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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) is part of the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Our team of therapist-trainers and education specialists develop and deliver trainings to provide professionals with the latest information on evidence-informed practices for the identification and treatment of problem gambling and other behavioural addictions including problem technology use.

When courses have fees, they are listed in the course descriptions below but enrollment is free for all addiction and mental health service providers in Ontario. If you are a professional working within an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Problem Gambling Funded Agency, you are eligible for travel expense reimbursement to attend face-to-face courses and other educational events.

All of our courses and webinars are accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and when applicable, the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are listed in the course descriptions below.

For training-related questions or requests, please contact us​.​

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Early Intervention Makes a Difference: A Course for Helping ProfessionalsOnline CourseOngoing onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​​​This 90-minute (1.5 CEUs) self-directed course has been designed to support addiction/mental health 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 EffectsOnline CourseOngoing onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 2-hour (2 CEUs) self-directed online course comprised of seven modules explores the use of medications for the treatment of clients with ​gambling problems and concurrent disorders. Daniela Lobo, MD, PhD, FRCPC, 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 2-hour 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.​​​​​​​​

Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One4/9/2018Online CourseApril 9 to May 22, 2018 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This six-week (18 CEUs) online course will provide addiction/mental health professionals with a practical understanding of gambling, problem gambling, and gambling treatment. It is a pre-requisite for our Phase Two in-person training. Fee outside of Ontario is $375.​​​​​​ ​​Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One will be led by Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd.

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The learning objectives for this course are:

  • to describe fundamental concepts in gambling and explain the importance of odds, randomness and the house’s advantage
  • to describe the gambling environment in Ontario, including the types of gambling activities available
  • to identify the vulnerability factors, signs, consequences and common features of problematic gambling
  • to identify key areas to explore when conducting a problem gambling assessment
  • to apply knowledge of key clinical aspects related to screening and assessing
  • to explain the process involved in negotiating a treatment plan
  • to demonstrate knowledge of how to support clients in setting treatment goals
  • to apply relapse prevention strategies when working with clients experiencing problems with gambling.
Introduction to Mindfulness4/24/2018Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This interactive and experiential webinar will introduce participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness and how it may be incorporated into clinical practice.

Learning objectives include:

  • To define mindfulness.
  • To gain an understanding of mindfulness through practice.
  • To describe the nine attitudes of mindfulness.
  • To describe the benefits of mindfulness.
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Peter Chen is an Addiction Therapist and Education Specialist with the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at CAMH, where he has worked since 1995. He introduced mindfulness to the Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Service at CAMH almost 10 years ago and has been leading Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention groups for the clients. He was also involved with the research on these groups and the development of the manual for Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Problem Gambling. He has also facilitated mindfulness workshops for CAMH staff and external allied professionals. 


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Problem Gambling4/26/2018In-Person TrainingApril 26 to 27, 2018 at Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown TorontoHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​This 14-hour (14 CEUs) specialized training consists of an online component that includes pre-readings and activities as well as an instructor-led training in Toronto that focuses on learning fundamental CBT theory and interventions as they apply to mood, anxiety and gambling problems​.​ The online component will be led by Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RP, and the in-person training will be led by Natalie Vilhena-Churchill, PhD, CPsych.​

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Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used and empirically validated therapy for problem gambling. This training focuses on learning fundamental CBT theory and interventions as they apply to mood, anxiety and gambling problems. Participants will learn how to collaboratively identify goals with clients, practice CBT interventions, relapse prevention strategies, and troubleshoot common challenges that may arise over the course of therapy.

The learning objectives for this training are:

  • to describe the core principles of CBT, including its underlying theory and basic principles of treatment
  • to identify the components of the CBT 5-Part Model and apply this knowledge in your practice
  • to describe two CBT treatment strategies recommended for people with problem gambling
  • to understand how the elements of CBT can be modified to address anxiety and mood disorders.

