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Handbooks & Pamphlets

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​​​​​Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use develops evidence-informed handbooks, pamphlets and promotional cards for helping​ professionals, people experiencing problems with gambling and their loved ones​. The resources are designed for people residing in Ontario, Canada and are free of charge. Click the button below to request hardcopies of our handbooks and pamphlets​​.

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​​​​All handbooks are also available by clicking the PDF versi​ons below.​

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For clinicians / helping professionals

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Financial Counsellors thumbnail Problem Gambling: A Guide for Financial Counsellors

This handbook was developed for financial counsellors working with clients who have a problem with gambling. The aim of this guide is to offer information, tools and strategies to help financial counsellors increase their knowledge about problem gambling and the impact it has on the person and their family; identify and support their clients with gambling problems; and provide referrals to counselling services in Ontario.

This resource is also available in French.

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Helping People Experiencing Poverty thumbnail Problem Gambling: A Guide for Helping People Experiencing Poverty

This handbook is intended for professionals working with people experiencing homelessness, or extreme poverty, who may also be experiencing problems with gambling. The aim of this guide is to increase the professional’s knowledge of problem gambling and provide information and tools to identify when a person has a gambling problem. Strategies to support clients with gambling problems and information about referrals to counselling services in Ontario are also provided.​

This resource is also available in French.

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Helping Professionals thumbnail Problem Gambling: A Guide for Helping Professionals

This handbook was developed for any helping professional, including addictions specialists, social and health care providers, workers in the criminal justice system, clergy and employee assistance program counsellors. The purpose of this guide is to provide information, tools and strategies that will enable helping professionals to gain more knowledge about problem gambling and its impacts; as well as gain competency in identifying, supporting and referring people with gambling problems to counselling services in Ontario.

This resource is also available in French.

Problem Gambling: Working with Parents brochure thumbnail Problem Gambling: Working with Parents

This pamphlet was developed for professionals working with parents who have a problem with gambling. It includes recommendations on how to include children in problem gambling treatment; how to make children a discussion topic in support groups; the impacts of problem gambling on youth; and ways to reduce the risks.

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For clients

Calculator – Rethinking Gambling? thumbnail​​Ret​​hinking Gambling?

This two-sided pull-out calculator was developed for the person experiencing problems with gambling. It can also be useful for counsellors looking for a quick, visual and impactful tool to help clients assess the outcomes of their gambling-related spending.​

Problem Gambling: The Issues, The Options handbook thumbnail Problem Gambling: The Issues, the Options

This handbook was developed for people who are experiencing problems with gambling. The aim of this guide is to increase understanding about the differences between low-risk and harmful gambling and how gambling may be affecting everyday life, and to provide an introduction to making changes. Information about counselling services available in Ontario is also included.

This resource is also available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Korean, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

For families

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Families thumbnail ​​Problem Gambling: A Guide for Families

This handbook was developed for people who are concerned that someone close to them has a problem with gambling. The aim of this guide is to help concerned significant others and family members understand problem gambling, how gambling may affect families and ways to repair relationships.

This resource is also available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Korean, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents thumbnail Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents

This handbook was developed for parents with a gambling problem who are concerned about the effects of gambling on their children and want to find ways to reduce the risks. This resource is also suitable for family members, friends and helping professionals who would like to better understand how children are affected by a parent’s gambling.

This resource is also available in French.

Youth, Family and Interactive Technology brochure thumbnail ​​Youth, Family and Interactive Technology

This pamphlet was developed to help parents understand and assess the risks of the interactive technologies used by their children. It also includes tips on how to encourage children to create balance in their lives and use technology safely.

This resource is also available in French.

Adolescent Problem Gambling: A Prevention Guide for Parents thumbnail Adolescent Problem Gambling: A Prevention Guide for Parents

This handbook is intended for parents, guardians and caregivers who have concerns about the gambling behaviour of an adolescent or young adult between the ages of 12 and 24. The purpose of this guide is to help parents understand adolescent problem gambling and how it affects families; understand how problem gambling heightens the risk for mental health and substance use issues; find ways to reduce the risks for the youth and their family; and find mental health and addiction supports.​

This resource is also available in French.

For clients / families

About Gambling brochure thumbnail About Gambling

This newspaper-like resource was developed for anyone who wants to learn more about gambling, its effects and dangers, odds and the laws in Ontario. It also includes information on reducing risks and getting help. This resource is particularly well suited for teenagers.​

This resource is also available in French.

ProblemGambling.ca Self-help Online Tools promotional card thumbnail Online Self-Help Tools

The purpose of this two-sided card is to promote our free and anonymous online self-help tools on ProblemGambling.ca for people concerned about their own gambling or that of someone close to them.​​

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