Introduction to Problem Gambling (IPG) is a five-week, facilitated online course for addiction and mental health service providers who may be in a position to support someone with issues related to problem gambling.*
IPG provides a basic understanding of gambling and problem gambling, including definitions, gambling concepts, understanding addiction, risk factors and harms, cognitive distortions, screening, assessment and relapse prevention. The four online modules include a mix of didactic content, readings and forum discussions, and will take approximately 2–3 hours to complete each week. In the final week, learners will attend a live webinar where they will role-play with a simulated patient directly, based on a case study from the course. A simulated patient is an actor trained to play the role of a client. Please note that participation in the simulation is required in order to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
*Learners who have no clinical experience or are not in a clinical position may find the course material is not tailored to them; you may be contacted to confirm your eligibility.
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 you use in your practice.
- Apply unique assessment considerations and relapse prevention strategies for problem gambling.