Faculty: Natalie Vilhena-Churchill, PhD, CPsych, is a registered clinical and counselling psychologist in Ontario. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gambling Knowledge Hub at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her clinical work has focused on cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, working with individuals with severe mental illness and, more recently, workplace injuries. Her research interests include examining the motivational mechanisms of addictive behaviours, including both substance use and gambling.

Compassion Fatigue: Even the Best Get It5/7/2018Online CourseMay 7 to June 14, 2018 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 16-hour (16 CEUs) online course will provide counsellors and therapists who want to recognize and begin to address their own signs of compassion fatigue. This course be led by Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RP.

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This online course is for counsellors and therapists who want to recognize and begin to address their own signs of compassion fatigue. This 16-hour course (approximately three hours each week) is comprised of readings, online discussion board postings and four webinars. Participants must be able to attend the webinars in order to participate. They will be offered on May 7th and 24th, and June 7th and 14th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe their own personal signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • understand that compassion fatigue is the cost of doing this work
  • begin to develop their own plans of support.
Problem Technology Use5/7/2018Online CourseMay 7 to June 24, 2018 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This six-week (12 CEUs) online course has been designed for addiction/mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about the area of problem technology use.​​​​​​ The course will be led by Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW. Fee outside of Ontario is $375.

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This six-week online course, which runs for two hours weekly, will provide addiction/mental health professionals with more information about problem technology use. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify common online activities, social media websites and video game genres
  • identify potentially risky and harmful behaviours associated with online activities
  • explain the risk factors, signs and symptoms of problem technology use
  • describe formal and informal screening methods for problem technology use
  • describe a range of treatment options for managing problem technology use and common co-occurring issues.

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 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 90-minute (1.5 CEUs) 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. Register for 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.

The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • to learn how to accurately answer five often-asked client questions about the neurobiology of problem gambling
  • to learn how to effectively integrate these clinical tools into your practice
  • to learn how to use the handouts to enhance your clinical work and help clients apply what they have learned to their own situations.

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

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 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 90-minute (1.5 CEUs) 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. Register for 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.

The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • to learn how to accurately answer five often-asked client questions about the neurobiology of problem gambling
  • to learn how to effectively integrate these clinical tools into your practice
  • to learn how to use the handouts to enhance your clinical work and help clients apply what they have learned to their own situations.

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

Cyber Sticks and Stones: Exploring How Technology Opens Portals to Worlds of Potential Traumatic Experiences [Technology & Trauma Series Webinar 1 of 4]6/5/2018Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am onlineHelping ProfessionalsRegister

This 1.5-hour (1.5 CEUs) webinar is part of a 4-part webinar series that will explore how 21st century technology is transforming the ways people are exposed to stress and trauma, and the ways it is used to treat people who develop trauma-related disorders. The webinars will be led by Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC.

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The learning objectives for this 4-part webinar series are:

  • to identify how technological mediums can be a source of trauma
  • to become familiar with techniques for assessing the effects of different types of tech-cyber-activities and effects on mental health
  • to apply the use of Trauma Treatment strategies to deal with tech-related effects

Faculty: Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, a Director of Education for SIM-one and a consultant for Homewood Health's specialty clinics across Canada, focusing on concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Bruce holds fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry.

Treating Tech-Related Trauma: Comparing and Contrasting Treatment Approaches for Dealing with Trauma from Tech-Related Sources [Technology & Trauma Series Webinar 2 of 4]9/18/2018Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 1.5-hour (1.5 CEUs) webinar is part of a 4-part webinar series that will explore how 21st century technology is transforming the ways people are exposed to stress and trauma, and the ways it is used to treat people who develop trauma-related disorders. The webinars will be led by Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC.

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The learning objectives for this 4-part webinar series are:

  • to identify how technological mediums can be a source of trauma
  • to become familiar with techniques for assessing the effects of different types of tech-cyber-activities and effects on mental health
  • to apply the use of Trauma Treatment strategies to deal with tech-related effects

Faculty: Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, a Director of Education for SIM-one and a consultant for Homewood Health's specialty clinics across Canada, focusing on concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Bruce holds fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry.

