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Jan 14
Mindfulness for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use

Mindfulness

Peter Chen, Addiction Counsellor and Educator with our Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use team, will be offering an upcoming workshop on incorporating mindfulness approaches into your clinical practice for gambling, gaming and technology use.

But what is mindfulness?

Peter began to explain a bit about how to define mindfulness. “Practicing mindfulness is purposefully and non-judgmentally paying attention to the present moment.”

Mindfulness approaches were first introduced into Western medicine as a way of helping patients manage chronic pain. It has since been adapted for mental health, and more recently, for addiction and substance use treatment.

In 2014, Peter and a team from CAMH published the results of a study demonstrating the successful uptake of mindfulness approaches by 17 gambling clients at CAMH.

On January 29th, Peter will provide a free one-day workshop on incorporating mindfulness into clinical practice with gambling or gaming clients. This training is open to any counsellor who is interested in incorporating mindfulness as a relapse prevention tool for clients.

“A mindfulness approach can be an especially effective way for clients with gambling or gaming problems to prevent relapse by helping them step out of automatic pilot which is when relapses typically happen,” explained Peter. “Practicing mindfulness can help clients bring awareness to their thoughts and urges, acknowledge them without judgement and without acting on them.”

Workshop participants will learn about mindfulness meditation, the practices, attitudes and concepts. It is certified for 6.5 continuing education hours from the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation.

To register, click here.

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