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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 or requests, please email problem.gambling@camh.ca.​

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Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One1/14/2019Online CourseJanuary 14 to February 18, 2019 onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderIntroduction to Problem Gambling: Phase One

This five-week (15 CEUs) online course will provide problem gambling counsellors and addiction and mental health service providers with a practical understanding of gambling, problem gambling and gambling treatment. The course is comprised of 5 eLearning modules and 2 webinars; students are required to read material, complete discussion board assignments, and participate in both webinars. The course work will take approximately 1-3 hours each week and the webinars will take approximately 45 minutes each. This online course is a pre-requisite for our Introduction to Problem Gambling: Phase Two course. Fee outside of Ontario is $375.

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Completion of all eLearning modules and participation in both webinars is required. Participation in each webinar will require the use of a web camera and speakers.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe fundamental concepts in gambling including odds, randomness and house advantage
  • identify the risk factors, and consequences of problem gambling
  • identify two screening tools for problem gambling
  • identify key areas to explore when conducting a problem gambling assessment
  • apply knowledge of key clinical aspects related to screening and assessing
  • explain how to use cognitive-behavioural therapy in treating people with problem gambling
  • describe how a motivational interviewing (MI) approach can be useful when working with clients with gambling problems.

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 area of gambling addiction for 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.

Mindfulness for Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use1/29/2019In-Person TrainingTuesday, Jan 29 from 9-5pm at CAMH Russell street site, Room 2029Health/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one-day interactive and experiential workshop will provide participants with an introductory overview of mindfulness meditation, the practices, attitudes and concepts, along with how to incorporate them into clinical practice with gambling clients.

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

  • Define mindfulness.
  • Describe the nine attitudes of mindfulness.
  • Explain the similarities and differences between mindfulness and psychotherapy.
  • Identify mindfulness strategies that can be helpful for clients.
  • Facilitate a range of mindfulness practices with clients.
  • Conduct Inquiry following a Mindfulness practice.
  • Identify which clients would be suitable for Mindfulness.
  • Incorporate Mindfulness in relapse prevention work with clients.
  • Describe the evidence that supports mindfulness as a treatment approach for gambling clients.
  • Develop a personal mindfulness practice.

Facilitator: Peter Chen

Peter works as an Addiction Therapist and Education Specialist with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use-Knowledge Exchange program (formerly Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario) at CAMH, where he has worked since 1995. He introduced mindfulness to the Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Service at CAMH almost 10 years ago and has been leading Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention groups for the clients. He was also involved with the research on these groups and the development of the manual for Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Problem Gambling. He has also facilitated mindfulness workshops for CAMH staff and external allied professionals.



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

  
  
  
  
  
  
Poverty and Gambling [Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use Webinar Series]1/9/2019Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one-hour (1 CEU) webinar will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to be able to identify the signs of a potential gambling issue in someone experiencing poverty. This webinar will be led by Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RP.

This webinar is part of a six-part series designed for problem gambling counsellors and other mental health/addiction service providers. A letter of completion will be issued for each webinar so you can enroll in those that are of most interest to you.

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The learning objectives for this six-part webinar series are to:

  • implement screening and assessment tools with clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • provide brief interventions to clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • apply counselling best-practices to clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • access additional resources for treatment.

Faculty: Beth Murray, MEd, CPGC, RP, has worked in the field of addictions for many years. For several of those years, Beth worked in a community based Problem Gambling Treatment Program for women. Her experience in counselling, outreach, community development and training led her to her position of Education Specialist/Therapist with the Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use team (formerly the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario) at CAMH. Her interests include understanding Compassion Fatigue and the impact it has on clinical staff. She has a Masters degree in Education, focusing on Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto.

Introduction to Compassion Fatigue1/24/2019Webinar12:00pm – 1:00pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one hour webinar will review principles of Compassion Fatigue and how specific strategies can be used to support those working with Gambling, Gaming and Tech Use clients.  

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Pre-work: A screener and a rating scale will be sent to participants to complete and score prior to the webinar.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this one hour webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define Compassion Fatigue
  • Review supportive tools and resources
  • Begin to develop a sustainable plan for 1 element that you would like to address

Facilitator

​Beth Murray has worked in the field of addictions for 18 years. For several years, Beth worked in a community based Problem Gambling Treatment Program for women. Her experience in counselling, outreach, community development and training led her to her position of Education Specialist/Therapist with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has a Master’s degree in Education, focusing on Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. Beth is also a TEND Academy trained Compassion Fatigue Trainer and a Traumatology Institute trained Compassion Fatigue Specialist.

E-therapy for Problem Gambling [Research Webinar Series]1/30/2019Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one-hour (1 CEU) webinar will present the recent work on e-therapy for problem gambling by Dr. Nigel Turner and his team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This webinar will be led by Nigel Turner, PhD.

