Spring/Summer 2019 Edition
Clinicians and community partners come together to address gambling and gaming harms
The gambling landscape is changing—and the lines between gaming and gambling are blurred. There’s a need for new approaches to treatment and community engagement. To address this need, our
Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use team co-hosted Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum with
Gambling Research Exchange Ontario on May 9 & 10 in Toronto.
The forum brought together over 100 clinicians and community partners, providing an opportunity to interact and learn from each other’s experiences.
“It was exciting to see clinicians and community partners come together and share their knowledge and experience,” said Dr. Branka Agic, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Education in CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program.
Opening keynote: Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente
To open the forum, Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente, one of the founders of the Stages of Change Model, described how the model can be applied when working with people who have gambling or gaming problems. He reviewed the ways that we can support clients with self-regulation concerns and promote recovery from gambling disorders in the clinic and the community.
Breakout Sessions, Plenary Panels & Poster Presentation
During the breakout sessions and plenary panels, participants had the opportunity to select from clinical and community streams according to their professional interest.
The clinical stream included breakout sessions on the use of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in problem gambling; how to work across sectors to improve access to gambling treatment for diverse populations; and the connection between adult attachment and problem gambling, gaming, and technology use.
The community stream explored topics such as behavioural addictions, understanding gambling harms, and how to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce gambling harms.
The plenary panels discussed promising practices for addressing problematic gambling and concurrent challenges, as well as current trends in youth gambling, gaming, technology use and cannabis. Elaine Uskoski, an author and a mother who supported her son through problem video gaming, knew how important it was to be part of the youth plenary panel: “It was important that I attend the forum to both learn from experts and to provide a face and a voice to Video Gaming Addiction from a parent's perspective. Also, significant was being able to share the sacrifice and hard work it took to support my son through his addiction and recovery.”
In addition to the sessions and panels, Day 1 included a poster presentation featuring research supported by Gambling Research Exchange Ontario’s BET Community Initiatives stream, which provided grants to community organizations looking to complete a knowledge translation project focused on mental health, addictions, and/or community wellbeing.
Closing keynote: Diana Tikasz
The forum ended with a timely presentation by Diana Tikasz, who provided insights to help service providers stay healthy and compassionate while doing challenging work.
One of Diana’s key messages was that: "As helpers and as human beings, we can't help but be impacted by the stories of struggle, loss and suffering that we are exposed to on a regular basis. As helpers, we ourselves are also the tools of our work. Just as the woodcutter needs to take time to sharpen the ax, we too must take time to reset, restore and replenish. Hence it is not a selfish act but necessary to take this time on a daily basis so that we can continue to be sharp and resilient."
To help attendees with their self-care, Diana provided a variety of
strategies, resources, and exercises, including a tool to monitor one’s emotional state and a variety of emotional resetting activities they can implement throughout their day.
Read more forum highlights and archived presentations:
Introducing the recipients of the Immigrant, Refugee and Ethnocultural Grant
We are pleased to announce the organizations which have been awarded funding to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling awareness and/or counseling programs and services for immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations in Ontario for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
A grant in the amount of $15k was awarded to the following organizations:
Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, The Jean Tweed Centre, The Vietnamese Association Toronto, and Vasantham - A Tamil Wellness Centre.
Congratulations! We look forward to working together with the recipients to improve problem gambling awareness and care in Ontario.
New evidence-informed web content on youth problem gambling
Do you provide mental health and addiction services to youth with problem gambling? We have launched new evidence-informed practice web content on youth problem gambling for mental health and addiction service providers. In this section, you will find background information about the topic, what the evidence says, and how to tailor approaches to youth aged 12 to 24 years.
Learn.ProblemGambling.ca/eip to read more about youth problem gambling, as well as other evidence-informed practice content for problem gambling, technology use, and shopping. We will also be adding new and up-to-date content on an ongoing basis, so be sure to visit regularly.
Missed one of our recent webinars?
Did you miss one of our recent gambling, gaming, and technology use webinars? No problem! Visit the
trainings and webinars webpage to listen to our recorded webinars at your convenience.
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Journal of Gambling Issues | Issue No. 41
Factor structure and validation of the Japanese version of the Gambling Symptom Assessment Scale (GSAS-J) - Kengo Yokomitsu, Eiichi Kamimura
Consumer Perspectives of a Multi-Venue Gambling Self-Exclusion Program: A Qualitative Process Analysis - Dylan Pickering, Zhenzhen Nong, Sally M. Gainsbury, Alex Blaszczynski
Are General and Activity-Specific PGSI Scores Consistent? - Eva Monson, Sylvia Kairouz, Matthew Perks, Nicole Arsenault
When Losing Money and Time Feels Good: The Paradoxical Role of Flow in Gambling - Raymond V. Lavoie, Kelley J. Main
Trends in gambling behavior among college student-athletes: A comparison of 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 NCAA survey data - Jérémie Richard, Thomas S. Paskus, Jeffrey L. Derevensky
Gambling Among Emerging Adults: How Gender and Risk Level Influence Associated Problem Behaviours - Matthew D. Sanscartier, Jack Shen, Jason D. Edgerton
Traitement en groupe incluant des joueurs et des toxicomanes : atteinte des objectifs thérapeutiques et retombées - Andrée-Anne Légaré, Isabelle Giroux, Francine Ferland
First Person Account
Visit the training page to register or learn more about any of the events below.
- Gambling Expansion and Public Policy | June 18 from 12-1 pm EST
- Game-Bling: When Gaming Meets Gambling | July 9 from 12-1 pm EST
In the News
Casino ‘off table’ for Ontario Place redevelopment, sources say – Toronto Star, May 27, 2019
More than half of parents say they text while driving – CBC News, May 13, 2019
Re-connecting with people can help our mental health – Ottawa Citizen, April 30, 2019
Don’t allow babies any screen time, recommends UN health agency – Globe and Mail, April 24, 2019
City councillor says Gateway needs look at all options due to casino construction delay – CBC News, April 24, 2019
People in Toronto are obsessed with gambling for shoes – BlogTO, April 16, 2019
‘Get those machines out of the clubs’: N.L. residents still grappling with ‘addictive’ video lottery terminals – CBC Radio, March 27, 2019
I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me – FastCompany, March 18, 2019
Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms – CityNews, March 12, 2019