Introduction to Problem Gambling (IPG) is a five-week, facilitated online course for mental health and addictions professionals who may see clients who need help with gambling impacting their lives negatively. It will provide them with a basic understanding of gambling and problem gambling including definitions, gambling concepts, understanding addiction, risk factors and harms, cognitive distortions, and screening and assessment.
The course modules include a mix of didactic content, readings, small group discussions, role plays, videos, simulation, bridging activities, and learning objectives. The course will take approximately 2–4 hours a week to complete, depending on your comfort with the content and online learning.
In the fifth and final week learners will work directly with a simulated patient to practice what they have learned during the course.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Distinguish and differentiate between activities to determine if they are gambling.
- Identify different reasons for gambling.
- Explain fundamental concepts in gambling and describe how they apply to gambling.
- Compare and contrast different conceptualizations of problem gambling and addiction.
- Select relevant risk factors, pathways, harms, co-occurring disorders, and cognitive distortions to develop a treatment plan.
- Compare evidence-based treatment approaches for problem gambling to approaches they use in their practice.
- Apply unique assessment considerations and relapse prevention strategies for problem gambling.
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