Dealing with Problem Gambling Webinar Series 2022

gambling tableThe North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) is pleased to offer a series of free webinars focusing on the treatment of problem gambling. The NCPGP, along with the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services, Morneau Shepell, and UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work/Behavioral Health Springboard work together to bring to our state the Sure Bet Training Series, and to develop the NCPGP Provider Registry. These beginner level webinars are intended to educate NCPGP Providers, as well as other behavioral health providers, about risk factors, incidence rates, impact, and treatment strategies for working with people with problematic gambling behavior. For more information on the NCPGP visit: https://morethanagamenc.com

Date            Speaker Title
March 4, 2022 Michael Fox Introduction to Adolescents with Co-occurring Mental Health & Substance/Addiction Disorders Part 2
March 10, 2022 Victor Ortiz Gambling effects on LatinX Communities
March 25, 2022 Michael Fox  Introduction to Engagement Strategies: Adolescents with Co-occurring Needs and their Families Part 1
March 30, 2022 Hilarie Cash The Intersection of video gaming, gambling, ADD and ASD
April 11, 2022 Dr Ed Spector Treating the Compulsive Use of Technology
April 29, 2022 Michael Fox MI & ACORNs- Motivational Interviewing Adolescents with Co-occurring Risks and Needs Part 1
May 6,2022 Michael Fox MI & ACORNs- Motivational Interviewing Adolescents with Co-occurring Risks and Needs Part 2
May 26, 2022 Jody Bechtold Effective engagement techniques for parents and adolescents about gambling and gaming
May 27, 2022 Michael Fox Introduction to Engagement Strategies: Adolescents with Co-occurring Needs and their Families Part 2
June 10, 2022 Dr Leanne Quigley Stigma associated with problem gambling
June 15, 2022 Dr. John Singer Youth Suicide Risk and Problem Gambling
June 23, 2022 Christina Rakor Thankin Gen Y

Target audience:
Mental health professionals including psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, pastoral counselors, school counselors, as well as clergy, school administrators, recreational therapists, peer support specialists and all those interested in learning about problem gambling.

Times:
All webinars will occur live from 12 pm – 1 pm

Registration:
All webinars are free. However, pre-registration is required.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083 no later than ten business days before the program.

Inclement Weather Policy: Any announcements regarding changes to the schedule due to inclement weather will be posted on http://bhs.unc.edu. Registered participants will also be notified by email.

Continuing Education:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  Each successfully completed webinar qualifies for 1 contact hour.

This course is pending approval from the North Carolina Addiction Specialist Professional Practice Board for 1 SS contact hours.

An IGCCB Preferred Provider

Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:
We will confirm your registration by email after registration is received. The email will contain instructions on how to join the webinar along with the link. Successful completion includes full attendance for the entire day. Within 7 days of the conclusion of the webinar, you will receive an email notifying you that the evaluations and certificates are ready. The email will include a link to https://bhs.unc.edu where you can log in using the username and password you chose at registration. Once you have logged in, you will see the training titles listed under "My Courses" on the left side. After clicking on the link, you will be taken to another page where you can click the link to the event evaluation. Once you have completed and submitted your evaluation, you can click on the link to access the Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate will be emailed to you as a PDF document.

Presenter Information: See the "Presenters" tab above.

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5/26/2022 Effective engagement techniques for parents and adolescents about gambling and gaming

Parents often struggle with understanding video games and how to best manage their adolescents’ gaming activities. Gaming activities often become the source of yelling, threats, and punishments when parents don’t know how to respond. This workshop will cover the basics of engaging adolescents and parents in healthy conversations about gaming and where gambling occurs. You will learn to help guide parents on how to improve how they and their teens relate to video games, reduce punishments, and increase health gaming behaviors.

Presenter: Jody Bechtold

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the prevalence and impact of gaming in the US.
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of when gaming is and is not a problem
  3. Develop strategies to use evidence-based strategies with parents as it relates to gaming and gambling behavior. 

