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    • MAY 1, 2020

    Keeping The Health And Balance In Your Life If You Gamble

    May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives can be a challenge, especially if dealing with problematic behavior. Gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    May is Mental Health Month

    This May, in collaboration with the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates (MAPPA), the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting Mental Health Month and bringing attention to how addictive behavior (gambling disorder, substance misuse and other addictions) can affect the well-being and recovery of

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    • JANUARY 30, 2020

    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not A Safe Bet!

    Sports betting (placing a wager on any aspect of a sporting event) is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Major sporting events such as February’s “Big Game,” March NCAA Basketball tournament, and the MLB’s World Series are some of the more publicized opportunities to engage in betting behavior. While legislation

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    • AUGUST 26, 2019

    National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2019

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This month is a good time to have the conversation about the relationship between suicide and problem gambling/gambling addiction. Did you know that nearly 50% of people struggling with a gambling problem/ disorder have had thoughts of suicide?    Individuals addicted to gambling have an increased chance of risk-taking

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    • AUGUST 25, 2019

    Conference Highlights: 7th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    The Center held its 7thAnnual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the BWI Airport Marriott. Over 380 Maryland state and local policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers came together for this one day, free-of-charge conference that focused on Creating Connections for Help and Hope. The conference, funded by

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    • MAY 25, 2019
    Keeping the Health and Balance in Your Life if you Gamble

    Keeping the Health and Balance in Your Life if you Gamble

    May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives can be a challenge, especially if dealing with problematic behavior. Gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling

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    • APRIL 28, 2019

    2019 Jeffrey M. Beck Scholarship

    Honoring a Maryland Clinician for their Commitment and Passion in Providing Gambling Disorder Treatment to Individuals and their Families Overview Jeffrey (Jeff) M. Beck held the position of the Center’s Clinical Director from March, 2015, to March, 2018.  Although his passing on March 10, 2018, was unexpected, his legacy of commitment and passion to provide hope

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    • APRIL 9, 2019

    7th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    Friday, June 14, 2019 – BWI Airport Marriott Hotel Leading the Way – Creating Connections Funded by: Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration Join us on Friday, June 14, 2019 for this exciting learning forum that brings together national and local experts, policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers to discuss the latest

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    • MARCH 19, 2019
    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    It’s March and basketball “madness” abounds!  The press reports that over 50 million Americans will wager a collective $8.5 billion on 2019 NCAA Basketball “March Madness” brackets, with almost half of those wagers ($4.6 billion) in illegal bets (office and online pools and other “community settings”). For most, completing and “betting” on tournament brackets is

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    • FEBRUARY 19, 2019
    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    MARCH 2019 Each March, the Center actively promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign established by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help and resources available.

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    • FEBRUARY 19, 2019
    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not a Safe Bet!

    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not a Safe Bet!

    Sports betting (placing a wager on any aspect of a sporting event) is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Major sporting events such as the NCAA Basketball tournament, February’s “Big Game” and the MLB’s World Series are some of the more publicized opportunities to engage in betting behavior. While legislation

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    April 19, 2019 – Advanced Training | Eastern Shore

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training: Addressing Problem Gambling in Military and Veteran Populations Within the past 2 years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made a clear and strong recommendation that all branches of the military screen, assess and provide treatment for Gambling Disorder. Furthermore, the most current Defense Department Authorization Act has mandated that all services

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    May 10, 2019 – Advanced Training | Cumberland, MD

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training |Problematic Gambling Among Clients with Serious Mental Illness Gambling behaviors among clients with serious mental illness (SMI) often get little attention in treatment settings. Indeed, gambling activities like bingo games and “casino” nights are often viewed as appropriate venues for encouraging socializing in mental health treatment settings. However, there is

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    March 8, 2019 – Advanced Training | Linthicum, MD

    Registration is Closed. Program is at capacity. Clinical Best Practices in Gambling Disorder Treatment: Integrating Research and Clinical Practice When we hear the term “evidence based” practices, most of the time we assume that the evidence being discussed is research based evidence, with the “gold standard” being randomized, controlled studies. While this type of evidence

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    Advanced Clinical Training – March 1, 2019 – Rockville, MD

    Counseling Families Living with Gambling Disorder Families dealing with gambling disorder are often left financially, emotionally and socially devastated. However, there are often few resources dedicated to helping family members learn effective ways to cope with this disorder. This training will present an overview of research on the impact of problem gambling on the family

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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2019

    12-Hour, Two-Day Provider Problem Gambling Clinical Training, Cecil County 04/17-04/18 2019

    Training Location:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1570 Elkton Road Elkton, MD 21921 443-350-9154 Overview  As more and more opportunities for gambling are made available in Maryland, it is increasingly important to improve the capacity and capability of behavioral health treatment providers to learn effective ways of addressing and treating gambling problems. In support of

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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2019
    Celebrating the Big Game? Play it Safe!

    Celebrating the Big Game? Play it Safe!

    This weekend (Sunday, February 3, 2019) is February’s Big Game, one of the most celebrated sports events of the year. It’s also one of the biggest sports events for placing a bet. According to the AGA, an estimated 22.7 million adults this year will place a bet before or during the game as part of

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    Nothing suggests a fresh start than the celebration of each New Year. The New Year is a time for all of us to personally reflect on behaviors we seek to change in order to live a happier, healthier life. For individuals who gamble problematically, the holidays and approaching New Year can be a difficult, stressful

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    Each holiday season, The Center joins the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Center on Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behaviors and lotteries in the United States (including the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency), Canada and internationally to bring awareness of the risks of giving minors (under 18) lottery tickets as gifts. This holiday,

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    • NOVEMBER 20, 2018
    Gambling and the Military: Seizing Control of Your Life

    Gambling and the Military: Seizing Control of Your Life

    Unhealthy gambling is a problem for many in our nation’s military. Nearly 10% of US veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. Here in Maryland, an estimated 380,000 veterans called the state home in 2018, representing approximately 6% of the total population. Military experiences and post-deployment stress can be

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    • NOVEMBER 20, 2018

    December 19-20 | 12-Hour, 2-Day Provider Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, 2018   Location Westin BWI Hotel 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road Linthicum, MD 21090 (443) 577-2300   Overview As more and more opportunities for gambling are made available in Maryland, it is increasingly important to improve the capacity and capability of behavioral health treatment providers to learn effective

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    • OCTOBER 18, 2018

    Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence

    October, 2018, has once again been recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, it is important to be aware that family violence associated with gambling is on the rise in the United States. Although the exact nature of the relationship between problem gambling and violence within the family is not clearly understood, the

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    • SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Like all addictions, problem gambling and/or gambling addiction causes intense distress and continual disruptions in most areas of life: Individuals face grave financial problems, their families and relationships are in ruin, self-esteem has been decimated and a sense of helplessness and hopelessness is pervasive.  Suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal ideation is common among those diagnosed with

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    • AUGUST 30, 2018
    Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting

    Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting

    Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association The Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting in the United States: The Federal Government May Not Force States to Prohibit Sports Wagering. The Law In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).1 While the federal law did not ban sports betting nationwide, it prohibited states

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    • AUGUST 30, 2018
    FY19 Case Consultation Calls

    FY19 Case Consultation Calls

    The FY19 Case Consultation call times have been released. Clinical Case Consultation calls are meant to be a resource for any and all clinicians who would like to gain support and consultation on any aspect of providing disordered gambling screening, assessment and/or treatment services. You do not have to currently be seeing any clients specifically for

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