Winter 2019 Edition
Whether you are a service provider who has supported people with gambling problems for years or are new to the field, you are invited to the 2019 Ontario Professional Development Forum on Gambling and Gaming Harms taking place May 9 and 10 in Toronto.
This marks the first time we will be hosting this forum in partnership with Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO). This collaboration will enable our organizations to provide professional development on gambling and gaming harms to service providers in mental health and addictions services, as well as community-based health and social services. Professionals and students in public health, education, government policy, and mental health and addictions leadership are also invited.
We are also thrilled to introduce our opening keynote speaker Dr. Carlo DiClemente, PhD, one of the founders of the Transtheoretical model (also known as the Stages of Change model).
The forum will address different topics within the ever-changing and merging landscapes of gambling and gaming, including:
- exploring the relationship between gambling, gaming, mental health, cannabis, and the social determinants of health
- highlighting trends, promising interventions, and cross-sectoral approaches to treatment and harm reduction.
It will also provide you with opportunities to make connections with clinical- and community-based colleagues from across the province.
Don’t miss the Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum taking place May 9 to 10, 2019 at the Downtown Toronto Marriot Eaton Centre Hotel. For more information and to register, click
Participants Needed: Problem Gambling E-Therapy Study
CAMH researchers are seeking adults experiencing gambling problems for a study looking at the possibility of providing an online treatment service. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, live in Ontario, and have access to a computer, webcam and the Internet. Learn more
7th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference: Keynote Speakers Announced
An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers is a national bestseller. In her powerful keynotes, Tanya shares Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, humanizing the legacy of cultural genocide and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future.
Dr. Brian Goldman
Dr. Goldman will be talking about The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life. Powerful and engaging, this presentation explores why kindness is so vital to our existence. Dr. Goldman is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as well as the host of CBC's award-winning radio show "White Coat, Black Art", where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor's offices. Dr. Goldman is also the bestselling author of the book The Night Shift: Real Life in the ER.
Counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer has motivated and uplifted thousands with his laughter in workplace keynotes and workshops. Audiences will learn how to bring laughter and playfulness into their lives, reducing stress and tension, increasing productivity, improving health and wellness, and increasing their ability to cope with change.
Registration opening soon! Find out more here:
CAMH Research Updates
Internet-based interventions for problem gambling: Scoping review. (2019). Mark van der Maas*, Jing Shi*, Tara Elton-Marshall*, David C. Hodgins, Sherald Sanchez*, Daniela S.S. Lobo*, Sylvia Hagopian, Nigel E. Turner.*
JMIR Mental Health, 6 (1), e65.
Marital status and problem gambling among older adults: An examination of social context and social motivations. (2018). Tara Elton-Marshall*, Rochelle Wijesingha*, Taryn Sendzik*, Steven E. Mock, Mark van der Maas*, John McCready, Robert E. Mann*, Nigel E. Turner.*
Canadian Journal on Aging, 37 (3), 318-332.
A pilot evaluation of a tutorial to teach clients and clinicians about gambling game design. (2018). Nigel E. Turner*, Janine Robinson, Kevin Harrigan, Peter Ferentzy*, Farah Jindani.*
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16 (1), 136-149.
*denotes researcher from CAMH
Journal of Gambling Issues - No. 40 (Winter 2018/2019)
Fold, check, hit me! Impact of lifestyle on the trajectories of problem gamblers - Frédéric Ouellet, Balthazar Queloz
Self-exclusion and imposed exclusion as strategies for reducing harm: Data from three Swiss Casinos - Suzanne Lischer, Juerg Schwarz
Perceptions of problem gambling among methadone maintenance treatment clients and counsellors - Megan E. Wall, Cassandra R. Durand, Hana Machover, Rachel Arnold, Haley A. Miles-McLean, Wendy Potts, Loreen Rugle, Christopher Welsh, Seth Himelhoch
Combining cultural and individual dimensions in the analysis of hazardous behaviours: An explorative study on the interplay between cultural models, impulsivity, and depression in hazardous drinking and gambling - Claudia Venuleo, Piergiorgio Mossi, Sara Calogiuri
An exploratory study of gamblers’ perceptions of music’s effects on gambling behaviour - Stephanie Bramley, Nicola Dibben, Richard Rowe
Savoir plus, miser moins : une maîtrise des principaux concepts en statistiques et probabilités distingue-t-elle les comportements de jeu? - Isabelle Smith, Isabelle Giroux
Trainings & Webinars
Visit the training page to register or find out more information about any of the events below.
- Mindfulness for Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use | March 8, 2019 in Toronto
- Medication and Problem Gambling Treatment: Understanding Uses, Benefits and Side Effects | February 22, 2019
- Promoting Engagement in Healthy, Meaningful Activities as Alternatives to Problematic Behaviours | March 13, 2019
- Northwestern Ontario Wellness: Integrating Research, Treatment, and Prevention During Gambling Expansion | March 27, 2019
In the News
Study links excessive screen time to developmental delays in children – Globe and Mail, January 28, 2019
Province appealing court ruling allowing slot-like games in Ontario bars – CBC News, January 21, 2019
Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction – EurekAlert!, January 10, 2019
Worry less about children's screen use, parents told – BBC News, January 4, 2019
Gateway casino cashing out will be a blow to racing at Western Fair District – CBC News, December 20, 2018
North Bay city council stands firm on casino – again – voting 8-3 in favour – CBC News, December 19, 2018
Feds eye move to regulate legal sports betting – Montreal Gazette, December 19, 2018
Fortnite addiction is forcing kids into video-game rehab – Toronto Star, November 27, 2018
Health unit to launch gambling study - Kenora Online, November 24, 2018
Sports minister resigns over delay to gambling curb – The Guardian, November 1, 2018
Responsible Gambling Council visits Peterborough to discuss safe gambling – Global News, October 31, 2018
Casino sounds and lights can encourage risky decisions: Study – CTV News, October 30, 2018
Free online casino games linked with higher risks of gambling problems for young people - EurekAlert!, October 24, 2018