Webinar: Asking about online communities of support

Presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use at PSSP.

Asking about online communities of support: Narrative Therapy with a young man and his Discord server

This webinar explored gaming and technology use, with a focus on the role of online communities/spaces and what they mean for the people we support in our work. Narrative Therapy inquiry offers novel and exciting opportunities to explore membership in online communities, gaming collectives and virtual spaces. Whether it is through involvement in communication platforms such as Discord servers, or Team Speak or through informal groups through Facebook or WhatsApp, complexity and sophistication can be co-discovered in online communities. Vast possibilities exist around speaking about these groups and communities in Narrative Therapy and, in particular, the importance of these communities can be privileged and elevated instead of obscured or diminished, when we are supporting members of these communities.  

This webinar was intended for mental health and social service providers and included interactive components such as breakout rooms and opportunities to ask questions.  

Live event date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

This event has concluded and a recording is not available.

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Learning objectives

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

  1. Recognize the prevalence of online communities and the role they take in the lives of the people we consult with.
  2. Examine areas of inquiry when working with people involved in online communities.
  3. Construct practice questions through a video case example of a narrative therapy conversation.

Accreditation: Applications for accreditation have been submitted to the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and to the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.5 Continuing Education Units.


Dale Andersen-Giberson (He/Him) MSW, RSW, is a social worker with Ontario Tech University. Prior to working at Ontario Tech, Dale worked as a narrative therapist at West Durham Family Health Team in Pickering, Oolagen Community Services in Toronto and Pinewood Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Dale continues to be interested in constructions of gender and culture, responses to power and dominance and the methods that members use to make meaning out of difficult situations.

In 2016, The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work published Dale’s article titled, ‘What’s in a Game? Narrative Therapy approaches with people who have relationships with gaming and online communities’ [PDF].

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