Hypersexuality11/8/2018In-Person TrainingNovember 8 to 9, 2018 at Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown TorontoHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 16-hour (16 CEUs) online and in-person training is intended for clinicians who want to learn how to work with typically-presenting clients with hypersexual behaviour. This training will be led by Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW and Ainslie Heasman, PhD, CPsych.

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Note: This course is intended for clinicians who have experience working with people with addictions. Familiarity with modalities such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-behavioural Therapy are required as they will be applied to clinical cases using a standardized client. 

This 16-hour training is intended for clinicians who want to learn how to work with typically-presenting clients who have hypersexual behaviour. The online portion of the course (5 hours) will focus on the conceptual models of problem sexual behaviours, terminology, typical sexual behaviours and the professional competency and ethical requirements of working with clients who have hypersexual behaviour. The face-to-face portion of the training (11 hours) will focus on applying clinical skills with this population including screening, assessment and practicing different modalities with a standardized client.

After this training, participants will have increased comfort with screening and assessing clients with hypersexuality as well as applying current skills with this population (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and relapse prevention). Participants will also be able to identify resources and referrals for clients with hypersexuality.

The learning objectives for this training are:

  • to define “normative” sexuality
  • to explain and contrast the conceptual models of hypersexuality
  • to describe common clinical themes of clients presenting with hypersexuality
  • to identify terminology related to sexual diversity
  • to demonstrate awareness of professional competencies and ethical considerations for clinicians working with clients who present with hypersexuality.

Faculty: Ainslie Heasman, PhD, CPsych, is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who received her PhD in 2005 from the California School of Professional Psychology. Ainslie is currently with the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at CAMH and is also an associate at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto, ON. She is engaged in the assessment and treatment of adults with sexual behaviour concerns, including clients who have had conflict with the law and clients seeking service independently for hypersexuality or paraphilic interests.


X Reality Therapy: Current Use of Technology to Assist in Treating Trauma-Related Disorders [Technology & Trauma Series Webinar 3 of 4]12/4/2018Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 1.5-hour (1.5 CEUs) webinar is part of a 4-part webinar series that will explore how 21st century technology is transforming the ways people are exposed to stress and trauma, and the ways it is used to treat people who develop trauma-related disorders. The webinars will be led by Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC.

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The learning objectives for this 4-part webinar series are:

  • to identify how technological mediums can be a source of trauma
  • to become familiar with techniques for assessing the effects of different types of tech-cyber-activities and effects on mental health
  • to apply the use of Trauma Treatment strategies to deal with tech-related effects

Faculty: Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, a Director of Education for SIM-one and a consultant for Homewood Health's specialty clinics across Canada, focusing on concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Bruce holds fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry.

Hypersexuality12/6/2018In-Person TrainingDecember 6 to 7, 2018 at Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown TorontoHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 16-hour (16 CEUs) online and in-person training is intended for clinicians who want to learn how to work with typically-presenting clients with hypersexual behaviour. This training will be led by Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW and Ainslie Heasman, PhD, CPsych.

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This 16-hour training is intended for clinicians who want to learn how to work with typically-presenting clients who have hypersexual behaviour. The online portion of the course (5 hours) will focus on the conceptual models of problem sexual behaviours, terminology, typical sexual behaviours and the professional competency and ethical requirements of working with clients who have hypersexual behaviour. The face-to-face portion of the training (11 hours) will focus on applying clinical skills with this population including screening, assessment and practicing different modalities with a standardized client.

After this training, participants will have increased comfort with screening and assessing clients with hypersexuality as well as applying current skills with this population (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and relapse prevention). Participants will also be able to identify resources and referrals for clients with hypersexuality.

