Register Dealing with Problem Gambling Webinar Series Spring 2024

 

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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
1/18/2024 Jody Bechtold & Rob Bumbaco Sports Betting From the Front Line: Treating Sports Betting in Clinical Practice
1/30/2024 Marc Lefkowitz Impact of Sports Betting on the Recovery Community
2/20/2024 Jeffrey Wasserman Sports Betting Driven Problem Gambling
3/12/2024 Dan Trolaro Sports Betting and Gaming Among Emerging Adults 


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 EST

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

ADA Statement: Registrants requiring any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in our training programs, please contact us by email at bhs-support@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 445-0990 after completing registration to ensure we have enough time to secure the requested services.

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.

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.

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03-12-24 Zoom Sports Betting and Gaming Among Emerging Adults 3/12/2024
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1/18/2024  Sports Betting From the Front Line: Treating Sports Betting in Clinical Practice

In 2018, the United States Supreme overturned the federal ban on states authorizing legal sports betting. This opened the door to legalization of sports betting at the state level. Since then, roughly 30+ states allow/operate and/or are pending legislation for expanding sports betting. Current prevalence reports suggest that college-aged students, particularly male student athletes (current and former), may be more at-risk for developing a gambling disorder. In 2012, 26% of male student-athletes reported violating NCAA bylaws by wagering on sports for money (8% reported wagering on sports once/month or more) (NCAA Student-Athlete Gambling Behaviors and Attitudes: 2004-2012 Executive Summary). Given this, the goal of the current workshop is three fold. First, we will highlight prevalent risk factors of current and former student athletes, particularly for those who engage in sports betting. Second, we will review the limited evidence on sports betting with student athletes. Finally, we will discuss a number of evidence-informed treatment strategies to help attendees work more effectively with individuals that sports bet and how to use past athletic experience as a way to better connect with clients.

Presenter: Jody Bechtold & Rob Bumbaco

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review current research on sports betting, athletes, and problem gambling.

  2. Understand the risk factors of athletes and problem gambling.

  3. Learn how to utilize past athletic experience to help develop an effective gambling treatment plan.

  4. Discuss evidence-informed clinical interventions that can be utilized with most sports bettors during therapy.

Agenda

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


1/30/2024  Impact of Sports Betting on the Recovery Community

An unprecedented group of gambling clients are coming into treatment and self-help support since the beginning of legalized sports betting legislation. This workshop will look at sports betting from a recovery approach. Topics that will be discussed will include the history of sports betting, etiology, terms, vulnerable populations, treatment tools and recovery strategies, prevention, self-help support, and relapse prevention.

Presenter: Marc Lefkowitz

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn at least 5 terms related to sports betting and how sports betting works.

  2. Understand the impact of legalized sports betting related to the recovery community and general population.

  3. Learn at least 4 recovery strategies/treatment tools to help in preventing relapse.

Agenda

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


2/20/2024 Sports Betting Driven Problem Gambling

Most experts believe the expansion of legal sports betting, coupled with advancements of mobile and online technologies, have resulted in a significant increase in problem gambling. While all problem gamblers face difficulties, it can even be more so for persons whose problem gambling resulted primarily from sports betting. This session will explore the risks, challenges and dynamics surrounding problematic sports betting behaviors. Particular attention will be given to vulnerable populations, issues unique to sports betting and emerging recovery trends in the current gambling landscape.

Presenter: Jeffrey Wasserman

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the fundamentals, including the history and expansion of legal sports gambling and signs of problematic sports betting behaviors.
  2. Identify populations at an elevated risk of developing sports betting driven problem gambling.
  3. Raise awareness of potential challenges for individuals in recovery from sports betting driven problem gambling, including sports bettors’ relationship to sports and advertising practices of sports gambling operators.
  4. Know the resources available for persons seeking recovery from sports betting driven problem gambling.

Agenda

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


3/12/2024 Sports Betting and Gaming Among Emerging Adults

Consistently, there are more creative and fast paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, cope, or adjust to the stressors of life. Whether finding it through substance, technology, or a variety of other methods, individuals are becoming more daring, tech savvy and tech dependent. One area that has seen explosive growth exists in the world of legalized sports gambling.  Join us for an engaging and informative workshop that delves into the world of sports betting on college campuses and explores its profound implications on college aged individuals. In an era where sports betting is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially among college students, it's crucial to understand the risks, rewards, and how we can engage and support individuals.

