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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.

New Course Offering: Introduction to Problem Gambling Fall 2023


New Course Offering: Introduction to Problem Gambling Fall 2023

We are happy to announce a new offering of the Introduction to Problem Gambling course that will take place this fall from October 16th – November 17th, 2023.

This five-week, online course will be facilitated by Peter Chen (HSc, Bed), and will provide 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.  It is intended for addiction and mental health service providers who may be in a position to support someone with issues related to problem gambling.  In the final week (November 13th – 17th, 2023), learners will work directly with a simulated patient to practice what they have learned during the course (required).

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Distinguish and differentiate between activities to determine if they are gambling;
  2. Identify different reasons for gambling;
  3. Explain fundamental concepts in gambling and describe how they apply to gambling;
  4. Compare and contrast different conceptualizations of problem gambling and addiction;
  5. Select relevant risk factors, pathways, harms, co-occurring disorders, and cognitive distortions to develop a treatment plan;
  6. Compare evidence-based treatment approaches for problem gambling to approaches used in one’s practice; and,
  7. Apply unique assessment considerations and relapse prevention strategies for problem gambling.

This continuing professional development activity is held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  It has been assessed for up to a maximum of 12 hours.

This course has also been accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 12 Continuing Education Units/Hours.

To learn more about the course and register, please click here:

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