GGTU Webinar: The impacts of gambling, esports gambling and gaming on adolescent mental health

Over the last decade, esports have gained significant popularity among adolescents. However, as popularity grows, so does the rising concern of problem gambling among those who engage in esports.

In this webinar, we explore:

Originally live streamed: Thursday, November 16, 2023
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Who should watch?

This webinar is best suited for mental health and addiction service providers. Practice recommendations will be highlighted throughout the presentation.

Learning objectives   

By the end of this webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Briefly discuss adolescence as a developmental period of increased risk for addictive behaviours
  2. Discuss the impact of gambling, esports gambling, and gaming on adolescence and the differences between the three
  3. Discuss how behavioural addictions impact the mental health of adolescents, and  
  4. Describe how clinicians can support youth who are experiencing addictive behaviours.


Applications for accreditation have been submitted to the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and to the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Presenter bio

Loredana Marchica PhD, is a bilingual licensed Psychologist.  She has a PhD in school/applied child psychology from McGill University and a master’s degree in child studies from Concordia University. She has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and their families including training at the Childhood Disorders Hospital in Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, The Montreal Children's Hospital and the Psychoeducational and Counseling Clinic at McGill University. Dr. Loredana currently works at the Montreal Children's Hospital full-time as a pediatric psychologist. She has clinical experience with a variety of issues such as anxiety disorders, chronic pain, mood disorders, emotion regulation difficulties, behavioural addictions (video gaming and gambling), developmental disorders, and social skills training. Dr. Loredana works within cognitive-behavioural and acceptance-commitment therapy approaches and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She is committed to providing an environment of trust and collaboration. Dr. Loredana has been in private practice part-time since 2020.

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