EXPERTS TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AT SAFE COMMUNITIES MEETING
In partnership with the OC Health Care Agency, Supervisor Todd Spitzer will host a Safe Communities Meeting on Violent Video Gamese and their potential impact on the community.
At the meeting, law enforcement and clinical experts will discuss how violent video games impact the community. Attendees will learn how to identify warning signs of video game addiction and violent behavior. Speakers, which include Deputy Clay Cranford from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Mary Hale Director of Behavioral Health Services, Orange County Health Care Agency and Dr. Kenneth Woog, who is a Clinical Psychologist, will also discuss prevention strategies for parents. Community organizations will host information booths and provide additional resources.
“I am proud to sponsor this series of Safe Communities town halls, with the first in Irvine on mental illness, substance abuse, and violence, and then the second in North Tustin on bullying,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “This meeting on violent video games will be valuable learning experience as families learn to recognize signs of addiction and how to set gaming boundaries.”
The event is open to the community and is scheduled for May 27 from 6-8:00 pm at Columbus Tustin Middle School located at 17952 Beneta Way. For more information, contact OCHCA at (714) 834-2077.
The Safe Communities event flyer is available here.
When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Columbus Tustin Middle School @ 17952 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
- Deputy Clay Cranford, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
- Dr. Kenneth Woog, Clinical Psychologist
- Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District, Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors
- Mary Hale, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Orange County Health Care Agency
Clay Cranford is a thirteen-year law enforcement veteran, as both a police officer in the city of Irvine, California, and as a Deputy Sheriff for Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Currently, Clay is the Child Safety Deputy in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita. He is the School Resource Officer to 18 schools, a Crime Prevention Specialist, and a monitor for registered sex offenders in RSM that have a history of crimes against children. Clay is the creator of Cyber Safety Cop, an Internet and social media safety program. The Cyber Safety Cop program teaches parents and students about the inherent risks of social media and other web based platforms. The program focuses on promoting safe habits and how to respond to online threats. The Cyber Safety Program has been featured at the National Conference on Bullying, the Southwest Conference on Human Trafficking, the California Association of Crime Prevention Officers, and the National Association of School Resource Officers. Clay has appeared on “The Doctors” and Los Angeles CBS and NBC News to discuss various juvenile and school safety issues.
Dr. Kenneth Woog
Dr. Kenneth Woog is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Computer Addiction Treatment Program of Southern California. He has been researching and treating problematic computer use since 2002 and has developed a specialized behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatment protocol. Dr. Woog is also the Associate Director of Pepperdine University’s PRYDE program, the juvenile diversion program for the Orange County Sheriff’s department. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Woog was a part of the Orange County Sheriff’s School Mobile Assessment Resource Team providing violence risk evaluations. Besides having an MBA, two masters and a doctorate in psychology, Dr. Woog also has a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and has extensive computer and technology experience. He speaks publicly on problematic computer and technology use, has appeared on television, film documentaries and consults with clinicians and various organizations regarding this growing problem.
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