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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 ethno-cultural 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 Ontario Ministry of Health funded PG treatment system providers in Ontario only.​​​

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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 following:

  • 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 position 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.​​​​​​​​

Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One10/23/2017Online CourseOctober 23rd to December 4th, 2017 onlinePG Treatment System*Log in to register

This six-week online course will provide problem gambling counsellors with a practical understanding of gambling, problem gambling and gambling treatment. It is a pre-requisite for PGIO’s Phase Two in-person training.​

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Problem Gambling11/2/2017In-Person TrainingNovember 2-3, 2017; location and time TBAPG Treatment System*Log in to register

​This specialized training 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​.​​

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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 interv​entions 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.


This course consists of an online component that includes pre-readings and activities as well as an instructor-led training in Toronto. The course is being offered twice and you can register by clicking on the links below. If there is enough interest, a third date will be added.​​​​​​​​

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Problem Gambling11/23/2017In-Person TrainingNovember 23-24, 2017; location and time TBAPG Treatment System*Log in to register

​This specialized training 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​.​​

​​​More Details​​​​​​​

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.


This course consists of an online component that includes pre-readings and activities as well as an instructor-led-training in Toronto. The course is being offered twice and you can register by clicking on the links below. If there is enough interest, a third date will be added.​​​​​

Working with Technology to Minimize Harmful Behaviours [Webinar 4 of 4]1/17/2018WebinarTime TBAPG Treatment System*Log in to register

As the final installment in the four-part webinar series addressing Techniques for Shifting Unhealthy Technology Use Towards Healthier Activities, this webinar will discuss ways of dealing with ongoing use of technology in healthy ways and developing strategies for blocking/reducing unhealthy use. Ways to track technology use and its impact on target symptoms will also be discussed. This webinar will be lead by Dr. Bruce Ballon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health​​​.

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This series of four webinars will provide clinical front line strategies, tactics and techniques for supporting behaviour change using motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy and creativity. Clinical examples will also be featured. Participants can send in vignettes before the webinars to be used for demonstrating how to employ the techniques.


Faculty: Dr. Bruce Ballon, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health​​​

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*Please note courses that identify the audience as the "PG Treatment System" are open to designated Ontario Ministry of Health funded PG treatment system providers in Ontario only.​​​