Dealing with Problem Gambling Webinar Series 2021

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
October 5, 2020 Don Feeney What the Public believes about Problem Gambling and Why it Matters 
October 26, 2020 Don Feeney A Cultural History of Gambling 
November 20, 2020 Dr. Deborah Haskins Cultural Competency 
December 7, 2020 Marc Lefkowitz Case Management/Treatment Options for Problem Gambling
January 14, 2021 Dr. Rory Reid Helping Problem Gamblers Cultivate Stress Coping Strategies 
January 21, 2021 Dr. Jon Grant Evidence-Based Treatments 

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.

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10/5/2020 Webinar: What the Public believes about Problem Gambling and Why it Matters - Don Feeney

How well does the general public understand gambling disorders?  What misconceptions might lead people to not seek treatment, or to discourage loved ones from pursuing professional help?  How might public opinion influence government officials as they make decisions affecting gambling and gamblers?  What messages are most important to convey in awareness and prevention efforts? 

This presentation will present data from several recent surveys on public opinion as it relates to problem gambling and will discuss the implications of these data for prevention, education, treatment, and public policy.  It will show examples of messaging throughout the years that has attempted to respond to both real and imagined public misconceptions, and challenge the audience to critically evaluate these efforts.  Particular attention will be paid to the North Carolina data collected as part of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s 2018 NGAGE survey of gambling in the United States. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how the general public in the United States and North Carolina perceives problem gambling and to understand key misconceptions. 
  2. Describe what types of formal and informal messaging might be most effective in responding to public perceptions.

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


10/26/2020 Webinar: A Cultural History of Gambling - Don Feeney

Gambling has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians for thousands of years.  It has been depicted as a divine ritual and as entertainment, as an heroic quest and moral degradation, as a glamorous activity and as one that is at best tawdry if not criminal.  All of these images affect how every one of us perceives gambling.  They influence our decision to gamble, how we behave when we do, how we judge both ourselves when we gamble and others who gamble in ways we might or not might not approve of.  Perhaps most importantly, they influence the willingness of those with gambling problems to seek treatment, how they behave when they do, how others in their lives view their gambling and treatment, and the unconscious biases of those who provide that treatment.  This presentation will explore the myriad ways gambling is portrayed in art, music, literature, theater, and film and discuss how these depictions affect all of us.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Illustrate the many different ways gambling has been portrayed in Western culture. 
  2. Describe how these images affect efforts in gambling awareness, prevention, treatment, and public 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

 


 

11/20/2020 Webinar: Cultural Competency - Dr. Deborah Haskins

Is it important to consider cultural context when providing disordered gambling treatment and prevention services? Absolutely we must!!  How do we establish culturally-attuned treatment and prevention, including the therapeutic alliance? This session will introduce you to the idiographic assessment and the cultural-attunement mental health models for consideration in our disordered gambling services and advocacy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define cultural, cultural competency, idiographic assessment, and cultural attunement dimensions. 
  2. Apply the idiographic assessment and cultural attunement model to disordered gambling treatment. 

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


12/7/2020 Webinar: Case Management/Treatment Options for Problem Gambling -Marc Lefkowitz

This presentation will compare and contrast treatment options for those with gambling problems and affected individuals. This will include certified/licensed counselors, outpatient/individual therapy, intensive outpatient programs, residential/impatient programs, hybrid programs, government-funded programs and 12-Step programs. The presentation will then focus on case management concepts of setting/monitoring goals and objectives. The presentation will conclude with continuing/aftercare planning and descriptions of the tools to maintain abstinence from gambling including: aftercare work sheets, 12 step meetings, other support groups, sponsorship, recovery coaching, additional therapy, financial tools, family recovery services, self-exclusion, and internet tools. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe the differences and advantages of seven multiple treatment options for those with gambling problems and affected individuals. 
  2.  Explain the concepts of case management treatment goals and objectives and how to apply them. 
  3.  Identify 10 continuing/aftercare tools to help those with gambling problems prevent relapse. 

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


1/14/2021 Webinar: Helping Problem Gamblers Cultivate Stress Coping Strategies -Rory Reid 

 

This workshop presents practical clinical strategies to help problem gamblers enhance stress coping in to attenuate tendencies to gamble in the wake of stressful life experiences. Dr. Reid will present a model of stress coping and discuss empirically supported interventions (e.g., biofeedback, mindfulness, cognitive strategies, etc…) for clinical application. TedTalk from Dr. McConigal will be suggested along with several findings from neuroscience and research on stress coping. Mindful approaches to increasing stress coping will be addressed. Cognitive reappraisal of distortions associated with stress proneness will be discussed. 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify 3 interventions to enhance stress coping among problem gamblers. 
  2. Define 3 key findings from research on stress coping. 
  3. Apply a mindfulness exercise that can reduce a stress response in the wake of a stressful life event. 

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


1/21/2021 Webinar: Evidence-Based Treatments - Dr. Jon Grant

This webinar For the past 40 years, people have studied various treatments for gambling disorder. This symposium will discuss the evidence base for and against various treatments approaches, discuss co-occurring issues, and expectations from treatment. 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to 
  2. Explain the rationale for various treatments interventions for gambling disorder 
  3. Recognize the evidence supporting various psychosocial interventions for gambling disorder 
  4. Assess the evidence base for pharmacological interventions 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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Dr. Loreen Rugle
Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, Dr. Rugle brings 35+ years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling to her current positions.   She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems.  She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects.  She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.  She has also worked as Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.  She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service awarded by the National Council on Problem Gambling. 

Dr. Deborah Haskins
Dr. Haskins is a retired Counselor Educator (25 years) and received her Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling (Loyola College, Maryland now Loyola University MD), a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and an Approved Supervisor (MD). Dr. Haskins is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor- II, Board Approved Clinical Consultant, International Clergy Lay Problem Gambling and Spiritual Outreach, and Master Addictions Counselor.  She is President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and is a recognized leader for over 20 years in disordered gambling.  Dr. Haskins has trained mental health professionals in the U.S. and abroad to understand disordered gambling and provide culturally-relevant services.  Her expertise and publications include gambling disorders and cultural competency and social justice attuned mental health/wellness.  She assists practitioners and faith and spiritual communities with incorporating “mental health delivery beyond traditional formats.” She previously served on the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.  She received the National Council on Problem Gambling  2017 Don Hulen Annual Award for advocacy leadership and the 2015 NAADAC Unsung Hero Award (MD).  She serves on the  Board of Ordained Ministry(Co-chair Psychological Review) and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ACA, 2019-2022).  Her current efforts include developing online/virtual professional development and community wellness and equipping faith/spiritual communities to support disordered gambling and homicidal loss/trauma advocacy and trainings.  

Dr. Rory Reid 
Dr. Rory Reid holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis in Neuropsychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed his APA post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and additional post-doctoral training in clinical research at Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. He mentors' students, teaches, works with patients, and conducts research. He is also licensed in Nevada and works with patients in Las Vegas seeking help for various additive disorders including behavioral addictions such as gambling and sex addiction. Dr. Reid has published numerous research articles on behavioral addictions in scientific journals and has worked clinically with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families negatively impacted by various addictions and other mental health issues. His work has been featured in press outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, as well as TV specials on ABC, CBS and Fox News. He serves on the editorial boards for several peer-reviewed journals and has trained and educated mental health professionals, industry specialists, government organizations, and lay audiences around the world. 

Dr. Jon Grant 
Jon E. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago where he directs a clinic and research lab on addictive, compulsive and impulsive disorders. Dr. Grant is the author of over 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies. 

 

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