This webinar is part of a five-part series designed for researchers, scientists and other professionals in the gambling, gaming and technology use research field. A letter of completion will be issued for each webinar so you can enroll in those that are of most interest to you.

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The learning objectives for this five-part webinar series are to:

  • identify emerging trends/issues related to problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • apply emerging evidence to clinical best practices in problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • access additional resources related to problem gambling, technology use and video gaming.

Faculty: Nigel Turner, PhD, received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 1995. He has worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1995 where he has studied addictions. He is currently focused on understanding the mental processes related to gambling addiction. He has extensive experience in various research methods including psychometrics, surveys, experimental studies, computer simulations, interviews and focus groups. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and has made numerous conference presentations.

Vicarious Virtual Vulnerabilities: Addressing Staff Needs and Support When Dealing with Clients with Tech-Trauma Related Issues [Technology & Trauma Webinar Series]2/5/2019Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 1.5-hour (1.5 CEUs) webinar is part of a four-part series that will explore how 21st century technology is transforming the ways people are exposed to stress and trauma, and the ways it is used to treat people who develop trauma-related disorders. The webinars will be led by Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC.

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The learning objectives for this four-part webinar series are:

  • to identify how technological mediums can be a source of trauma
  • to become familiar with techniques for assessing the effects of different types of tech-cyber-activities and effects on mental health
  • to apply the use of Trauma Treatment strategies to deal with tech-related effects

Faculty: Bruce Ballon, MD, ESP(C), FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Education Consultant for Baycrest, a Director of Education for SIM-one and a consultant for Homewood Health's specialty clinics across Canada, focusing on concurrent mental health, addiction and trauma issues. Bruce holds fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Youth & Family Psychiatry.

Medication and Problem Gambling Treatment: Understanding Uses, Benefits and Side Effects 2/22/2019Webinar10:00 am to 11:30 am EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This 90-minute (1.5 CEUs) interactive webinar explores the use of medications for the treatment of clients with gambling problems and concurrent disorders.

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The learning objectives for this webinar are to:

  • describe the most common psychiatric disorders that co-occur with problem gambling
  • describe the most common medications prescribed to patients
  • understand uses, benefits and side effects of medications used in treatment.

Faculty: Daniela Lobo, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is a staff psychiatrist at the Concurrent Outpatient Medical & Psychosocial Addiction Support Service in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She has been involved in treatment and research of gambling disorder since 2000. She is also involved in the teaching and supervision of psychiatry residents and graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Promoting Engagement in Healthy, Meaningful Activities as Alternatives to Problematic Behaviours [Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use Webinar Series]3/13/2019Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one-hour (1 CEU) webinar will discuss the complex relationship between problem technology use and mental health issues, as well as the available treatment options and resources for clients. This webinar will be led by Matthew Tsuda, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), BEd, BA (Hons).

This webinar is part of a six-part series designed for problem gambling counsellors and other mental health/addiction service providers. A letter of completion will be issued for each webinar so you can enroll in those that are of most interest to you.

More Details​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The learning objectives for this six-part webinar series are to:

  • implement screening and assessment tools with clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • provide brief interventions to clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • apply counselling best-practices to clients with problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • access additional resources for treatment.

Faculty: Matthew Tsuda, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), BEd, BA (Hons), is an Education Specialist/Therapist on the Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use team (formerly the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario) at CAMH. Matthew has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Education degree (Queen’s University) and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology (Queen’s University). Matthew is also a licensed Ontario teacher. He has a broad range of experience working in outpatient and inpatient programs that treat mental health and addictions.

Northwestern Ontario Wellness: Integrating Research, Treatment, and Prevention During Gambling Expansion [Research Webinar Series]3/27/2019Webinar12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST onlineHealth/Social Service ProviderRegister

This one-hour (1 CEU) webinar will present the recent work on the Northwestern Ontario Wellness (NOW) Project, which aims to integrate research, treatment and prevention during gambling expansion in northwestern Ontario. This webinar will be led by Lena Quilty, PhD, CPsych.

This webinar is part of a five-part webinar series designed for researchers, scientists and other professionals in the gambling, gaming and technology use research field. A letter of completion will be issued for each webinar so you can enroll in those that are of most interest to you.

More Details​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The learning objectives for this five-part webinar series are to:

  • identify emerging trends/issues related to problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • apply emerging evidence to clinical best practices in problem gambling, technology use and video gaming
  • access additional resources related to problem gambling, technology use and video gaming.

Faculty: Lena Quilty, PhD, CPsych, is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is a registered psychologist and certified cognitive behavioural therapist. Lena has an applied program of research, with a focus on impulsivity and reward processing in depression and addiction. Her research program includes evidence-based assessment of and early intervention in problem gambling, as well as the impact of personality and mood disorder on gambling behavior and pathology.

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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