Presenter: Dan Trolaro

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current landscape of sports betting on college campuses and around the US.
  2. Discuss the unique risk factors to college aged individuals and emerging adults
  3. Explore the psychological aspects that come into play

Agenda

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

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Jeremiah Weinstock

Dr. Jeremiah Weinstock is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, and the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University. He is an expert in the assessment and treatment of substance-related and addictive disorders with over 65 peer-review publications and research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the International Center for Responsible Gaming. His primary scientific contributions include (1) refining our conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of gambling disorder and (2) the use of contingency management in the treatment of substance use disorders. He has co-authored several scientific papers on cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of gambling disorder. Dr. Weinstock maintains a small clinical practice focused on working with individuals diagnosed with gambling disorder.

Brittany Greene

Brittany Greene is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate (LCMHCA) and licensed clinical addictions specialist associate (LCAS-A) in the State of North Carolina. She also is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Brittany is the Problem Gambling Program Specialist for Behavioral Health Springboard within the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brittany has served as a Behavioral Health Ambassador for the SAMHSA-funded HBCU C.A.R.E.S. program, where she worked to expose college students at historically black colleges and universities to careers in the field of behavioral health, as well as issues in behavioral health through interactive presentations and conversations. She also was a Research Scholar with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Center for Excellence, inaugural cohort participating in research, discussions, and presentations on how to prevent Veteran suicide. Brittany started her career as a mental health clinician in private practice serving individuals with various presenting concerns, including substance use and behavioral disorders. Brittany’s career background prior to her current role has included working in the school system as an Elementary school teacher and as a Disability analyst for the State of North Carolina under the Social Security Administration. Brittany holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Winston-Salem State University and dual Master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from North Carolina Central University.

Brianne Doura-Schawohl

Brianne Doura-Schawohl is founder and CEO of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC, a boutique global government relations firm that specializes in problem and responsible gambling policy. She most recently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes over a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

Doura-Schawohl’s practice spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of achievements in State and United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.

Doura-Schawohl works with Congress and numerous state legislatures and regulators to provide expert advice on gambling policy. She continues to work with stakeholders on both sides of the aisle. Additionally, she has been featured in international, national, state, and local media, including ABC News, Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, ESPN, The Athletic, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and CBC.

Brianne was named one of the top 100 lobbyists in 2022 and 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics (NILE), named top lobbyist in 2022 by ‘The Hill’, was featured as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2022 by Global Gaming Business, an honoree of the 2023 class of 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming, and an honoree of the 2023-2024 ‘10 Women Rising in Gaming’ by Global Gaming Women and CDC Gaming Reports. In 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Digital Gaming Advisory Group for the State of Hawaii and continues to serve on various coalitions.

In 2020 and 2021 she was a guest faculty member for Seton Hall Law School at their Gaming Law, Compliance, and Integrity Program and continues to be a guest lecturer for the University of Minnesota, Global Institute for Responsible Sport Organizations, and at Bradley University. Doura-Schawohl presents at conferences and other public events on gaming policy across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Doura-Schawohl serves on the Board of Directors for Kindbridge Behavioral Health and is a member of the leadership team of the NILE Next Gen Executives committee, a group committed to advancing educational & networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders within the government relations profession. She is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling military affairs committee.

Mrs. Doura-Schawohl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her family.

Jody Bechtold 

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, IGDC, CGT 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 (2021) and 2 chapters in the Social Workers

Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2022. She serves as an Advisor to several startup and non-profits organizations including GamFin, Birches Health, and Seagulls Flock in the Philippines. She also serves as an Emeritus board member 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 several certifications with the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (ICGC-II, IGDC, BACC, CGT).

Rob Bumbaco

Rob Bumbaco is a licensed clinical social worker and certified mental coach. Rob earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Niagara University. Rob is the COO of The Better Institute, a private practice located in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to his clinical background, Rob is a former Division 1 athlete. Rob is the founder of Back in the Game ®. Back in the Game is a program within The Better Institute designed to support athletes in the following areas: sports performance, recovery from injury, at-risk behaviors, and /mental health. He hosts the weekly podcast Back in the Game: A Sports and Mindset Podcast.

Marc Lefkowitz

Marc ICGC-II has been a certified gambling counselor for over 25 years. He worked for the UCLA Gambling Studies Program training therapists and coordinating outreach for California gambling treatment programs. He was Program Director for an inpatient gambling treatment program and develops gambling inpatient/outpatient programs. He currently is the Director of Programing for Kindbridge – a tele-therapy company focusing on treatment for problem gamblers. Marc is a national speaker on gambling related issues. In 2012 he received California's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2021 received the Jeff Beck National Recovery Award. He has over 40 years in recovery from gambling.

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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. 

 

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