apps, and gambling disorder

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The title of a recently published article, A Serious Game to Improve Emotion Regulation in Treatment-Seeking Individuals With Gambling Disorder: A Usability Study , peaked my interest for a few reasons. First, being part of a group of folks who design and create learning opportunities for mental health and addictions clinicians, we have talked about integrating "serious games" (broadly defined as games with educational or informational aims, vs. purely entertainment) into our course design.
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Re: The Therapy-App Fantasy

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It's long read, but I highly recommend. Especially if you've ever been curious about what it's like to be on either end of the Better Help/Talkspace interface (as client or as clinician).
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The Therapy-App Fantasy

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https://www.thecut.com/article...867882719.1617151112 With the arrival of a global pandemic, a boom in app-based therapy soon followed as many people struggled to navigate this difficult year. While these apps claim to improve accessibility to therapists and may be a life-line for many, this article looks at how damaging these kinds of apps can be to some clients and also the therapists managing large caseloads whilst being expected to be on demand 24-7. This article is a fascinating read...
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Re: Funding for Interventions

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Hi Olive I can't find the original document but it is called Ontario's problem - gambling Strategy and it has been in existence since 1996. Since 1999, it has been funded by a formula of 2 percent of gross slot machine revenue from charity casinos and slots at racetracks. The Strategy has a three-pronged approach consisting of treatment, prevention/awareness and research. I have attached a review of the strategy that was conducted in 2005. You can also find some information about it at the...
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Problem technology use in adults

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Re: Problem Gaming Q&A with Elaine Uskoski (May 6-7, 2021)

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Thank you again for joining us on the forum, Elaine and for offering your time and sharing your story. Watching the documentary sparked a number of initial questions and further reflections: What were some of the things that you and Jake worked on together during that time when he was first stopping/reducing his video gaming? How is Jake doing now? It appears that Jake felt like an “abstinence” approach was what worked best for him. At any point, did you ever try a “harm reduction” approach...
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Re: Problem Gaming Q&A with Elaine Uskoski (May 6-7, 2021)

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Hi Elaine! It's so great to have you join us in this space and share your knowledge and experience with us. I have a few questions for you too: Hindsight is 20/20. It always seems easier to reflect on what you might have done differently in the past when you have the lived experience of the present. Looking back, were there warning signs that you are more aware of now that you can share with other parents/caregivers? What have you found helpful when coaching parents/caregivers in relation to...
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