Cheating vs. Being a Cheater: How to Reduce Cheating in Games - 1 CE Hour

Video games are designed to grab our attention, to motivate us to play, and to enjoy ourselves as we do it. In this lecture, Dr. Jamie Madigan will explore some of the most common psychological levers that game designers use to get players engaged.

Cheating vs. Being a Cheater: How to Reduce Cheating in Games

About this Training

This lecture will explore the social nature of cheating in online games and its effects on people’s identity. Beyond flagrant cheating through the use of nefarious software like trainers or aimbots, it will look at more mundane violations of rules such as disconnecting when losing, buying grey market accounts that have been leveled up, or exploiting bugs in the game. This talk will also look at research on the “viral” nature of dishonest behavior and what implications cheating has on our self-esteem and identity when framed in different ways.

Cheating vs. Being a Cheater: How to Reduce Cheating in Games

Learning Objectives


Analyze situations so that cheating and other dishonest behaviors are less likely to spread through a group setting.


Assess warnings and anti-cheating messages to best leverage players’ desire to protect their identity in group settings.


Compile two kinds of social comparisons that may be counterproductive despite being convenient or obvious.

Play Therapy

Learning Objectives


Participants will be able to define play therapy and identify the 10 seminal theories and historically relevant approaches that guide play therapy practice.


Participants will identify two play therapy interventions that combine characters, themes, and/or narratives present in video games that harness the therapeutic power of play for supporting the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, adults, and/or families.

1 APA Hour Upon Completion
Geek Therapeutics is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Geek Therapeutics maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
1 NBCC Hour Upon Completion
Geek Therapeutics has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Geek Therapeutics is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
1 ACE CE Hour Upon Completion
Geek Therapeutics, #1769, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Geek Therapeutics maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2022 – 05/19/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education hour.
1 APT CE Hour Upon Completion
Geek Therapeutics, #21-649, is approved to offer continuing education by the Association of Play Therapy (APT)Approved Continuing Education program. Registered and Associated Play Therapists completing this course receive 1 continuing education hour.


Jamie Madigan Ph.D.

Jamie Madigan

Jamie Madigan Ph.D. has become an expert on the psychology of video games and seeks to popularize an understanding of how various aspects of psychology can be used to understand why games are made how they are and why their players behave as they do. Dr. Madigan has written extensively on the subject for magazines, websites, his own site at, and in two books: Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them and The Engagement Game: Why Your Work Place Culture Should Look More Like a Video Game. He has also appeared as an expert on the psychology of video games in outlets such as Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, The Atlantic, and others.

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Understand Your Clients

Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

Learn From A Leader In The Field

Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.


Become Knowledgeable In The Culture

Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

  • Available in Text format to read.
  • Available as a PDF to download, print, read.
  • Available in Video format to watch and listen.
  • Online Learning Objectives Quiz to test your topic learning/retention.
  • A mandatory continuing education course evaluation.
  • Here are the next steps!

Other Information

Access is provided to the course via email after registration and payment is made.

System Requirements: A computer and a stable internet connection.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals.

Content Level: Beginner

Course Completion Requirements: Completing all sections of the training of written information, video completion, learning objectives quiz, and course evaluation.  Evaluations are part of the coursework.  The certificate will then be generated immediately after all requirements have been completed.

Date Recorded: 2/28/2022

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