Video Gaming and Internet Gambling: How much is too much? Understanding and identifying the issues in your family and friends.

This seminar is for those who are concerned that someone close to them has a gaming or a gambling problem. A lot of teens, adolescents and adults play video games online and gamble online. Is playing a lot of video games a problem? When does it become a problem?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the difference between regular gaming and problem gaming behaviour by asking the right questions and recognizing common signs.
  • Understand the treatment options and approaches.
  • Learn about resources available in the community.

Although anyone can attend, the content of this seminar will primarily focus on youth under 24.

Who should attend?

  • University of Toronto staff, faculty and students concerned about their family member or a friend
  • University of Toronto educators and students interested in adolescent and/or addiction issues

Speakers: Dr. Bruce Ballon and Lisa Pont

Dr. Bruce Ballon is a psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ballon is also the section Chair of Innovation in Teaching Methods for the Association of Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Ballon is the Director of the Psychiatry Simulation Innovation (P.S.I.) Centre for the University of Toronto based at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also the Head and developer of the new initiative Adolescent Clinical and Educational Services (ACES) from Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Lisa Pont has a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work from York University. She has worked for the Problem Gambling Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as the Older Adult Specialist since January 2007. Prior to that, she coordinated the Telephone Support Line at CAMH since its inception in 2003. In all of her professional roles, she has been a strong advocate for people living with mental health and/or addiction issues. Her experience in counseling, outreach, community work and training led her to her position as a Trainer/Therapist with the Problem Gambling Project and Problem Gambling Service at CAMH.

This workshop is sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto Family Care Office.