Dealing with Problem Gambling Webinar Series

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
July 9, 2020 Dr. Paul Lanier Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a Social Determinant of Health: The Latest in Research and Practice
July 23, 2020 Dr. David Ledgerwood Psychosocial Treatments: Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavior Therapy
August 6, 2020 Marc Lefkowicz Understanding Gamblers Anonymous - The First Gambling Treatment Program
August 20, 2020 Michael Werner How SMART Recovery an Evidence-Based Addiction Program can help you
September 4, 2020 Don Feeney Talkin' 'Bout My Generation: Generational Differences in Gambling Attitudes and Behavior
September 17, 2020 Robby Fuqua

Ethics in the Digital Age

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.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, #1406, 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.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 08/10/2019 – 08/10/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers successfully completing each webinar will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hour for each webinar.

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

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is an Approved Provider by the National Council on Problem Gambling, NCPG CEU Approved Provider Number 08/801.  1 contact hour.

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.

Please watch this page as the other topics in the series will be opened as details are confirmed.

 

7/9/2020 Webinar: Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a Social Determinant of Health: The Latest in Research and Practice - Dr. Paul Lanier, MSW

Research findings from the Kaiser-CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study have greatly influenced our understanding of childhood adversity as a social determinant of health. As social awareness of the problem has increased, so too has interest in effective clinical and policy responses to ACEs. However, as an observational epidemiological study, the ACEs research provides strong evidence about the damaging health impacts of ACEs but little guidance on how to prevent and intervene. Therefore, new research is needed to translate the ACEs research into policy and practice, particularly in the health care system. This workshop will 1) provide an overview of what we know and do not know from the ACEs research, and 2) review the current evidence regarding promising and evidence-based interventions to respond to ACEs. Both topics will describe national evidence but specifically highlight evidence and examples from North Carolina.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the key findings, and limitations, of the ACEs study focusing specifically on the burden on individual and public health;
  2. Identify the best available evidence regarding current interventions and strategies to address ACEs;
  3. List promising approaches and initiatives in North Carolina to address ACEs in policy and clinical practice.

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

Contact Hrs: 1:00


7/23/2020 Webinar: Psychosocial Treatments: Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavior Therapy - Dr. David Ledgerwood

Psychotherapies can be very helpful in treating individuals with gambling disorder, however to date, very few have undergone rigorous research to establish their effectiveness. This presentation reviews evidence for the effectiveness of two approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This presentation also provides an overview of the key theoretical principles of these two therapy approaches.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Describe the research evidence for Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for gambling disorder
  2. Summarize an overview of Motivational Interviewing for gambling disorder
  3. Summarize an overview of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for 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

Contact Hrs: 1:00


8/6/2020 Webinar: Understanding Gamblers Anonymous - The First Gambling Treatment Program - Marc Lefkowicz, ICGC-II

This workshop will be an overview of the Gamblers Anonymous Recovery Program. Topics included are: history of Gamblers Anonymous; 12-Steps of Unity and Recovery; literature; finding and attending a meeting; guests attending a meeting; similarities and differences with other 12-Step programs; sponsorship; and “pressure relief”. Implications on the pandemic and its effect on Gamblers Anonymous and Gamanon will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish the mechanics of Gamblers Anonymous and how it differs from clinical treatment and other 12-Step programs.
  2. Recognize the process of sending clients to Gamblers Anonymous and how a therapist can attend a Gamblers Anonymous meeting.
  3. Describe Gamblers Anonymous and its procedures on financial recovery.

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

Contact Hrs: 1:00


8/20/2020 Webinar: How SMART Recovery an Evidence-Based Addiction Program can help you - Michael Werner

SMART Recovery© is a nonprofit, volunteer, alternative evidence based, self-help program for addictive behavior, including all types of drugs (including prescription, non-prescription), alcohol and nicotine as well as other addictive/compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, eating and sex. Based on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), SMART Recovery© emphasizes that you are not powerless, but in fact that you are the only person who has the power to change your addictive behavior(s). We provide education, some tools and a supportive group to help you (and each other!).

Learning Objectives 

  1. Describe SMART recovery, an evidence based nonreligious addiction program now on six continents, Federal prisons, California and Texas prisons, and 27 countries.
  2. Recognize REBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, as applied to addictions and other tools to help you
  3. Discover a BioPsychoSocial basis for addictions
  4. Identify the biological basis for addictions

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

Contact Hrs: 1:00


9/4/2020 Webinar: Talkin' 'Bout My Generation: Generational Differences in Gambling Attitudes and Behavior - Don Feeney

The generation into which we’re born has a profound effect on everything from our taste in music to our comfort level with technology. It also has a surprisingly strong influence on our gambling, from the types of games we like to play to our attitudes about gambling policy and to our beliefs about problem gambling. These attitudes are shaped by formative events, the cultural images to which we are exposed, and the policies established by the prior generation. For those engaged in problem gambling treatment, prevention and awareness generational differences carry with them potentially unconscious biases both in our clients and in ourselves. This presentation will draw upon cultural images and data from a wide variety of sources to explore these differences and will include a discussion of the effects of generational bias and how we might adapt our communications to best reach and understand members of each generation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe differences and similarities between generations as they affect gambling beliefs and attitudes.
  2. Discover the origins of these differences to better understand the unique experience of each generation.
  3. Identify biases resulting from these differences and how these differences might affect communication with members of generations different from our own.

