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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One online course

This five-week (15 CEUs) online course will provide problem gambling counsellors and addiction and mental health service providers with a practical understanding of gambling, problem gambling and gambling treatment. This online course is a pre-requisite for our Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase Two course, which is scheduled to start February 2020. Fee outside of Ontario is $375.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe fundamental concepts in gambling including odds, randomness and house advantage
  • identify the risk factors, and consequences of problem gambling
  • identify two screening tools for problem gambling
  • identify key areas to explore when conducting a problem gambling assessment
  • apply knowledge of key clinical aspects related to screening and assessing
  • explain how to use cognitive-behavioural therapy in treating clients with problem gambling
  • describe how a motivational interviewing (MI) approach can be useful when working with clients with gambling problems.

Faculty: Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd, has worked as an addiction therapist and education specialist with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use team at CAMH since 1995. His work involves the development of educational resources in the areas of problem gambling and mental health, including online courses, webinars, face-to-face workshops, and published material. He is the chair of the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and has also trained in the specialty area of integrating mindfulness meditation into clinical practice.

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