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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long​​​-Term Care (MOHLTC) to provide online and face-to-face training for Ontario’s specialized problem gambling treatment system (problem gambling treatment professionals who work in a MOHLTC-funded program) as well as other helping professionals, including financial​ counsellors, correctional workers, addiction​ and mental health specialists, Employee Assistance Program providers and ethnocultural workers.

​Our team of therapist-trainers, knowledge exchange and research specialists develop curriculum and deliver trainings to provide the treatment system and other helping professionals with the latest information on ​evidence-informed practices. For training-related questions or requests, please contact us​.​

*Please note courses that identify the audience as the "PG Treatment System" are open to designated MOHLTC-funded problem gambling treatment system providers in Ontario only.​​​

If you are already enrolled in a course and are looking for the online courses website, go to courses.problemgambling.ca.

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Early Intervention Makes a Difference: A Course for Helping ProfessionalsOnline CourseOngoing onlineHelping ProfessionalsRegister
​​​This course has been designed to support helping professionals to identify and respond to problem gambling in their clients. It will provide information about screening, assessment and treatment of problem gambling and will link to key resources and referral options.

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This course will cover:

  • the nature and scope of problem gambling in Ontario
  • ​screening for problem gambling
  • evidence-based treatment options
  • key resources for education and referral.

Pharmacological Treatments in Psychiatry: Understanding Uses, Benefits and Side EffectsWebinarOngoing onlinePG Treatment System*Log in to register

This 90-minute self-directed online course comprised of seven modules explores the use of medications for the treatment of clients with ​gambling problems and concurrent disorders. Dr. Daniela Lobo, Clinician-Scientist at ​the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto​, will lead the course.

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This 90-minute self-directed online course comprised of seven modules explores the use of medications in the treatment of clients with gambling problems and concurrent disorders.


Faculty:​ Daniela Lobo, MD, PhD, FRCPC, currently holds a clinician-scientist position at the Addictions Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto​. Sh​e has been involved in treatment and research of pathological gambling since 2000. Dr. Lobo finished her PhD at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil, on the genetics and personality features of people with ​pathological gambling. She is currently investigating the genetics aspects of biobehavioural phenotypes that underlie pathological gambling.​​​​​​​​

I Love A Good Clinical Handout: Answering Five Key Questions About The Neurobiology Of Problem Gambling Using Person-Centered, High Quality Clinical Handouts5/16/2018Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am onlinePG Treatment System*Log in to register

This 90-minute webinar will discuss the results of a GREO BET 15K-funded initiative–a collaborative project between problem gambling researchers and counsellors–in which handouts designed for use in counselling sessions were developed. Deirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC, Andrea Strancaric, MSW, Iris Balodis, PhD and Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate, will discuss the high quality clinical handouts and tips for how to use them in practice.

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This webinar will share the results of a GREO BET 15K-funded initiative–a collaborative project between problem gambling researchers and counsellors–in which handouts designed for use in counselling sessions were developed. Using findings from current research, these tools answer five frequently asked questions about the brain and problem gambling. The information is presented in a narrative style and is linked with clients’ experiences through clinical and knowledge-check exercises. Come to this webinar to find out the neurobiological answers to questions such as "Why do people keep gambling even when it isn't fun anymore?" and "Why do people sometimes switch from gambling to another addiction?" High quality clinical handouts and tips for how to use them will be provided to participants of the session to try in their own practice.

Faculty:​ Deirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC and Andrea Strancaric, MSW from the Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services in the City of Hamilton, Iris Balodis, PhD an Assistant Professor at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate in the Neuroscience graduate program at McMaster University, will lead the webinar.


I Love A Good Clinical Handout: Answering Five Key Questions About The Neurobiology Of Problem Gambling Using Person-Centered, High Quality Clinical Handouts5/28/2018Webinar2:00 pm to 3:30 pm onlinePG Treatment System*Log in to register

This 90-minute webinar will discuss the results of a GREO BET 15K-funded initiative–a collaborative project between problem gambling researchers and counsellors–in which handouts designed for use in counselling sessions were developed. Deirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC, Andrea Strancaric, MSW, Iris Balodis, PhD and Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate, will discuss the high quality clinical handouts and tips for how to use them in practice.

More Details​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This webinar will share the results of a GREO BET 15K-funded initiative–a collaborative project between problem gambling researchers and counsellors–in which handouts designed for use in counselling sessions were developed. Using findings from current research, these tools answer five frequently asked questions about the brain and problem gambling. The information is presented in a narrative style and is linked with clients’ experiences through clinical and knowledge-check exercises. Come to this webinar to find out the neurobiological answers to questions such as "Why do people keep gambling even when it isn't fun anymore?" and "Why do people sometimes switch from gambling to another addiction?" High quality clinical handouts and tips for how to use them will be provided to participants of the session to try in their own practice.

Faculty:​ Deirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC and Andrea Strancaric, MSW from the Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services in the City of Hamilton, Iris Balodis, PhD an Assistant Professor at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate in the Neuroscience graduate program at McMaster University, will lead the webinar.


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*Please note courses that identify the audience as the "PG Treatment System" are open to designated MOHLTC-funded problem gambling treatment system providers in Ontario only.​​​