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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
Knowledge Exchange

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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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: An Introduction6/1/2020Online CourseJune 1st-July 19thHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​This 7-week (14 hours) course provides a basic overview and knowledge on important topics related to problem technology use with a focus on gaming and social media use. Topics will include general overviews, risks, assessments, treatment options and current issues (14 CEUs). 

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.
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Peter Chen HSC, CPGC, Bed has worked as an addiction therapist and education specialist with the Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use (formerly the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario), Knowledge Exchange program at CAMH since 1995. His work involves the development of educational resources in the area of problem gambling and technology use for addiction and mental health service providers. These resources include online courses, webinars, face-to-face workshops and published material. He is also the chair of the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and his area of specialty is in the integration of mindfulness meditation and clinical practice. 

He introduced mindfulness to the Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Service at CAMH and led Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention groups for the clients. 

He has also facilitated mindfulness workshops for CAMH staff and external allied professionals. 

Trauma & Tech: Information/Misinformation Pandemic “Protect yourself from your own thoughts”. Strategies on how to healthily metabolize news6/9/2020Webinar10:30am-12:00pm onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​Although this phenomenon is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the effects of massive amounts of media from multiple online sources that can act as a stressor to affect people's mental health such as the development of anxiety and even trauma disorder symptoms. Issues of trust, dealing with ambiguity, and health concerns all create the perfect storm. The purpose of this webinar is to explore how information in certain forms and contexts can be harmful versus helpful; how it will impact patients as well as healthcare workers; and strategies to deal with the reality of the situation (1.5 CEUs).

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify and develop critical thinking skills;
  • Identify limit setting approaches; and
  • Using Radical Acceptance techniques.
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Bruce Ballon, BSc, MD, ESPC, FRCPC is an award-winning psychiatrist, who brings over two decades of experience in providing innovative experiential education, creative clinical program development for complex populations, and evidence-based clinical care. Dr. Ballon is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the Ontario Tech (formerly the University of Ontario Institute of Technology) Faculty of Health Sciences. He has fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry, with specializations in psychological trauma treatment and psychotherapy.
He is the Medical Director for the Nurses' Health Program of Ontario, as well as the Medical Director for the Ontario Pharmacy Health Program. Dr. Ballon is also a consultant psychiatrist to Homewood Health's specialty clinic, focusing on clinical approaches for complex cases of concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Dr. Ballon is a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, where he is involved in developing simulation & innovative experiential training. He also participates in the Arts and Humanities activities offered through Mount Sinai Hospital. As the Director of Education for SIM-one, he embraced a collaborative approach, developing numerous programs and helping foster the next generation of simulationists. He also was the creator & Head of both the Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Program and the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which developed into the ongoing Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Services.


Webinars are 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

E-Therapy and Problem Gambling (Part 1): Literature review, focus groups and expert consultations Nigel Turner, PhD, and Farah Jindani, PhD, MSW
May 5, 2020 View

*Password: Gambling 2020

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