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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use 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. 

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

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Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase Two2/17/2020Online CourseHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​This (18 CEU) course consists of 6 facilitated online modules that address common clinical issues affecting people with gambling problems. The content focuses on skills development and the application of theoretical concepts covered in the Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One online course. This training further explores and practices skills, tools and provides resources needed to work with the problem gambling client from assessment to treatment planning.

Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One is a prerequisite to this training.

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At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ways to cultivate therapeutic alliance
  • Demonstrate ability to complete of problem gambling screening and assessment tools and show awareness of when to make a referral to specialized problem gambling treatment system
  • Identity a client's stage of change and utilize appropriate strategies to match treatment to stage of change
  • Demonstrate knowledge about money, its value and impact and identify one's own comfort level talking with clients about money
  • Describe problem gambling co-occurring mental health and addiction issues and explain the importance of addressing them in treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific evidence-based counselling techniques for treating problem gambling with a simulated client with problem gambling

You will be required to participate in two webinars over the six weeks. The first one will be on Thursday March 12 and the second one is in the final week of the course. For the second webinar, course participants will be divided into small groups and scheduled for one hour to work with a standardized client where you will have the opportunity to practice your clinical skills in a role play. These webinars will be scheduled on March 24th and 25th; you will be assigned your time once the course begins.

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
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

Gambling and Public Health in Ontario1/28/2020Webinar12:00 to 13:00 EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister
Gambling is related to many public health outcomes. In this 1-hour (1 CEU) webinar, Dr. Elton-Marshall will provide recent findings from several studies exploring the extent to which gambling relates to behavioural addictions, substance use, bullying, and physical activity among adolescents in Ontario. She will further discuss recent findings about the legalization of online gambling in Ontario and how online gamblers may differ from “land based only” gamblers.
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​Faculty: Tara Elton-Marshall, PhD

Tara Elton-Marshall, PhD, is an Independent Scientist in the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH, an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Dr. Elton-Marshall’s research evaluates the impact of population level addiction and substance use-related policies and programs with the goal of providing the evidence needed to strengthen future policy and programming. She is currently leading research to evaluate the impact of the legalization of online gambling in Ontario and to inform school-based problem gambling prevention strategies in Ontario.

Understanding gambling through First Nations Narratives 2/4/2020Webinar12:00 to 13:00 EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This webinar (1 CEU) will focus on First Nations perspectives and experiences with gambling, through a decolonized, strengths- based approach. The webinar will provide a history of gambling in First Nations communities through the presenter's stories and experiences as a helper, exploring the link to trauma, grief, and, consequently, disconnection from self and from one's community. As a helper, Lisa will also share how exploring and understanding a client's gifts, values, language, spirituality, history and connection to culture can complement one's ways of knowing, being and helping to contribute to enhanced therapeutic relationships.

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During this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the history of gambling in First Nations communities;
  • Explore the link to trauma, grief, and, consequently, disconnection from self and from one's community; and
  • Explore how understanding a client's gifts, values, language, spirituality, history and connection to culture can complement one's ways of knowing, being and helping to contribute to enhanced therapeutic relationships.

Faculty: Lisa Wabange, MSW., RSW, is a member of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation (Treaty #3) in Northwestern Ontario. She is the Community Support Specialist with Shkaabe Makwa at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Through her role, she provides evidence-based and culturally informed professional development training to Indigenous mental health and addictions workers across Ontario who provides direct services to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. Lisa has held various roles including Coordinator, Counsellor, Researcher, Sessional Lecturer and Facilitator. She has always been passionate about incorporating Indigenous history and knowledge within programming, education, research, as well as policy and curriculum development. She enjoys being part of the healing process at an individual and community level.

Identifying and Mitigating Liability Risks for Excessive Gambling Behaviour2/18/2020Webinar12:00 to 13:00 EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This webinar (1 CEU) will provide an overview of casinos’ potential liability in negligence for contributing to the risk of excessive gambling, with comparisons to the well-established liability of licensed alcohol providers. Risk factors include game design, loyalty programs, and an absence of harm-limiting mechanisms. A case study involving loyalty program data will be used to illustrate how excessive gambling behaviour can be identified and addressed.

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At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the criteria through which Canadian law identifies a duty of care;
  • Identify the practices that contribute to the risk of excessive gambling;
  • Examine patterns in loyalty program data that indicate an increase in excessive gambling behaviour; and
  • Develop strategies for mitigating risk and avoiding liability in negligence.

Erika Chamberlain, LLB, PhD, is Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Her primary research focus is the tort liability of police and public authorities, and she has also published extensively in alcohol and drug-impaired driving law. She speaks regularly at academic, professional, and judicial conferences.

Rob Simpson was the Provincial Health Promotion consultant at the Addiction Research Foundation from 1983-86, during which time, was principal author of Ontario’s original server training program (SIP). From 1986 forward, he served as Executive Director of the Wellington-Dufferin District Health Council, CEO of Homewood Behavioural Health, and CEO of the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre from its inception until retiring in 2010. He presently maintains a boutique consulting practice as Principal of Sagewood Resources, conducting independent research on the impact of gambling expansion and writing about the prevention of gambling harm. Since 2000, he has served as expert witness in over 85 alcohol-related liability actions and, since 2010, in six gambling-related actions.

