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Gambling, Gaming and Problem Technology Use in a Virtual Landscape:
Prevention, Effectiveness and Adaptations

January 26th and 27th, 2021
Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
Knowledge Exchange

Forum 2020-2021


Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Forum

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use (GGTU) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is hosting our annual forum online. GGTU in a Virtual Landscape: Prevention, Effectiveness, and Adaptations will be a two-day event that invites clinicians, community partners, and researchers to log into virtual spaces and participate in engaging and interactive continuing professional development opportunities aimed at enhancing participant knowledge of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on problem gambling, gaming and technology use and effective virtual prevention and treatment services. 

This forum is accredited for 5.5 CEU.  There is a non-refundable fee of $25.00.

January 26th, 2021: GGTU in a virtual landscape: Prevention and effectiveness

10:00 – 10:30
Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use forum opening remarks and keynote

In this opening keynote address, international speaker and Founder of Game Quitters, Cam Adair, will introduce this year's theme of "GGTU in a Virtual Landscape", reflecting on some key lessons from 2020 and potential trends for 2021.

11:00 – 12:00
Preventing problematic internet use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Marc Potenza, Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience, at Yale School of Medicine joins us and will present the current understanding of how problematic internet use is conceptualized and considered and how the COVID-19 pandemic may be influencing online activities. Topics will include how people engage in specific forms of potentially problematic use of the internet (gaming, gambling, pornography viewing) and how people may protect themselves and others from engaging in problematic use.

2:00 – 3:00
Online treatment for Gambling Disorders

Dr. Daniela Lobo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist and Addictions Education Coordinator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), will review the evidence regarding online treatment for gambling disorders and share the experience of the Problem Gambling and Technology Use Service at CAMH in providing virtual assessment and treatment for problem gambling and technology overuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence from the literature will be reviewed, and we will discuss multiple aspects related to clinical practice and implementation of virtual treatment, such as barriers to access to technology, privacy concerns and safety risk assessment.

January 27th, 2021: GGTU in a virtual landscape: Adaptations

11:00 – 12:00
Online gambling in and beyond 2020: What does research say and where do we go from here?

This virtual panel will convene a group of experts to discuss important needs in online gambling research and how this research connects to policy. A specific highlight of the discussion will be recent trends in online gambling, in particular focusing on pre-, during, and post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Mark Griffiths, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction Director, International Gaming Research Unit Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University
  • Nigel E. Turner, Ph.D., Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Assistant Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Sylvia Kairouz, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University. Holder, Research Chair on Gambling.

1:00 – 2:30
Creatively adapting clinical services in a pandemic

Joined by four accomplished clinicians from community organizations: Megha Vatsya, Counsellor/Therapist from Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health); Alexandria Baker, Addiction Counsellor from Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge; Lori Griffith, Clinical Coordinator at the Addiction Services of Thamas Valley; and Vince Pietropaolo, General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services. This session looks at ways that clinical programs have creatively adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4:00 – 4:30
Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use forum closing keynote

To close this year's GGTU Digital Forum, Dr. Sally Gainsbury, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Brain and Mind Centre, School of Psychology) will highlight potential trends and areas for research for 2021. In this final session, learners will be encouraged to critically reflect on directions for their own research and practice in an increasingly digital world.