Free Webinar: Trends that Barely Last a Fortnite: Keeping Up with Gaming & Gambling and Addressing the Issues for Emerging Adults During COVID-19

Presented by Julie Hynes
May 7, 2020
1-2 pm EST

The world of what we have considered “gambling” has shifted dramatically in recent years, and exposure to gambling within video games is eye opening, especially taking COVID-19 into consideration. In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of recent trends in video gaming and how these trends have blurred the lines between what is gaming and gambling. We will focus on what the research says about the public health risks facing emerging adults, discussing how COVID-19 has augmented the need to address these issues, and provide practical recommendations that can be applied in professional and personal settings.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three recent trends in video gaming and gambling.
  2. Explain how COVID-19 has escalated the need to address public health risks facing emerging adults.
  3. Identify some practical tools and strategies for use in their professional and personal settings.

Julie Hynes is the Executive Director of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. She has focused her work on addictions & problem gambling prevention since 2002, with roles as the Director of Responsible Gambling with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, coordinator of a problem gambling prevention program in Oregon, instructor at the University of Oregon, co-investigator of the largest survey of publicly funded problem gambling services in the United States, and problem gambling consultant providing training and technical assistance across the U.S. In 2012, Julie was honored with the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Wuelfing Prevention Award for her work in helping advance the field of problem gambling prevention and awareness. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling and a Certified Prevention Specialist.

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