Sports Betting: Extent, Characteristics and Policy and Clinical Implications3/3/2020Webinar12:00 to 13:00 EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

Given significant technological advances and laws lifting prohibition, sports wagering has grown in popularity. Individuals are engaging is sports wagering more often, and the total amount of money wagered is increasing. The expansion of this emerging gambling enterprise has legislative, regulation, and public health implications. This webinar (1 CEU) will provide a broad overview of the research on sports gambling, and highlight new issues posed by technology and sports fantasy gambling. Adolescent sports betting, public policy issues and treatment approaches will also be discussed. The article can be found in the Journal of Gambling Issues.

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This webinar will help participants:

  • Increase knowledge about the characteristics of problem sports gambling;
  • Gain understanding of the role of new technologies for sports betting; and
  • Increase knowledge of public policy and treatment issues.

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute (MN location) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota. Dr. Winters retired as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years. Dr. Winters received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including drug abuse and problem gambling. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. He served for several years on the Science Advisory Board for the National Center for Responsible Gaming and is currently on the Research Board for the National Council on Problem Gambling. Dr. Winters has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations, some of which focused on problem gambling, and has published over 135 peer-reviewed articles. He is a frequent speaker and trainer.


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If you miss one of our webinars, the recording will be in our archives below; please allow one week before contacting us at

The Adventures of Sure-Lock Home-Keys: Solve the Mysteries of Clinical Cases Case 2- A Study in Servers and other SpamBruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC
December 10, 2019 View
The Adventures of Sure-Lock Home-Keys: Solve the Mysteries of Clinical Cases Case 1- The Hound of the Bluetooth and other Tales (or Tails)Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC
November 19, 2019 View

*Please note that the recording starts after about 10 minutes into the webinar

Being in the zone: How the experience of flow, gaming motives, and mood play a role in problem video gaming behaviorChanel Larche, PhD candidate
November 5, 2019 View
Gambling and Young Adults: Motivations, Demographics, Mental Health, and Implications for Health PracticeMatthew Sanscartier, PhD candidate
October 22, 2019 View
Loot boxes, Twitch streaming and ESports: Looking at research on how gambling and video gaming converge in these arenas Chanel Larche, PhD candidate
September 24, 2019 View
Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention for Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd
September 12, 2019 View
Gambling Expansion and Public Policy Jean-François Crépault, MA
June 18, 2019 View
The Northwestern Ontario Wellness: A Gambling Response Program Lena Quilty, PhD, CPsychMarch 27, 2019 View
Medication and Problem Gambling Treatment: Understanding Uses, Benefits and Side Effects Daniela Lobo, MD, PhD, FRCPCMarch 22, 2019 View

*Please note that the recording starts after about 5 minutes into the webinar

Promoting Engagement in Healthy, Meaningful Activities as Alternatives to Problematic Behaviours Matthew Tsuda, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), BEd, BA (Hons)March 13, 2019 View
Introduction to Compassion Fatigue Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RPJanuary 24, 2019 View
Poverty and Gambling Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RPJanuary 9, 2019 View
X Reality Therapy: Current Use of Technology to Assist in Treating Trauma-Related Disorders Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPCDecember 4, 2018 View
Recent Evidence on Internet Gambling in Ontario Tara Elton-Marshall, PhDNovember 28, 2018 View
Relapse Prevention and the Inventory of Gambling Situations Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEdNovember 14, 2018 View
Coping Strategies Used by Partners of Individuals with Problem Gambling Mélissa Côté, ps.éd., and Joël Tremblay, PhDOctober 19, 2018 View
Stages of Change and Problem Gambling Sarah Waldman, MA, RP October 10, 2018 View
Treating Tech-Related Trauma: Comparing and Contrasting Treatment Approaches for Dealing with Trauma from Tech-Related Sources Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC September 18, 2018 View
Concurrent Disorders and the Mental Status ExamMatthew Tsuda, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), BEd, BA (Hons)August 8, 2018 View
How Gambling Behaviours of Older Men and Women Challenge Previous Research on Gender and GamblingMark van der Maas, PhDJuly 25, 2018 View
I Love A Good Clinical Handout: Answering Five Key Questions About The Neurobiology Of Problem GamblingDeirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC
Andrea Strancaric, MSW
Iris Balodis, PhD
Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate
July 23, 2018 View
Problem Technology Use and Mental HealthLisa Pont, RSW, MSWJuly 11, 2018 View
Cyber Sticks & Stones: Exploring How Technology Opens Portals to Worlds of Potential Traumatic ExperiencesBruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPCJune 5, 2018 View
I Love A Good Clinical Handout: Answering Five Key Questions About The Neurobiology Of Problem GamblingDeirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC
Andrea Strancaric, MSW
Iris Balodis, PhD
Fiza Arshad, MSc candidate
May 16, 2018 View