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
July 13, 2021 Daniel Trolaro  Day Trading
July 20, 2021 Marc Lefkowitz 

Financial Counseling

**This webinar will be 2 hours in length from 12 pm - 2 pm**

August 5, 2021 Olu Oyedele  COVID & Online Gambling 
August 25, 2021 Dr. Marc Potenza  Gaming
September 8, 2021 Jody Bechtold  Ethics
September 15, 2021 James Syphax  Crpytocurrency 
October 6, 2021 Keith Whyte  Online Gambling and Data Collection 
October 28, 2021

Deborah Haskins 

Get Off My Neck! Get On My Value: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Disordered Gambling Treatment and Wellness 
November 4, 2021 Jody Bechtold  Clinical or Gaming Operator Interventions: How to Effectively Use Harm Reduction Strategy of Self-Exclusion in Clinical Practice
November 10, 2021 Sam Starsmore 

Educating Future Generations on Gaming & Gambling Harms 

December 2, 2021 Dr. Loreen Rugle  Stigma, Shame and the Importance of Language 
December 14, 2021 Dr. Brett Abarbanel  Is it Gambling? Breaking Down Esports, Video Games & Social Games 

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. 

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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7/13/2021 Webinar: Day Trading - Daniel Trolaro 

Gambling traditionally involves three elements: prize, chance, and consideration. And while certain activities can be debated as to whether or not they constitute gambling, it is always important to address the mechanics, behaviors, and potential for harm. One such activity that has seen explosive growth is in the world of day trading. This workshop will provide a basic walkthrough into the world of investments and types of trading, explore the connection between day trading and gambling, and identify the warning signs and potential for harm. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to 

  1. Identify the similarities and differences between gambling, speculation, and investment. 

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


7/20/2021 Webinar: Financial Counseling  - Marc Lefkowitz 

Money, it’s the insatiable drug that feeds the gambler’s addiction. This workshop will begin with an overview of problem gambling and its relationship with money. In an interactive presentation, attendees will discuss values and beliefs regarding money, and how to bring those beliefs and values in creating treatment plan goals and objectives. There will be a review of forms used to assess current finances and create a simple budget, and an overview of the Gamblers Anonymous “Pressure Relief Program”. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Identify 3 ways how to use the client’s values about money to create treatment goals and objectives. 
  2. Describe how to use 3 forms to categorize a client’s financial issue. 
  3. Discover strategies for conversing with clients regarding financial issues 

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: 2:00


8/5/2021 Webinar: COVID & Online Gambling - Olu Oyedele

The workshop will seek to elucidate the lasting impact Covid-19 has had and will continue to have on those who participate in online gambling. In particular, it will examine the impact of online gambling on the health of individuals and the larger community. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Recognize the impact of Covid-19 on Internet Gambling and examine its impacts on the health of individuals. 
  2. Recommend online strategies to reducing harm & outline a public health approach to addressing harm. 

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


8/25/2021 Webinar: Gaming - Dr. Marc Potenza  

This presentation will explore terminology associated with gambling and problem gambling. Topics will include types of gamblers; prevalence; characteristics of escape and action gambling; types of gambling; the mechanics of Texas Hold-em, Horse Racing and Sports Betting; and additional jargon associated with gambling.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Discover about diagnostic considerations regarding gambling behaviors and disorders. 
  2. Recognize how COVID-19 has influenced gaming and other online activities. 
  3. Express an understanding regarding the convergences of and intersections between gaming and other online behaviors. 

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


9/8/2021 Webinar: Ethics - Jody Bechtold 

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: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Recognize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and how it applies to psychotherapy notes for problem gambling treatment. 
  2. Articulate challenges to privacy related to using technologies and health/mh app with clients and families. 
  3. Explore current use of technology and potential ethical issues related to using them, including boundaries, confidentiality, privacy, informed consent, and competence. 

