25 episodes

Join host Tana Russell, Assistant Director of Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, as she discusses gambling and gaming with special co-hosts and internationally renowned subject matter experts. Together they journey to shine a light on the topic of gambling and gaming disorder with genuine care, humor, and a passion for knocking down barriers to care and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help.

Connections: Healthy Gambling and Gaming Evergreen CPG

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Join host Tana Russell, Assistant Director of Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, as she discusses gambling and gaming with special co-hosts and internationally renowned subject matter experts. Together they journey to shine a light on the topic of gambling and gaming disorder with genuine care, humor, and a passion for knocking down barriers to care and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help.

    Latino Advocacy: Heart and Community -S3E6

    Latino Advocacy: Heart and Community -S3E6

    Latina leader and researcher, Dr. Susie Villalobos, joins this Connections episode. She is the Director of the National Hispanic Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, and host of the “Latinos Con Voz” podcast. She gets real about what led her to this work, how she uncovers the needs of Latino communities, and the incredible teamwork that goes into the heart-driven dedication of making it happen.

    Resources: National Latino Behavioral Health Association: http://www.nlbha.org/ 2022 NLBHA Conference, Sept. 15-16: https://nlbhconference.com/

    National Hispanic Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center: https://attcnetwork.org/centers/national-hispanic-and-latino-attc/home

    National Hispanic Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/content/national-hispanic-latino-pttc Dr. Susie Villalobos biography: http://www.nlbha.org/index.php/board-bios/

    • 41 min
    Family Recovery from Gaming -S3E5

    Family Recovery from Gaming -S3E5

    Family Recovery from Gaming: A loving mother finds power and healing in her own recovery experience

    Guest Co-Host: Rhonda Hatefi with Oregonians for Gambling Awareness

    Guest: Carrie Lipe 

    Carrie is a loving mother of a son in recovery from Gaming Disorder. She shares her story of watching her son’s declining physical and mental health as she struggled to find answers and appropriate help for him. Her journey eventually led her to find help not only for her son, but also for herself, and to realize the power and healing of her own recovery experience.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Recovery from Sports Betting - S3E4

    Recovery from Sports Betting - S3E4

    Sharing his story of addiction and recovery from sports betting on American basketball, football and more, Dare joins us from Australia in hopes that his story might reduce stigma and help others recover.  He opens up about how it became an addiction, leading to huge financial and relationship losses, suicidal ideation, and eventually to a decision that changed everything.



    Resources:

    Problem Gambling Helpline: https://www.evergreencpg.org/help-and-hope/programs-and-services/helpline-info/

    DraftKings RG and self-exclusion page: https://sportsbook.draftkings.com/help/responsible-gaming?wpscn=responsible-gaming&wpcn=help&wpkw=https%3A%2F%2Fsportsbook.draftkings.com%2Fhelp%2Fresponsible-gaming&wpaffn=Google&wpsrc=Organic%20Search

    FanDuel RG and self-exclusion page: https://www.fanduel.com/responsible-play

    GamBan: https://gamban.com/

    WA State self-exclusion: https://www.wsgc.wa.gov/self-exclusion

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Women in Gaming - S3E3

    Women in Gaming - S3E3

    You may have heard that women are now nearly 50% of gamers, but that data generally includes all genres including mobile games.  When it comes to online multiplayer and first-person shooter games, it’s still very male-dominated.  What’s it like for women gamers in these settings?  Dr. McGinnis shares a fascinating view from her 20 years of experience as a female gamer, a researcher of video games and anger, and her experience as a professional counselor, about what it’s like for women in a male-dominated gamer culture.



    Special Guest:

    Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, SIP, BC-TMH, LCPC, NCC

    Associate Professor of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Coordinator



    Resource Links:


    McGinnis, C.Z.A.S. (2010). Psycho-spiritual components in Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter Xbox videogaming. Publication No. 3421137) [Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Maryland]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. https://www.proquest.com/openview/96e88da19272ea47a04b3149e8dc8866/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750
    Anger Works by AWI Institute https://www.anger.works/
    Gamequitters: https://gamequitters.com/
    Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous: https://internetaddictsanonymous.org/
    OLGA/OLG-Anon: https://www.olganon.org/home

    • 59 min
    Equity in Gaming - S3E2

    Equity in Gaming - S3E2

    Connections welcomes Kelvin Peprah, MA, LMCH, advocate and therapist on cultural/racial identity issues with a passion in working with youth and students of color. We talk about how people of color are represented in video game characters, players, and streamers, and what kind of impacts this might have on young gamers.  As well as the opportunities and potential that the gaming industry has to reduce discrimination and promote social justice and equity.  Have you noticed a difference?



    Resources:

    Peprah counseling: https://peprahcounseling.com/

    “Coding Blackness: A History of Black Video Game Characters”, Feb. 26, 2021: https://www.wired.com/story/black-character-history-video-games/

    “Confronting racial bias in video games”, June 21, 2020: https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/21/confronting-racial-bias-in-video-games/?guccounter=1

    ESA: “Video Game Industry Response to Nationwide Protests”, June 2, 2020: https://www.theesa.com/news/video-game-industry-response-to-nationwide-protests/

    “Views on gaming differ by race, ethnicity”, Dec. 17, 2015: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/17/views-on-gaming-differ-by-race-ethnicity/

    The 1000 Cut Journey - developed by the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

    Traveling While Black - A VR experience created by Roger Ross Williams, which takes in one of the safe restaurants listed in the Green Book.

     I AM A MAN - An interactive VR experience created by Derek Ham which chronicles circumstances surrounding the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in Nashville (1968)

    • 50 min
    The Pros and Cons of Telemental Health - S3E1

    The Pros and Cons of Telemental Health - S3E1

    Pros and Cons of Telemental Health – How to make the most of it

    This episode is a playback of one of our earlier ECPG LIVE! episodes. If you missed it then, you can catch it now! Telemental Health services are now available more than ever before and it looks like they aren’t going away. They have some clear benefits, as well as some drawbacks. Whether you are trying to determine if virtual counseling is right for you, a family member, or your own business, this episode will give you some good things to consider, and how to make the most of it.



    Referenced in this episode:

    William Castillo, Westwood Counseling: https://www.westwoodcounseling.net/

    Original Video, blog, and resources: https://www.evergreencpg.org/video/ecpg-live-the-pros-and-cons-of-telemental-health/

    • 44 min

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