Webinar 51 | Internet Gaming Disorder

Webinar 51 | Internet Gaming Disorder


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

08 December 2021

Black Dog Institute


Black Dog Institute
(02) 9382 4530

This webinar explores the issues related to disordered gaming presentation, assessment and treatment integrating contemporary research and clinical practice evidence.

Despite its recreational and entertainment aspects, a minority of individuals engage excessively, experiencing problems in their education, employment, and relationships with others. These gaming-related difficulties have prompted the American Psychiatric Association (2013) and the World Health Organisation (2019) to propose independent diagnostic classifications, to describe this emerging condition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe gaming behaviours related to higher risk for disordered gaming.
  • Identify cases/clients presenting at higher risk for disordered gaming to be referred to specialized services.
  • Integrate game related mechanics, such as flow, presence and the user-avatar bond in their case formulation and treatment planning regarding at-risk clients.
  • Identify online resources useful for families and people suffering from disordered gaming.

Course Educators

Dr Phoebe Holdenson Kimura

Dr Phoebe Holdenson Kimura is a GP working in Syndey who is passionate about promoting mental wellbeing and supporting GPs who have a special interest in Mental health. With recent experience working in rural Far North Queensland and Cambodia, she is interested in rural and global perspectives on mental health.

Dr Vasileios Stavropoulos

Vasileios is an academic and professional psychologist activated in the area of disordered gaming. He has worked as the leading clinician in the outpatient program for problematic internet use of the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica in Greece between 2009 and 2012. His scholar work in the field of disordered gaming focuses on the exploration of risk and protective factors, measurement issues and factors that make gaming applications engaging. As an acknowledgment of his research work, he received the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2021.

Dr Hilarie Cash

Dr Hilarie Cash is Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of the reSTART Center for Digital Technology Sustainability. It’s the first long-stay retreat program in the US or Canada for adults who are experiencing serious problems with their digital screen use. She gained her PhD in psychology from Saybrook University and her MA In psychology from University of Northern Colorado. She began her work in this field in the mid-90’s and co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services. She has written numerous books on the topic and is recognised as one of the US’ leading experts in the growing field of internet gaming addiction, amongst other online addictions.

This webinar is designed for GPs, GP registrars, psychologists, and allied mental health practitioners, or any other health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.