Dr. Anthony Bean (@VideoGameDoc) Chats Video Games and Our Mental Health with #SPSM. September 8th, 2019. 9pm ET.

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This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Marie Shanley (@Mxiety), Danielle Glick (@danielleglick),  and Hudson Harris (@MentalStrategy) discuss “The Right to Suicide” with Guest Dr. Anthony Bean (@VideoGameDoc). Anthony Bean, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Depth Psychologist, video game researcher, and the Executive Director at The Telos Project, a thriving nonprofit mental health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas which focuses on video gamers and their families. Dr. Bean utilizes video game character identification techniques and other archetypal experiences to understand and develop intrinsic motivations for playing, personal identity, and discovering conscious and unconscious conflicts, cognitions, and behaviors. Watch as we discuss issues such as “Can video games help our mental health?” “How can video games prevent suicide?” “Can video games cause people to be more violent?” “How do video game characters help us cope?”

You can learn more about Dr. Bean and his work at AnthonyBean.com.

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Content Warning: SPSM Chat contains extensive discussion of suicide (attempt survivor, loss survivor, chronic suicidal thoughts). However, suicide prevention best practices and safe messaging are considered and encouraged.

 

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Dr. Anthony Bean is a Licensed Clinical Depth Psychologist, video game researcher, and the Executive Director at The Telos Project, a thriving nonprofit mental health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas which focuses on video gamers and their families.  He has been consulted as an expert for CNN, Inverse, Polygon, and internationally for Gehirn & Geist, while also appearing on Radio, Podcasts, and being a sought after Keynote Speaker and conference speaker in the United States, Canada, and Russia.  He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and specialize in the therapeutic implications of video games and gaming, working with children and adolescents, and the use of video game character identification as a therapeutic technique. He has also authored multiple academic articles, book chapters, and the two books Working with Video Gamers and Games in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide (Routledge, 2018) and The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series (Ben Bella, 2019) while being active on twitter.(@VideoGameDoc).

Additionally, Dr. Bean specializes in video games, children & adolescents, and the virtual worlds played in.  He is considered an expert in this growing field, has been published extensively in the discipline.  He works with children, adolescents, and adults who  play video games and their families to better understand the immersive effects video games have upon the individual and resulting family dynamics. Dr. Bean utilizes video game character identification techniques and other archetypal experiences to understand and develop intrinsic motivations for playing, personal identity, and discovering conscious and unconscious conflicts, cognitions, and behaviors.  He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults on discovering their own symbolic transformations through the playing of video games and dealing with depression, trauma, anxiety, social isolation, and other common diagnoses to great success.

Dr. Bean currently teaches at local colleges in person and online on the concepts of psychology, video games, life experiences, and how they are overlaid upon our lives.  He is a regular guest of other radio shows and podcasts.  If you would like to have him on your show, podcast, conference panel or for any other questions; he can be reached at anthonymbeanphd@gmail.com.

 

DR. ANTHONY BEAN IN THE NEWS:

CNN: WHO classifies ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health condition

Inverse: Psychologists Criticize WHO Decision to Recognize ‘Gaming Disorder’

Inven (Korea, Use Google Translate): List of official WHO game disabilities, listened to experts from domestic and overseas

Polygon: ‘Gaming disorder’ classified as a mental health condition, but is the move premature? Many scientists continue to be skeptical

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