05/19/2021 At Risk: Problem Gambling and the Criminal Justice System

Gambling is a socially acceptable activity that can take place in virtually any setting. Whether in person or online, the concept of risking something for value to win with an uncertain outcome has a certain allure and excitement attached regardless of location. This is especially true within the criminal justice population. Gambling may help provide action or excitement or to escape, cope, or adjust to the stressors of life. While it is often viewed as a harmless activity, it can also lead to destructive decisions and problem gambling for some. This workshop will first identify the basics of problem and disordered gambling. Next, participants will examine the factors and considerations for problem gambling among those involved in the Criminal Justice system. Lastly, we will identify alternatives to incarceration and strategies that can and should be leveraged to foster a meaningful and sustainable recovery.

Presenter: Daniel Trolaro

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the connection between problem gambling and criminal justice involved individuals.
  2. Identify and learn of techniques, programs, and resources available for those who have been involved in the criminal justice system.


12:00-12:05pm – Introductions of presenters and helpline information
12:05-12:45pm – Lecture of material
12:45-12:55pm – Discussion questions, case presentation, interaction (as needed)
12:55-1:00pm – Closing comments

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