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


9/15/2021 Crpytocurrency  - James Syphax  

Clinicians in the mental health field are often challenged by the circumstances that result from the complicated world of counseling.  Many times, it’s simply a matter of staying informed regarding the basic ethical standards set forth by each of the respective professional organizations in the field.  Learn about core ethical principles, philosophies and other considerations when providing therapeutic services to problem gamblers and/or any other potential clients. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Explain the basic tenets of cryptocurrency, what it is, why people use it, and how people get it. 
  2. Define Non-Fungible Token 

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


10/6/2021 Webinar: Online Gambling and Data Collection  - Keith Whyte

Between 2018 and 2021 participation in online gambling jumped from 15% of the population to 25% and shows no signs of stopping. This growth creates novel risks as well as new protective factors for gambling addiction. Learn what data online gambling operators collect data on their players and how it can be used to revolutionize responsible gambling. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Learn about what types of gambling are available online and changes in participation over the past 3 years and projections for the future. 
  2. Understand new risk and protective factors for gambling addiction in online gambling. 
  3. Learn about new responsible gambling programs and policies using online gambling data. 

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


10/28/2021 Webinar: Get Off My Neck! Get On My Value!: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Disordered Gambling Treatment and Wellness   - Deborah Haskins

Disordered gambling affects every race, ethnicity, and identity among individuals, families, and communities. The challenges of COVID-19 pandemic and this past year “pulled the curtain” from mounting racial and social injustices (AMHCA, 2020) (i.e., George Floyd) and often gambling provides an escape from these current and historical distress/stressors. While we made progress in gambling disorders knowledge, we still lack progress in addressing health disparities/conditions and social determinants of health, including adverse childhood and community adversity experiences that many breathe through. A lack of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) understanding limits holistic growth in gambling treatment outcomes, prevention, and wellness. How can we advocate for gamblers, affected others, and communities if DEI is not part of our ongoing mission and best practices to expand gambling wellness? This presentation will provide a brief overview of DEI updates, share examples of DEI best practices, and recommend changing paradigms to advance disordered gambling advocacy and wellness. Participants will be challenged to acknowledge “Get off my Neck” experiences and expand “Get on My Value” strategies to support resiliency and advocacy in disordered gambling treatment and gambling wellness. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and application to gambling and mental health wellness. 
  2. Identify “Get Off My Neck” racial/social injustices, social determinants of health, the ACEs Pair Tree and link to disordered gambling and other co-occurring mental health conditions. 
  3. Identify “Get on My Value” DEI advocacy, resiliency, and wellness strategies for gamblers/affected others/communities for progressing outcomes. 

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


 

11/04/2021 Webinar: Clinical or Gaming Operator Interventions: How to Effectively Use Harm Reduction Strategy of Self-Exclusion in Clinical Practice  - Jody Bechtold

Harm reduction refers to an array of policies and strategies aimed to reduce negative consequences of gambling and other substance use behaviors. With Gambling, harm reduction exists on a continuum from responsible gambling to voluntary Self-exclusion. Self-Exclusion refers to the process by which an individual can legally request to be excluded from access and participation in legalized gaming activities of specific Operators. To date, both intervention strategies have found positive outcomes in removing or reducing negative consequences of gambling. While promising, it is unclear the extent to which clinicians understand the differences between self-exclusion as a clinical intervention or as an operator program; and how to meaningfully use these intervention strategies with individuals with a gambling disorder. 

Therefore, the current workshop will a) provide an overview of harm reduction continuum, specifically reviewing self-exclusion programs, b) considerations for using self-exclusion in clinical practice, and c) provide clinical case examples with step by step therapeutic overview for using in clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Describe the harm reduction continuum specifically regarding self-exclusion.
  2. Understand how to use self-exclusion in clinical practice 
  3.  Articulate ways to use self-exclusion through the use of clinical cases 

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


11/10/2021 Webinar: Gambling Related Addictions: Driving Improvement in Outcomes  - Sam Starsmore

YGAM is a UK National Charity with a clear social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people against the potential harms related to gaming & gambling. YGAM delivers workshops to practitioners who work with 7 to 25 year olds & provides them with resources to deliver sessions on gaming & gambling. Other programmes YGAM deliver include University Student Engagement, Parental Engagement, Mindful Resilience and Safer Gambling Operator Training all with the same objective of harm prevention

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Understand how education plays a key role in the prevention of gambling related harms.  