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

Contact Hrs: 1:00


9/17/2020 Webinar: Considerations for Mental Health Practitioners in a Digital Age

Technology has progressed communities in several different ways that have impacted both social and vocational lifestyles in today’s world. This digital age has created a much “smaller world” through improved communication processes for varying areas of business. The healthcare industry is no exception to these developments and this includes the mental health field. Behavioral health clinicians now operate in a much different world than they did just twenty years ago. Often times, professional and personal boundaries get blurred when navigating these new communication and social media platforms that have recently developed in this very sensitive industry. Learn about the important things that a private practitioner in the mental health field must consider when working in this new landscape.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover the two digital types of people in today’s technological world
  2. Name three reasons to market your business on social media
  3. Identify six areas of technology to consider when writing a digital media policy

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

Contact Hrs: 1:00

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.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, #1406, 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.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 08/10/2019 – 08/10/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers successfully completing each webinar will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hour for each webinar.

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

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is an Approved Provider by the National Council on Problem Gambling, NCPG CEU Approved Provider Number 08/801.  1 contact hour.

Robby FuquaROBBY  FUQUA, LCSW     
Robby Fuqua is an experienced LCSW that has served as an EAP account manager, providing utilization reporting, consultative services, and mental health and wellness training to several companies in many different industries. As a clinical associate, Robby provided counseling services to compulsive gamblers. As the Training & Program Manager of the Responsible Gambling Department at Morneau Shepell, Robby provides training programs for clinicians to treat compulsive gambling disorder in Illinois and North Carolina. Robby also collaborated with Mississippi Council of Problem and Compulsive Gambling and the Mississippi Gaming Commission to educate casino staff across the state of Mississippi by providing Responsible Gaming training. Robby has a bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of North Texas and a Master of Social Work degree with a Mental Health Concentration from Boston College.

DR. DAVID LEDGERWOODDR. DAVID LEDGERWOOD
Dr. Ledgerwood is Associate Professor and a clinical psychologist within the Substance Abuse Research Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. His work focuses on the treatment and etiology of substance use and behavioral addiction disorders. His recent NIH funded research has included clinical trials examining behavioral treatments for smoking cessation among individuals living with HIV and parents of teens enrolled in juvenile drug court. He is also internationally recognized as an expert in the study of gambling disorder.

Paul Lanier, MSW, PhD
Paul LanierPaul Lanier, MSW, PhD is The Wallace Kuralt Distinguished Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the associate director of the Jordan Institute for Families and a research fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services research. Dr. Lanier received his doctoral degree from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and was a fellow with the national Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. His research focuses on developing, evaluating, and scaling-up evidence-based prevention programs in child welfare, mental health, and early childhood systems. He has conducted studies with parenting support models such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, Circle of Parents, and several maternal and child health home visiting models. In addition to his focus on intervention research, Dr. Lanier also uses linked, multi-sector administrative data for policy analysis to improve child well-being. He is also a board member of the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association.

Marc Lefkowicz, ICGC-II
Marc LefkowiczMarc Lefkowitz ICGC-II has been a certified gambling counselor for over 20 years. He spent over 15 years working for the California Council on Problem Gambling as their lead trainer, facilitating 30-hour gambling certification training as well as presentations on other problem gambling subjects. He received a 25 year award for continuous service on the Council’s Board of Directors. Marc has extensive knowledge in responsible gaming, creating and facilitating training programs in over 50 casinos, and has trained over 100,000 casino employees. Marc is a national speaker facilitating problem gambling trainings and workshops on topics including financial recovery, treatment, case management, Gamblers Anonymous, and responsible gaming. He has presented in numerous National Council on Problem Gambling conferences.

Michael Werner
Michael WernerMuch of his life has revolved around progressive activism. He is president of the Humanist Foundation, past President of the American Humanist Association, an adjunct faculty member of the Humanist Institute, and taught at the University of Chicago. He has taught widely at major universities.. He was one of the founders of SMART Recovery a Self-Management and Recovery Training recovery program for addictions. He teaches classes on Ethics, Epistemology, addictions and Humanism. He was a successful manager in the high tech chemical business while enjoying the love of his partner and three children and now lives in Wilmington, NC.

Don Feeney
Don FeeneyDon Feeney is currently president of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, the Minnesota chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling. He was co-founder of the Alliance and has served on its board since its inception in 2001. Don also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2002 to 2016 and was president from 2011 to 2013. More recently, he directed the creation of the National Council’s 2015-2020 strategic plan. From 1991 to 2017, he served as Research and Planning Director at the Minnesota Lottery, where he was responsible for the lottery’s market research, policy analysis, corporate social responsibility programs, and strategic planning. He previously worked with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, the State Demographer’s Office, the Minnesota State Planning Agency, the Boston Housing Authority, and as a policy advisor to former Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich. His research interests include the relation between public opinion and gambling policy, public awareness of problem gambling, and gambling and popular culture. Don holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from Brown University. In July, 2017, Don was honored with the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Monsignor Joseph A. Dunne award for lifetime achievement in advocacy.

 

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