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Leveling Up: Introducing a Wellness Evaluation for Mental Health Professionals to Better Support Gamer Clients

2021 Leveling Up Gamers are a 2.6 billion-person community. Counselors may not recognize that many of their clients, family, friends, and peers are active gamers, and likely do not understand this facet of their lives. Gaming has historically been blamed for negative behaviors, however the literature increasingly supports benefits when it is used in healthy…

Evolution of the Disney Princess

2021 Evolution of the Disney Princess The Evolution of the Disney Princess: According to Maui in Moana, “you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick; you’re a princess.” The argument around a generic stereotype depicting Disney Princesses has become so pervasive, it has even made its way in a few of their films. Disney…

Leveling Up: Therapeutic Engagement with Video Games

2021 Leveling Up This presentation is a description of some of the controversy around video games, as well as distinguishing between the types of video games available and how they may be used therapeutically. The objectives for this presentation are to help participants: Become familiar with some of the controversies around video games, and the…

Video Games as Cultural Competence

2021 Video Games as Cultural Competence More than half of the people in the U.S. play video games and that number rises to 90% when considering only younger demographics. But games aren’t just for kids. The average age of a gamer is 34 and gamers over 50 are the fastest-growing consumer demographic. Sixty-seven percent of…

Theoretical Orientation is Your Superpower

2021 Theoretical Orientation Effectively using Geek and Gaming culture in your work starts with relying on your theoretical orientation to conceptualize each case. Then, building on that with your geeky modality of choice. Dr. Janina Scarlet and Josué Cardona explain why using your theoretical orientation to conceptualize every case is so important, how it helps…

“I Am a Revolutionary:” Utilizing Popular Narratives to Treat Intergenerational Trauma

2021 “I am a Revolutionary” The goal of this presentation is to describe the role of intergenerational trauma in the lives of African Americans in the United States. In addition to outlining operational definitions of “Urban Trauma,” “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” and other aspects related to intergenerational trauma, the presenter will describe strategies for addressing…