PG Webinar Training Details

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

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