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
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.

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.

Keith Whyte     
Keith Whyte has been the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) since October 1998. NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. He has presented on gambling issues in more than 40 states and 30 countries. He has testified multiple times at the request of the United States Congress on gambling-related Federal legislation and is frequently quoted in media worldwide. His previous experience includes the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities and US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

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..

Jody Bechtold, LCSW
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.

Sam Starsmore 
As National Education Manager, Sam manages YGAM’s relationships with sports organisations and charitable sporting foundations in the United Kingdom. Delivering the YGAM programme to these highly influential clubs and foundations has a ripple effect on the young people they work with within their communities. Sam also leads on YGAM’s National Citizen Service Programme where education around social awareness is provided to young people aged 16 and 17. At the age of 28, Sam feels he can add value and engage with the younger audience through his own experiences with a gambling addiction that started in his late teens through to his mid-twenties. Sam is due to marry his long-time partner, Libbi, in September 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic postponed proceedings in 2020.

Loreen Rugle, Ph.D.
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.

Brett Abarbanel 
Dr. Brett Abarbanel is the Director of Research at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, faculty in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, and research affiliate at University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Abarbanel completed her undergraduate degree in statistics and architectural studies at Brown University, and her masters and PhD in hospitality at UNLV. She is a world-recognized expert in gambling, video games, and esports, already having presented her work in 17 countries to audiences of academics, industry professionals, and government representatives.She is executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal and founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance.

 

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