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


12/2/2021 Webinar: Stigma, Shame and the Importance of Language - Dr. Loreen Rugle

A couple of years I ago, I was sitting next to a dear friend and person in recovery from a gambling disorder.  I leaned over and whispered to her how distressing I found it for the presenter to refer to a person in recovery as “the gambler.”  She said, “I know, if they say that one more time, I may scream.” 

This use of language is the norm, not the exception.  It is so ubiquitous we don’t even think about it.  Much more has been written about the significance of the language of recovery in the Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health fields; particularly around issues of stigma and shame.  This presentation will address the importance of how to use words and language to reduce stigma in the field of gambling disorder for both individuals in recovery and their partners in recovery. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to

  1. Identify evidence for how gambling disorder is stigmatized 
  2. Define person first language and how even “neutral” terms may contribute to stigma around gambling disorder 
  3. Identify effective strategies for reducing the stigma associated with harmful gambling 

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

 


12/14/2021 Webinar: Is it Gambling? Breaking Down Esports, Video Games & Social Games  - Dr. Brett Abarbanel

From social casino games to esports to virtual reality and in-game payments, many familiar activities blend the two concepts of gambling and gaming. In the most prolific current example, loot boxes still hit the news on a near-daily basis in legislative and international regulatory debates. Loot boxes, however are just scratching the surface of gambling access in video games and esports, where various verticals include examples of gambling-like features. Dr. Abarbanel will review where we have been along the journey of gambling and gaming convergence internationally, including perspectives from both esports and gambling, and discuss where this intersection is showing up in unusual and unexpected ways. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize elements of gambling and risk taking in gaming products 
  2. Discuss consequences of the presence of gambling amidst gaming products 

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.

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.

Dan Trolaro     
Dan TrolaroDaniel 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.

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.

Olubukunola Oyedele, PhD
Olubukunola OyedeleOlubukunola Oyedele, PhD is a public health researcher with an interest in understanding the public health implications of gambling especially as it affects youth. Her research interests also focus on improving the health status of Africans and African born immigrants. In her spare time, she loves to write and is passionate about sharing healthy insights in easily digestible ways for all to understand.

 

Dr. Marc Potenza 
Dr. Marc PotenzaDr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Division on Addictions Research, the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale and the Yale Research Program on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. He is on the editorial boards of fifteen journals (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. Recently, he has received lifetime achievement research awards from the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling and research awards from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and Turkish Green Crescent Society (Phoenix Award for Addiction Research). He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Effective Programs, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization (WHO) on matters of addiction. He has participated in two DSM-5 research work groups and six annual WHO meetings relating to Internet use and addictive behaviors in the ICD-11, addressing topics relating to gambling, gaming, impulse control, and addiction.

Dr. Potenza's research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of substance and non-substance (behavioral) addictions and other disorders characterized by impaired impulse control and reward-related motivations. The majority of this work has focused on understanding clinical and neurobiological underpinnings of these disorders, and their co-occurrences with other mental health disorders, in order to advance prevention and treatment strategies. Dr. Potenza's research has applied brain imaging, genetic, epidemiological and clinical trials methodologies to gain knowledge and improve prevention and treatment strategies for addictive disorders. This work has also involved identifying potential intermediary phenotypes, like facets of impulsivity, that may in part explain the high rates of co-occurrence between psychiatric conditions and might represent novel targets for prevention and treatment strategies.

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC
Jody BechtoldJody 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.

James Syphax 
SyphaxJames serves as a Community Prevention Manager at Prevention Action Alliance, the state-level behavioral health prevention provider in Ohio. In addition to providing training and technical assistance to prevention coalitions across Ohio James also manages the agency’s problem gambling prevention activities. James is a member of Ohio’s Problem Gambling Advisory Board, an advisory board member for Ohio’s NCPG affiliate, and is part of the team managing the Before You Bet and Change the Game campaign. Prior to serving at Prevention Action Alliance James was a community coalition coordinator and school-based prevention specialist.

 

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