Agenda

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

 


5/27/2022 Introduction to Engagement Strategies: Adolescents with Co-occurring Needs and their Families Part 2

Engagement is the foundation upon which therapeutic change is built. While this may sound exaggerated or dramatic, consider that the most basic measure of engagement is attendance – and without attendance, therapeutic change is not possible. Engagement is notoriously difficult with adolescents – combining challenges of the developmental period with the recognition that few enter treatment (or juvenile justice involvement) at their own request. Adding to this challenge, youth referred to intensive therapy matched to co-occurring needs are often experiencing higher levels of risks, school deficits and family conflicts. While successful and sustained changes are greatest with combined youth and family engagement and involvement, the challenges for this systemic engagement grow exponentially. This two-part training series introduces ideas about identifying areas of challenges in collaborative youth and family engagements and offers guided strategies toward increasing success in this area.

Presenter: Michael Fox

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish and outline potential challenges, blocks and ‘traps’ to both youth and family engagement in the contexts of high(er) need, home-based treatment and juvenile justice involvement.
  2. Develop strategies for avoiding, confronting and/or addressing these challenges, blocks and ‘traps’ in realistic and applicable terms.

Agenda

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

 


6/10/2022 Stigma associated with problem gambling

Gambling disorder is highly stigmatized by the general public. Stigma has serious consequences for individuals suffering from gambling disorder, including interfering with treatment-seeking, reducing self-esteem and self-efficacy, and promoting social withdrawal. This webinar will review theoretical conceptualizations and research findings on the stigmatization of gambling disorder. Research on interventions aimed at preventing and reducing stigma of gambling disorder will also be discussed. Lessons learned from efforts to destigmatize other mental health disorders, and how that knowledge may be applied to gambling disorder, will be considered.

Presenter: Dr Leanne Quigley

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the extent and nature of public stigma of gambling disorder compared to other psychological disorders.
  2. Explain the harms associated with the stigmatization of gambling disorder.
  3. Summarize intervention strategies that may be used to reduce public stigma of gambling disorder.

Agenda

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


6/15/2022 Youth Suicide Risk and Problem Gambling

The webinar/workshop will define and review myths, terminology, and reasons regarding suicide. We will review the research on suicide and gambling disorders and how COVID may have impacted both. We will discuss screening tools to use with clients that may present risk for suicide. And lastly, we will identify several risk and protective factors for individuals with gambling disorders.

Presenter: Dr. Johnathan Singer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between preferred and problematic terms for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
  2. Discuss current research for suicide and gambling disorders.
  3. Identify three risk factors of individuals with gambling disorder for suicidality.

Agenda

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


6/23/2022 Gen Z

Meet Generation Z. Predicted to be the biggest generation group in the history of the planet ever and coming to a gambling site near you soon. During this session we'll look at how we need to re-think everything we know about problem gambling to address the challenges of a new generation that marches to a very different beat. We need to act now.

Presenter: Christina Rakor Thankin

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the values and belief systems; behavioral characteristics, traits and attitude; life and lifestyle of this generation contributions to a generation that is pre-conditioned to become problem gamblers.
  2. Recognize their world and their relationship with betting, gambling and winning’ and why we need to re-think pretty much everything we know about problem gamblers

Agenda

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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Problem Gambling Webinar Series Continuing Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  Each successfully completed webinar qualifies for 1 contact hour.

This course is pending approval from the North Carolina Addiction Specialist Professional Practice Board for 1 SS contact hours. 

An IGCCB Preferred Provider

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Dr. Jeffrey DerevenskyDr Jeffrey Derevensky     
Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., is James McGill Professor and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is a clinical consultant to numerous hospitals, school boards, government agencies and corporations. Dr. Derevensky has published widely in the field of gambling, adolescence, and developmental psychopathology and is on the editorial board of multiple journals. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, 60 book chapters and 4 books related to gambling disorders and behavioral addictions as well as being on the editorial board of multiple journals. Dr. Derevensky is the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. Dr. Derevensky and his team have helped governments establish research priorities and have been instrumental in the development of responsible practices, the development of treatment centers, prevention programs and social policy recommendations. He is a child psychologist, has testified before governmental bodies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australasia and is considered an expert in the field of youth gambling and behavioral addictions.

