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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.

Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on gambling-related crisis calls and treatment services

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The COVID-19 pandemic has placed major strains on programs and organizations designed to help those in crisis. It has also significantly affected the gambling industry, with incredible shortfalls for traditional land-based gambling, and concurrent record profits in online gambling platforms. The current study explores trends in the calls to gambling crisis helplines in Ontario using interrupted time-series analyses to examine the impact of the pandemic on problem gambling. In addition, we will discuss the results of a survey of treatment staff on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their service and their training needs. This survey examined how problem gambling counsellors have been impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, this study examined how mental health services for problem gamblers have adapted their treatment services to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenter: Nigel Turner, PhD. Independent Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

By the end if this webinar, learners will be able to:
1) Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gambling related crisis calls, gambling trends, and behaviours in Ontario.
2) Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gambling treatment services.
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