The first CPD Group Accredited Gaming Addiction Course to be released in the UK by College of life was devised by a father and son living in Cumbria.
The accredited course raises the issues around the increasing concerns with children and young people becoming ‘addicted’ to video gaming and offers real insight to the health and financial/educational problems associated with the addiction.
The World Health Organisation now classify Video Gaming as a Disorder.
Gaming disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behaviour (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.
The Gaming Addiction accredited CPD Course is now being made available online at £12.25 and is an ideal course for all practitioners working with children and young people and also for frustrated parents and care providers.
The course offers an alternative way to combat gaming addiction; rather than fighting what can feel like a losing battle for many people, the course educates everyone about gaming and provides first-hand experience from the perspective of the gamer and the parent or carer/educator who has concern.