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March 2021
12-Hour, Four-Day Virtual
Problem Gambling Basic Clinical Training

OVERVIEW

As opportunities continue to rapidly increase for gambling across Maryland and our country, it has become increasingly essential for behavioral health providers to improve their capacity and capability of addressing and treating gambling problems. This virtual training series will provide those working in behavioral health a professional development experience to learn effective ways of working with gamblers and their families. In support of the “No Cost Problem Gambling Treatment” initiative launched by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, this four part clinical training is an in-depth basic program which builds the capability of providers to deliver problem gambling treatment for individuals and their families.

Providers who have had no or little problem gambling/gambling disorder clinical training are encouraged to attend this program, especially those providers and private practitioners participating in the Problem Gambling Reimbursement Program administered by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration.

PLEASE NOTE:  

  1. The agenda for this 12-hour, four-part clinical training program builds onto itself. It is highly recommended to attend the training workshops in order.
  2. These virtual training programs are designed as interactive workshops. CEUs will be provided for online attendance only (as recorded by GoToWebinar) and no CEUs will be awarded for attendance through Audio only.
  3. Maximum of three CEUs will be awarded for each individual program for a total of 12 CEUs for participation in all four workshops.

GOALS

    • To provide an overview of the scope of gambling/problem gambling in US and Maryland
    • To present screening, assessment and brief intervention strategies that can be applied in various clinical settings on identifying problem gamblers and addressing the impact of gambling on recovery.
    • To review and understand gambling addiction from a personal experience (documentary).
    • To provide a family systems overview of problem gambling and an analysis of financial considerations.
    • To understand different treatment approaches and strategies and their role in treatment planning.
    • To understand how harm reduction strategies can be applied to treatment of gambling disorder

OBJECTIVES

    • Define gambling, problem gambling, gambling disorder  and  responsible gambling.
    • Identify at least 3 ways to integrate the topic of problem gambling and impact of gambling into existing intake, screening and assessment protocols.
    • Understand the effects of gambling addiction through a personal story (documentary).
    • Practice effective treatment planning.
    • Practice utilizing brief motivational and referral strategies to address potential gambling and problem gambling issues w clients in substance use and mental health treatment.
    • Identify impact of gambling on families and appropriate interventions for addressing financial issues
    • Gain an understanding of different treatment strategies and how they can be employed in the treatment of gambling disorder
    • Apply harm reduction strategies in the treatment of gambling disorder

AGENDA

  1. The basic clinic virtual training workshops are three-hours in length with a brief 15-minute break.
  2. These programs are designed as interactive workshops.
  3. A separate registration is required for each workshop.
  • Part I - Introduction and Overview to Gambling, Problem Gambling and Gambling Disorder

    Monday, March 1, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

    • Basics of Gambling and Problem Gambling
    • Effective Screening and Assessment
    • Brief Intervention and Motivational Approaches
  • Part II – Problem Gambling and Gambling Disorder: Personal Stories and the Road into Treatment

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 1:00-4:00 PM EDT

    • Problem Gambling and It’s Effects
    • Documentary on addiction and recovery
    • Treatment Engagement
    • Treatment Planning

    Note: Attendance in Part I is highly recommended prior to attending this Part II program.

  • Part III – Treatment Strategies

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

    • The Integration of Best Practices
    • Treatment Approaches and Strategies
    • Harm Reduction and MI
    • CBT

    Note: Attendance in Part I and Part II is highly recommended prior to attending this Part III program

  • Part IV – Treatment Strategies Continued

    Friday, March 26, 2021 – 1:00-4:00 PM EDT

    • Addressing Finances and the Family
    • Mindfulness Based Strategies

    Note: Attendance in Part I, Part II and Part III is highly recommended prior to attending this Part IV program.

REGISTRATION

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

This is four-part program, awarding three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per each program day, and a total of 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendance each of the four days.

A separate registration is required for each individual Workshop.  The Evaluation and CEU awards will be processed and distributed at the conclusion of each Workshop Part for that specific workshop.

PLEASE NOTE:  

  1. CEUs will be provided for online attendance only (as recorded by GoToWebinar) and no CEUs will be awarded for attendance through Audio only.
  2. The number of CEUs awarded for each program will be based on the recorded attendance time for the participant as recorded by the training program (GoToWebinar).

CONTACT

Please contact Donna Gaspar, Communications Manager (dgaspar@som.umaryland.edu , 667-214-2120) if you have any questions on this program and any other training programs and awareness initiatives at the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.