The learning objectives for this training are:

  • to define “normative” sexuality
  • to explain and contrast the conceptual models of hypersexuality
  • to describe common clinical themes of clients presenting with hypersexuality
  • to identify terminology related to sexual diversity
  • to demonstrate awareness of professional competencies and ethical considerations for clinicians working with clients who present with hypersexuality.

Faculty: Ainslie Heasman, PhD, CPsych, is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who received her PhD in 2005 from the California School of Professional Psychology. Ainslie is currently with the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at CAMH and is also an associate at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto, ON. She is engaged in the assessment and treatment of adults with sexual behaviour concerns, including clients who have had conflict with the law and clients seeking service independently for hypersexuality or paraphilic interests.


Vicarious Virtual Vulnerabilities: Addressing Staff Needs and Support When Dealing with Clients with Tech-Trauma Related Issues [Technology & Trauma Series Webinar 4 of 4]2/5/2019Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 1.5-hour (1.5 CEUs) webinar is part of a 4-part webinar series that will explore how 21st century technology is transforming the ways people are exposed to stress and trauma, and the ways it is used to treat people who develop trauma-related disorders. The webinars will be led by Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC.

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The learning objectives for this 4-part webinar series are:

  • to identify how technological mediums can be a source of trauma
  • to become familiar with techniques for assessing the effects of different types of tech-cyber-activities and effects on mental health
  • to apply the use of Trauma Treatment strategies to deal with tech-related effects

Faculty: Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, a Director of Education for SIM-one and a consultant for Homewood Health's specialty clinics across Canada, focusing on concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Bruce holds fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry.

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Previous Trainings

In-Person Trainings
Running Problem Gambling Groups
Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Problematic Internet Use
Involving Families in Problem Gambling
Mindfulness Training
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Couples Workshop - Emotionally Focused Therapy
Gambling and Ethnicity
Screening and First Stage Trauma Treatment for Problem Gambling Clients
Raising Awareness of Problem Gambling
Counselling Couples and Family Members
Concurrent Disorders: Focus on the Mental Status Exam
Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase Two
Online Trainings
Prevention & Referral Specialist: Level One
Prevention & Referral Specialist: Level Two
Prevention & Referral Specialist
Fundamental Concepts of Problem Gambling
Dealing with Problem Gambling in a Primary Care Setting
Financial Fitness and Problem Gambling
Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One
Introduction to Concurrent Disorders
Problem Gambling: Early Intervention Makes a Difference
Pharmacological Treatments in Problem Gambling
Credit Canada
Casino Responsible Gambling Online Training
Responsible Gambling Advanced Training
Introduction to Responsible Gambling
Advanced Responsible Gambling Reinforcements
Responsible Gambling Training for Charitable Gaming Employees
Workshops
Corrections Canada
Introduction to Problem Gambling (CARP)
Problem Gambling: Workshop for Credit Union Staff
Credit Counselling Skills Training
Overview of Credit Counselling for Problem Gambling Counsellors
Discharging Your Gambling Clients (trustee workshop)
Introduction to Gambling and Problem Gambling for Ethnoracial Service Providers
Gambling and Homelessness
Gambling Services and Alternatives for Youth
Problem Gambling and Concurrent Disorders (Penetanguishene)
Pathological Gambling: An Emerging Health Issue (Clinic Day for Family Physicians)
Introduction To Problem Gambling In The Workplace
Workplace Gambling: A Health Promotion Intervention
Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Gaming and Internet Overuse
Introduction to Problem Gambling
Clinical Issues and Problem Gambling
Engaging and Understanding Youth
Coping with the Wired World
Gambling Awareness Training – Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Introduction to Problem Gambling: Aboriginal Populations
Escape the Black (Game) Box
Problem Gambling and Concurrent Disorders
Interactions Between Psychiatric Medications and Drugs of Abuse
Blended Trainings (online + in-person)
Cognitive-behavioural Therapy
Problematic Internet Use Course
RGRC and Motivational Interviewing
Setting the Stage: Building Best Clinical Practices in Concurrent Disorders
Pharmacology: The Basics