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Trainings & Webinars

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Etiology of Problem Gambling9/21/2021Webinar13:00-14:00 onlineHealth/Social Service Provider

Longitudinal investigations provide the best information about the etiological contributors to problem gambling. Many prior longitudinal studies have been conducted, including large-scale ones in Alberta (LLLP), Ontario (QLS), Sweden (Swelogs), Victoria, Australia (VGS), New Zealand (NZ-NGS), and Massachusetts (MAGIC). Collectively, these studies have provided a wealth of useful information. However, while instructive, a major limitation is that they all had very small numbers of problem gamblers (generally between 50  - 150), limiting the power of their analyses. Several of these studies also did not comprehensively assess all variables of potential etiological importance. An important finding deriving from these investigations is that the etiological predictors identified appear to be somewhat jurisdiction and time frame specific. In this regard, there have been no national Canadian longitudinal studies, and none conducted in recent years. The present study addresses these above issues with a national cohort of 10,119 Canadian gamblers that included 1,346 problem gamblers in the 2018 baseline as well as 2,710 with a mental health disorder and 778 with a substance use disorder. This presentation will report on the predictors of both concurrent problem gambling in the 2018 baseline as well at variables that most strongly predicted future problem gambling at the follow-up in 2019. It includes an analysis of the self-reported perceived causes of problem gambling among 1040 problem gamblers and the policy implications that derive from these collective findings.


Learning Objective:

To understand the causes of problem gambling in Canada and the treatment and prevention implications that derive from these results.

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Robert Williams, PhD, RPsych, is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and also a Research Coordinator for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.  Dr. Williams teaches courses on gambling; provides frequent consultation to government, industry, the media, and public interest groups; and regularly gives expert witness testimony on the impacts of gambling.  Dr. Williams is widely published and is a leading authority in the areas of:  prevention of problem gambling, the etiology of problem gambling, online gambling, the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue deriving from problem gamblers, the prevalence and nature of gambling in Aboriginal communities, and best practices in the population assessment of problem gambling. He is also the Team Lead for the AGRI National Project.


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

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