Confessions of a Gamer

bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on January 26, 2016

bullet2 hours

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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Most likely every youth you know plays video games. Is it any different than hanging out by watching a movie or listening to music? Whether you have never played a video game or regularly game, you will want to be part of this training. The presenter will be sharing research and also his personal experiences of what it is like to be so intensely connected to the virtual reality found in electronic games that you become disconnected from relationships with real human beings and other important asset-building and developmental activities.

From this presentation, you will gain a better understanding of the subculture of video gaming from the inside out, the potentially addictive nature of gaming, the related privacy implications of online gaming, as well as the breadth and scope of the video game industry. This presentation will bridge the gap between video gaming subculture outsiders (often youth workers or parents) and insiders (often youth). Attendees will leave better able to communicate with youth about gaming and to engage in effective early intervention when needed.

Learning Objectives

  • Receive basic knowledge of video game culture and the industry behind it.
  • Understand the addictive process which drives video-game addiction.
  • Identify warning signs and behaviors of addicted individuals.
  • Learn how to intervene in the lives of individuals who are addicted to video games.

Presenter

Tim Swedberg, now 24 years old, reports that he grew up with “an intense fascination for video games.” At one point, he played for 60 hours a week or more and led to him leaving college. Tim returned to school and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. Tim is now a full-time Youth Counselor at the Evergreen Crisis Shelter. Prior to joining Evergreen, Tim’s experiences included being the Head Men’s Resident Assistant at Oak Hills College and serving as a camp counselor.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: Communication

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on January 26, 2016
  • 2 hours
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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