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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.

For training-related questions, please e-mail pssp.courses@camh.ca.​

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Problem Technology Use: An Introduction1/20/2020Online CourseHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

​This 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.

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

  • 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
  • Identify emerging treatment methods and planning strategies for problem gaming and social media use

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

​The 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.

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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
Workshops
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

  
  
  
  
  
  
Case 2 - A Study in Servers and other Spam [The Adventures of Sure-Lock Home-Keys: Solve the Mysteries of Clinical Cases Webinar Series]12/10/2019Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This series of two webinars (1.5 CEUs each) will use composite cases and elements often encountered when dealing with problematic technology use. Through various interactive polling and discussion, considerations of approaches will be illuminated, along with tips of use of technology in sessions.

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Each webinar will incorporate problem-based learning to address issues such as:

  • the use of technology in sessions with clients
  • the impact of social media on clients and therapists
  • the interaction between bio-psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual elements and technology, thus driving motives for behaviours.

Faculty:​ An award-winning psychiatrist, Dr. Ballon brings over two decades of experience in providing innovative education, simulations, facilitation & creativity for teaching and training to individuals and groups. 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 University / University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He has fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry. 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.​​​​​​​

Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention for Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use1/15/2020Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 1-hour (1 CEU) interactive and experiential webinar will introduce participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness and how it may be incorporated into relapse prevention with gambling, gaming and technology use.

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

  • define mindfulness.
  • gain an understanding of mindfulness through practice.
  • describe the nine attitudes of mindfulness.
  • explain how mindfulness can be useful in preventing relapse.

Faculty: Peter Chen, HSC, CPGC, BEd, has worked as an addiction therapist and education specialist with the Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use team (formerly the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario) at CAMH since 1995. His work involves the development of educational resources in the areas of gambling addiction and mental health service providers. These resources may 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.

Gambling and Public Health in Ontario1/28/2020WebinarHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister
Gambling is related to many public health outcomes. In this 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 pm to 1:00 pm 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 pm to 1:00 pm 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.

Faculty
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.

Archive

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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 pssp.courses@camh.ca.


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