Dr. Stephanie L. Diez-MorelDr. Stephanie L Diez-Morel
Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel (pronouns are she/her) is an assistant professor of graduate social work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Diez-Morel is an invited member of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) task force for Internet Gaming Disorder to discuss the public health implications of gaming and inclusion of Gaming disorder in the DSM-5- TR. She has authored numerous scientific presentations and journal articles, as well as appeared in the media on a variety of radio, podcasts, and news outlets to discuss the topic of addictions, gaming disorder and other technology-based addictions.

In 2013, Dr. Diez-Morel founded Reboot & Recover, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, prevention, treatment, and research on gaming disorder and other technology-based addictions. Dr. Diez-Morel earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University where she was awarded a student scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellowship offered through the Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a C-SALUD Student Scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellow, Dr. DiezMorel’s research contributed to the reduction and prevention of health disparities affecting the Latinx populations in the United States.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Dr. Diez-Morel has worked within nonprofit community organizations and in community hospitals providing direct clinical services to children, families, and adults experiencing addiction. In addition, she has provided education and consultation to address addictions among various communities including medical professionals, educators, caregivers, and school aged children. Dr. Diez-Morel is the recipient of the 2019 Most Next Award for Innovation awarded by the AICP Foundation in recognition of her problematic gaming prevention work with Reboot & Recover. In 2020 she was granted the New York University NIH Visiting Mentor Development Award for Addiction Research. Dr. Diez-Morel utilizes her expertise in behavioral health and addictions to serve in her role as a board member of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) and as a gaming expert consultant with the telehealth company Kindbridge. Dr. Diez-Morel continues her clinical practice as she is dually licensed in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania. Her clinical practice areas include: addictions, behavioral addictions, behavioral health, co-occurring disorders, and mental health. Her research interests include: Cyberpsychology; gaming disorder; behavioral addictions; substance use/misuse and substance use disorders; co-occurring disorders; and intersections of trauma and health. Dr. Diez-Morel’s research can be accessed via her ResearchGate Profile and GoogleScholar Profile.

Daniel Trolaro
Daniel J. Trolaro is the Assistant Executive Director for the NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling.  He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BS in Finance and a concentration in Economics.  He also holds his MS in Psychology from California Coast University.  Dan has spoken at dozens of events around the country about internet and mobile device gambling as well as emerging trends in sports gambling Whether speaking on prevention strategies, treatment resources, responsible gaming or recovery resources, Dan discusses the concept of gambling, addiction switching, co-occurrence, and behaviors associated with this devastating addiction.

Gabriella Drouillard-Moser
Gabriella is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate in North Carolina. She completed dual Bachelor’s degrees at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Sociology and History with minors in Psychology and Literature. She later graduated from Boston College with dual Master’s degrees in Theology and Pastoral Counseling and Mental Health Counseling in Clinical Psychology.

Gabriella’s thesis was focused on how to best engender hope in one’s clients by living out hope within your own life and therapy practices. She has experience working in a clinic setting using a combination of medicated withdrawal and therapy to best treat long-term addiction as well as working in a private practice doing addiction counseling with teens and adults. Gabriella provides drug screening, consultations, individual and group counseling in Lewisville NC. She specializes in treating addiction, problem gambling and gambling disorder for adolescents and adults with a dual diagnosis.

Gabriella specialized in communication after her first career in business as a woman in the corporate world. She employs many interventions in her work with adolescents using a blended method which includes EFT, reality therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, etc. with a strength-based perspective. She is also a North Carolina problem gambling adolescent program provider. Gabriella’s dedication to working with adolescents in the addiction realm, weather that be substances, screen/gaming or gambling addiction is directly combatting long tern addictions with a proactive approach.

Michael FoxMichael Fox
Michael is a consultant and trainer with the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, part of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. CIP is a Coordinating Center of Excellence for children’s behavioral health for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service and is a collaborative partner with the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), providing content expertise on Intensive Home-Based Behavioral Treatment and integrated treatment approaches for youth experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Michael provides program consultation, technical assistance and clinical trainings to providers in Ohio and around the country regarding youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, intensive home-based approaches to treatment and intentionally integrated treatment. He started in the adult addictions field when substance use and mental health treatments were deeply siloed – and has been moving intentionally toward integrated and systemic approaches ever since.

