A huge thanks to UTS Clinical Psychology for the invitation to present about gaming addiction (sometimes called internet gaming disorder), managing therapeutic resistance and effective CBT tools. I got a chance to share my experiences and some of the common barriers to getting a great therapeutic outcome. In addition, I am very thankful and privileged to be giving back to the profession.

I briefly covered:

  1. Common barriers to those engaging in treatment of gaming addiction, porn addiction and other digital addictions
  2. The Pros and Cons of gaming, and the importance of recognising the benefit of gaming in those are reluctant to change their gaming habits
  3. The importance of practicing what you preach: Mastering the tools, then you better teach them to your clients.
  4. Some therapist errors to avoid and how to rectify them.

A special thanks to Dr. John McAloon, Prof Ian Kneebone and Dr. Jo Paparo who have passed on their wisdom to me in the past and continue to do so with the next generation of clinicians!

Some references for attendees:

  • Motivational Interviewing by Rollnick & Miller
  • Paradoxical Agenda Setting by David Burns

Also, happy to answer any follow up questions. Get in touch luke@lukevuphd.com.au



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Luke Vu is a registered psychologist practising in Maroubra Junction, supporting those who struggle with substance and online addictions. Call me or send me a message today.