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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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Fundamentals of Gambling and GamingOnline CourseOngoing onlineHealth/Social Service Provider

​This short, self-directed online course will provide students and professionals with a foundational understanding of problem gambling and gaming. This training presents current evidence and best practices for recognizing and supporting individuals at risk of, or experiencing, problem gambling and/or problem gaming. This includes information on evidence-based screening tools, assessment, and treatment approaches. This training is most suitable for those who wish to gain knowledge of these issues while learning at their own pace as the course is immediately accessible upon registration (4 CEUs).

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By the end of this self-directed training, learners will be able to: 
  • describe key concepts about and current research in problem gambling and problem gaming
  • identify the ways in which gambling and gaming overlap
  • recognize the risk factors and harms experienced by those with problem gambling or gaming 
  • summarize the process of screening, assessment and treatment options available for problem gambling and problem gaming

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Online CourseOnline CourseOngoing onlineHealth/Social Service Provider

​This 3-hour self-directed online course will provide participants with a basic understanding of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for problem gambling. SBIRT is an evidence-based, public health approach to the early identification and provision of treatment services to individuals engaging in potentially risky health behaviours and it has recently been adapted to address problem gambling (3 CEUs).

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This course provides:

  • Information about SBIRT protocol and SBIRT’s usefulness for problem gambling;
  • Recommendations of screening tools for problem gambling;
  • Recommendations for conducting a brief intervention and case examples;
  • Recommendations for making a referral to treatment services for problem gambling, with a focus on Ontario services;
  • Recommendations for implementing SBIRT protocol within your organization.
Problem Technology Use (PTU)11/8/2021Online CourseNov 8 - Dec 10, 2021Health/Social Service ProviderRegister

This five-week course provides a basic overview and knowledge on important topics related to problem technology use with a focus on problem gaming and problem social media use. Topics will include general overviews, risks, assessments, treatment options, and current issues. In the final week, learners will work directly with a simulated patient to practice what they have learned during the course. 16 CEUs.

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Learning objectives include:

  • Explain what problem technology use is;
  • Describe the harms associated with technology use focusing on gaming and social media use;
  • Identify problem technology prevalence rates and trends; 
  • Explain what gaming and social media is and how it relates to problem technology use;
  • Name the risk and protective factors associated with problem gaming and social media use; 
  • Identify screening and assessment tools for problem gaming and social media use; and
  • Identify emerging treatment methods and planning strategies for problem gaming and social media use.


Maria-Luisa Elias, MSW, RSW, is a Registered Social Worker with a Master Degree in Social Work by the University of Toronto. She has over 10 years of experience providing individual, family, group ,and couples counselling/psychotherapy in areas such as gambling, gaming, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and domestic violence. She has also been a presenter at the COSTI Conference on Gambling, Culture, Community, and Intervention.

Maria-Luisa uses evidence-based approaches that have proven high efficacy in facilitating positive change such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. She offers empathetic, gentle, yet empowering support, encouraging all individuals to go inside themselves to find their own answers, to follow their own dreams, and become their own agents of change.

Previous to her work as a counsellor, she was a researcher working in program development and program evaluation in areas of housing, employment, and poverty.

Making Connections with Problem Gambling: An Innovative Approach to Prevention and Treatment10/26/2021Webinar13:00-14:00 onlineHealth/Social Service Provider

