Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Iowa

Video Game Addiction Help for Iowa Teens

Iowa families seek our video game rehab center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Iowa campers.  Our video game addiction rehab helps gamers develop the internal drive and motivation to focus on academics- not the latest video game. video game rehab

Lack of self-regulation is the common denominator that affects a student’s preoccupation with video games and a lack of focus on everything else: school, friends, chores, reading, and so on.  At Camp Pocono Trails, developing self-regulation skills is what we do.

Using a harm reduction approach, Camp Pocono Trails campers become enlightened as to the habit-forming qualities of video games and social media, in addition to how exposure to different types of online media can change your perceptions of violence or gender roles.  Our video game rehab uses a harm reduction approach because it’s not realistic to totally give up computers and smartphones.

Under a harm reduction approach, teens learn how to limit their time devoted to video games, and to make better choices about how they are using screens.  Many times campers are unaware of the harm they are causing by playing endless hours of video games. Our structured video game rehab will help your teen learn to make better decisions about their daily life choices.

Video Game Addiction Help: Individual and Group Therapy for Iowa Teens at Camp Pocono Trails

Teens at our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres receive individual and group therapy for video game addiction and internet overuse habits. We have licensed therapists helping teens develop insight and commit to new routines in life. In individual therapy, the issues are brought forth with one therapist listening and responding to the concerns. The type of feedback that is given, or if feedback is given, is dependent on the therapist’s training. The highly personal nature of the exchange between the therapist and student allows for a specific focus on the issues presented.

Group therapy, on the other hand, involves simultaneous interaction with people typically outside the client’s social and familial network: relative strangers.  Our campers can hear how video games have affected other’s lives and relationships. Input can be both given and received from other campers in this format.

We also have family therapy sessions where we help parents best support their teen upon their transition home from Camp Pocono Trails.  We discuss in family sessions how parents can reinforce positive feelings when a child sticks to their behavioral contract and we also encourage parents to reinforce negative feelings when the child fails to live up to behavioral expectations.

 

 

Video Game Addiction Help: Individual Therapy for Iowa Teens

At Camp Pocono Trails, we support individual therapy at our video game rehab program.  We can work in tandem with therapists back home in Iowa to ensure a smooth continuity of care.  We also recommend our families engage in family therapy sessions while your child is in attendance.  This is done during workshop weekends. video game rehab

However, sometimes a teen just needs a higher level of help than outpatient therapy can provide.  For outpatient therapy to be effective, the student needs to engage with the therapist. For example, most behavioral therapists have the student journal or track behaviors in order to change behaviors.  

If a student is unwilling to do these most basic components of help, parents should look at going up to the next level of intervention.  This can be a help center like Camp Pocono Trails which specializes in video game addiction help.

Military boarding schools or short-term options like camps for video game addiction help should be avoided.  Change takes time, and a punitive approach can result in a child pushing back against authority.

If Your Iowa  Need Only Feels Successful Online, Now is the Time for Help

Consider the cost of doing nothing.  If you send your child off to college not prepared to deal with unstructured time, how likely will they be in the 50% that fail to graduate college?  Consider the cost of wasted tuition, wasted time, and the cost of supporting your child back at home if they fail to thrive. Investing in Camp Pocono Trails is insignificant compared to the cost of failure.  

Best of all, we teach managing screen time in an actual school atmosphere.  Your child will be engaging in nature activities, sports, arts, and so much more.  There is no better setting to prepare a child for the independence of life after high school.

Now is the time for action.  If your teen is having negative interactions with others in school and missing out on social interactions, the window of opportunity is fast closing.  At Camp Pocono Trails, we can provide those corrective experiences your child needs to put them on the right path in life.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

Camp Pocono Trails helps teens struggling with issues similar to those below:
– Technology Addiction
– Autism Spectrum
– Social isolation
– Addictive Behaviors
– Low Self Esteem
– Social Issues
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Video game addiction
– ADHD
– Impulse Control
– School Refusal
– Family Conflict
– Trauma
– Poor Communication Skills
– Anxiety
– Depression

Resources

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: ESBR Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is the non-profit, self-regulatory body that assigns ratings for video games and apps so parents can make informed choices. The ESRB rating system encompasses guidance about age-appropriateness, content, and interactive elements.

As part of its self-regulatory role for the video game industry, the ESRB also enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible web and mobile privacy practices under its Privacy Certified program. ESRB was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

 

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: Steam Limits

Many gamers that come to Camp Pocono Trails use a Steam account to manage their game settings.  Here is a comprehensive guide for parents to manage your child’s Steam account.

Steam: Setting up Family View

We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If there are features of Steam that you would like to exclude from the experience, you can restrict access using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your own Steam account if you would rather they share your Steam Account.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5149-EOPC-9918


To enable Family View:

  • Log into the Steam account your child will use.
  • Click the Steam menu in the top menu bar.
  • Open the Settings option.
  • Go to the “Family” tab on the left side of the window that opens.
  • Click €œFamily View€ to start the Family View wizard.
  • Step through the wizard to select the content and features you€™d like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View.
  • Select and confirm your new PIN.

With any gaming company, we recommend you check game ratings and actually have your child demonstrate the game before allowing any unsupervised play.  You can also go on Youtube to watch a game €œwalk through€ to see how violence and adult themes are portrayed.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps Iowa Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from Iowa which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Des Moines Cedar Rapids Davenport Sioux Iowa City Waterloo West Des Moines Ames Council Bluffs Dubuque Ankeny