MNO Mental Health & Addiction Webinar Series
One More Level: Video Gaming Addiction
Date: Thursday, Oct 21, 202
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
Audience: Parents, grandparents, caregivers
For many, video gaming can be a welcomed respite from the stresses of every day life, and gives gamers a sense of accomplishment through in-game achievements. However, excessive escapism through gaming carries some serious consequences in the real world, including potentially damaging effects on one’s mental health and real-life relationships. Fortunately, strategies and treatment are available.
This webinar will address issues including:
- What emotional needs does gaming meet?
- What does excessive gaming do to the brain?
- How is excessive gaming affecting children’s health?
- The Skinner Method and Loot Boxes, as well as tips on how to prevent excessive online spending/gambling
- The 9 signs of gaming addiction
- Prevention tips for parents/healthy management of gaming
Elaine Uskoski, Video Game Addiction Speaker, Author & Coach
Bio: Several years ago, Elaine Uskoski faced one of the biggest crises of her life when she learned her youngest son Jake was addicted to video gaming. She put everything on hold to deal with the seriousness of his obsession. At the time, there was little known about this type of addiction and Elaine found herself focusing all her energy on research, learning everything she could to help her son.
With knowledge, patience and perseverance Elaine was able to successfully help Jake regain his physical and emotional health. She chronicled her experiences in her book “Seeing Through the Cracks” and now shares her powerful message of hope and awareness through her work as a coach for parents and speaker. Elaine has been featured by many media outlets including CBC’s The National, The Wall Street Journal, CBC Radio, CHCH, and Rogers TV.