Montréal, QC 

Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

May 26 - May 27, 2020

Thursday May 31st, 2018

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Understanding Behavioural Addictions: A School Psychologist’s Perspective

Considerable attention has recently focused on child and adolescent behavioral addictions including excessive gaming and gambling. Dr. Derevensky will examine the prevalence of these disorders, diagnostic criteria, our current knowledge of risk factors, and possible intervention strategies for youth experiencing these problems. 

​As a result of this workshop, participants will learn:

  1. ​Understanding of the prevalence and diagnostic criteria associated with a gaming and gambling disorder
  2. Understanding of concomitant risk factors associated with behavioral addictions and their relationship to other forms of addictions
  3. The identification of strategies used for helping youth with behavioral disorders.

Jeffrey Derevensky, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. In addition to his administrative duties, he is currently the Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He has published widely in the fields of child development, developmental psychopathology, gambling studies and education and is on the editorial board of numerous journals. He has developed a comprehensive research program investigating many facets of adolescent risky behaviors with a particular emphasis on understanding youth gambling behaviors. He remains actively involved in basic and applied research, prevention, treatment, training and social policy development. Dr. Derevensky has been a consultant to gaming corporations and governments throughout the world and has provided expert testimony before legislative bodies in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He is the author of over 150 published refereed peer-reviewed journal articles, 60 book chapters, and 3 books. He is also the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.