For the past 28 years, Michelle has worked through the continuum of care in the addiction field. She has achieved certifications in Gambling, Addictions, Internet Addiction and Psychology of The Web, and is a Registered Social Service Worker. Michelle is currently working at Homewood Community Addictions Services as a Problem Gambling Counsellor and teaches Understanding Relapse Prevention at Wilfrid Laurier University (Addiction Certificate Program).
In Michelle’s professional role, she has seen a crossover from gambling to gaming and vice versa and notes many similarities between the two behaviours. For the past 7 years, she has been delving into the fascinating world of video gaming and has had the opportunity to present on video gaming to diverse audiences (parents, youth, teachers, Social Workers, Child and Youth Workers, Psychologists and other helping professionals) at a variety of forums.
Her first book, My Parents Aren’t NOOBS!, co-authored by Anthea Helps and illustrated by Jay Dixon, is a heartfelt story that offers children (age 5-8) and parents helpful information in promoting healthy gaming habits (communication, limit setting, game ratings and balance/ variety).
My Parents Aren’t NOOBS! (Saplings Press, 2016)