This is a two-part webinar based on the “Connections” program, which is a comprehensive clinical support tool for treating problem gambling. The Connections program consists of four modules and it can be utilized in whole or in part to enhance a therapy session. The program has been empirically supported (see Connections Therapy: An Assessment of a New Treatment Program for Disordered Gamblers Kim, H. S, & Wohl, M. J. A. 2017) and for almost a decade has served as a foundational component in the treatment of problem gambling. It has proven to be highly effective when delivered individually or in a group setting, and with couples and concerned significant others. The program has tremendous utility in terms of the work done with the Precontemplator population (TTM) and with mandated clients. A key feature of the program is that it is equally effective when delivered virtually. The webinars will include an overview of the clinical underpinnings and the approach taken to facilitating the program content. The focus will be on highlighting program content and demonstrating the value of visual representations/depictions of clinical concepts and problem gambling experiences. The webinars will also introduce a unique approach to addressing gambling cognitive distortions as well as the use of experiential exercises. When you register for the webinar on October 26th, you are automatically registered for the second webinar on November 16th, also from 13:00 to 14:00 hours. Total of 2 CEUs.

Learning Objective:

  • Learn to utilize visual strategies to improve comprehension and retention of gambling-related concepts and educational information
  • Identify how traditional “talk therapy” can be enhanced by integrating imagery
  • Explain how selected program content can be utilized during therapy sessions
  • Identify strategies designed to increase client self-compassion
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This topic will be delivered over two webinars on the dates above. Content includes: Clinical underpinnings and the approach taken to facilitating the program content; using visual representations/depictions of clinical concepts and gambling experiences; and addressing problem gambling cognitive distortions. There will be a Q & A at the end of each webinar.

Steve Chiasson RP, BA, CPGC is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field. He spent the majority of his career with Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health and was also a part-time professor in the Durham College Mental Health and Addiction Program. At Lakeridge Health, Steve held the position of Lead for the Gambling and Problematic Tech Use program. Steve has developed several addictions-related treatment programs. Steve is the Digital Technology Use Consultant for School of Mental Health Ontario and a Subject Matter Expert Consultant for CAMH. He is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).


As of March 2020, all webinars are hosted through Webex and archived on Vimeo.

Webinars prior to March 2020 were held through Adobe Connect which is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars. It is based on Adobe Flash technology, so please ensure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on your computer.

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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

Etiology of Problem GamblingDr. Robert Wiliams, BA, PhD, R.Psych
September 21, 2021
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Congruence Couples TherapyBonnie Lee, MSW, RSW, PhD
July 28, 2021
Webinar PowerPoint slides and recording not available.
Podcasts and Problem Gambling: conversations to support recoveryBrian Hatch
August 26, 2021

Problem technology use in adultsMark van der Maas, Ph.D.
June 17, 2021

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What we know about treating problem gaming Liz Kyonka, Sc.B, Ph.D.
March 29, 2021

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Introducing Canada’s Lower Risk Gambling GuidelinesDavid Hodgins, PhD.
Matthew Young, PhD.
March 11, 2021

Teens and Smartphones: Exploring young peoples’ views of smartphone etiquette, ‘addiction’ and healthy tech use habits.Marie-Claire Conlin, B.A., MSc
March 10, 2021
*Webinar begins at the 5 minute mark
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Mindfulness for gambling, gaming and technology use Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd 
January 7, 2021
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Introduction to mindfulness and COVID-19 Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd 
December 21, 2020
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Trauma & Tech: Information/Misinformation Pandemic “Protect yourself from your own thoughts”. Strategies on how to healthily metabolize newsDr. Bruce Ballon, BSc, MD, ESPC, FRCPC 
June 9, 2020
Trauma & Tech Information/Misinformation Pandemic If it Bleeds it Leads! The medium is the message?Dr. Bruce Ballon, BSc, MD, ESPC, FRCPC 
May 26, 2020
Skills for Change: An Online Treatment Group for Problem GamblingNigel Turner, PhD, and Farah Jindani, PhD, MSW
May 12, 2020
Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record this webinar – our apologies.  
E-Therapy and Problem Gambling: Literature review, focus groups and expert consultations Nigel Turner, PhD, and Farah Jindani, PhD, MSW
May 5, 2020

*Password: Gambling 2020

Understanding gambling through First Nations Narratives Lisa Wabange, MSW., RSW
February 4, 2020
Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record this webinar – our apologies.  
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