Victor OrtizVictor Ortiz MSW, LADC I, CADC II 
Victor Ortiz is a social worker with over twenty five years of experience in the development of programs and services in the area of addiction, youth development, child welfare, and behavioral health. He has worked extensively with a wide range of populations, especially in addressing health disparities, promoting equity and social justice. Victor has served in various professional positions aimed at improving access, and advocacy of care for individuals and families.

In 2009, Victor received his BSW from Anna Maria College; He was recognized for academic excellence while serving as a mentor to many students seeking professional guidance. Victor received national scholarship recognition from the National Association of Social Workers and The Council on Social Work Education for his many years of advocacy in the Latinx community. In 2010, Victor received his MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work. Victor’s professional and personal experiences have contributed to many op-eds and publications, and was a contributor in the book: Responsible Gambling: Primary Stakeholders Perspective.

Victor is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and educator in the areas of addiction, gambling disorders, and health disparities and equity. Victor is currently the Director of the Office of Problem Gambling Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Hilarie CashDr. Hilarie Cash
In 2009 Dr. Hilarie Cash co-founded reSTART Life, where she is Chief Clinical Officer. reSTART is a residential program (first in the US or Canada) designed explicitly for adults and adolescents who are experiencing addiction to the Internet and video games, as well as other mental health problems. In addition, reSTART offers a transition program for adults and outpatient services.

She began her work in the emerging field of Internet addiction in the mid-90's. By 1999 she had co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (now closed) in Redmond, WA. In 2008, she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control and in 2009, she co-founded reSTART Life. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and a workbook published by the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She has been training parents, therapists, researchers and educators since the 1990’s. All these ongoing endeavors have brought her recognition as one of the nation's leading clinical experts in the growing field of Internet and Gaming Disorder.

Jody BechtoldJody Bechtold
Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively across the globe with individuals, organizations, and associations. She is the CEO of The Better Institute, a group practice located in Pittsburgh. She is the co-author of The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and 2 chapters in the Social Work Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2021. She serves as the Vice President of the board for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Jody holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and has certifications as a Board-Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor Level II (ICGC-II) with the IGCCB. When Jody isn’t working, you can find her providing pet therapy with her dog, Hanna, and supporting her husband’s business, Pittsburgh Guitars. Please email jody@betterinstitute.com or visit www.BetterInstitute.com to contact Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, PC.

Dr Ed SpectorDr. Ed Spector
Dr. Spector is a nationally recognized expert in digital addiction. Since 2009, Dr. Spector has specialized in the treatment of compulsive tech use in his Maryland based private practice. His work has been recognized via media appearances on Good Morning America, Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, NPR’s the Diane Rehm show, as well as Channel 4 and Channel 5 local News. He is a sought after speaker and presenter at national conferences focusing on innovative and ground breaking treatments for addiction and mental health as it relates to digital media. He has consulted with or been highlighted in numerous articles about digital wellness including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Voice of America, The Baltimore Sun, Scholastic Magazine, rewire.org, and Bethesda Magazine. He resides in Washington DC with his wife, 2 kids and 2 fish tanks.

Dr. Leanne Quigley 
Dr Leanne QuigleyLeanne Quigley is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, and a predoctoral residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Quigley’s research focuses primarily on cognitive, affective, and motivational mechanisms of emotional disorders. In collaboration with colleagues at CAMH, she is currently conducting a longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research examining cognitive control biases as a vulnerability factor for relapse to depression. Dr. Quigley has additional research interests in mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioral therapies, the etiology and treatment of depersonalization disorder, and the stigmatization of psychological disorders.

Christina Rakor ThankinChristina Rakor Thankin
Christina has 30 years’ experience working in the betting and gambling industry with a career spanning all aspects of gaming operations, regulatory compliance and money laundering across both land, online and multi/omni-channel.

Previously holding pivotal senior roles with some of world’s leading brands such as William Hill and Virgin managing multiple teams and functions across a range of channels and products. She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups and associations across the world, advising on all aspects of betting, gaming and gambling. She is a practicing Regulatory Compliance and recognized trainer with particular focus on  Player Safety and Responsible Gambling and the prevention of Money Laundering and Crime.

She is a committee member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, advisor to the All India Gaming Federation, Co-Chair of Gamshield and Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project as well as contributing to industry publications and events. She holds a B.A. Hons, M.A. PGCert.
 


 

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