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Problem Gambling Webinar Series

Problem Gambling Webinar Series FY21

We invite you to join the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) for the 2020-2021 series of free webinars designed to provide additional problem gambling prevention, clinical and recovery training on a variety of topics.  Webinars are one (1) hour in length, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT and award one (1) CEU (unless otherwise specified).

Additional Webinars will be posted throughout the year.

Friday, September 11, 2020

The Journey of Recovery: Three Perspectives; The Gambler, The Family, and Counselor. A Celebration of National Recovery Month.

Presented by: Anthony S. Parente, M.A., LCPC, NCC, MAC, ICGC II, BACC;  William Hinman, CPRS, Certified Peer Support Specialist, The Center;   Nancy Quidas, Family Peer Support, Maryland Coalition of Families

Summary: Join the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling to recognize and celebrate the 30th year of National Recovery Month.  We will celebrate the gains made and recognize the challenges faced by those in gambling recovery. You will hear unique and insightful perspectives from 3 members of the recovery community and their journeys.  The Maryland Center of Excellence is dedicated to promoting and supporting evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the state who make recovery from gambling problems possible.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees should be able to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the recovery process for the gambler.
  • Learn about ways to support a gambler’s recovery as a family member.
  • Learn about how to support the family member of the problem gambler.
  • Develop an understanding of the treatment issues involved in the therapeutic process of a gambler’s recovery.

Friday, September 25, 2020

We Talk To Our Kids About Drugs and Sex…But What About Gaming and Gambling?

Presented by:   Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager, The Center

Summary:  We know we have to talk to our kids about drugs and sex, but gaming and gambling are often not recognized as risky youth behaviors.  Basic facts and trends in youth gaming and gambling will be presented as well as the warning signs of a possible addiction.   Learn ways to have the conversation on gaming and gambling behaviors with the youth in your life.  Join us for this interactive webinar that will: discuss emerging trends in youth gaming and gambling; review risky behaviors that can lead to addiction; and present the importance of preventing excessive gaming behaviors and underage gambling among youth.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn the basic facts and trends of youth gaming and gambling.
  • Recognize the warning signs of youth gaming and/or gambling addiction.
  • Learn how to have the conversation on problem gaming and gambling addiction with youth.
  • Learn individual and environmental prevention strategies to prevent underage gambling.

Friday, October 9, 2020

 Two-Hour Program (2 CEUs awarded) – 11AM-1PM EDT 

Fostering Financial Empowerment within
Behavioral Health, Problem Gambling, and Other Clinical Settings

Presented by:

  • Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC II
    Consultant, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling
  • Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C
    Research Associate Professor
    Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI)
    University of Maryland School of Social Work

Summary:  During this pandemic, financial distress can be especially profound, and it is more important than ever to hone skills related to financial management of resources and sound planning within the behavioral health client population. This training webinar will provide an overview of the relevant financial issues that are present in work with clients who deal with mental health, addiction, and problem gambling issues. The training will help clinicians, peer supporters, and other helping professionals to become more familiar with the financial issues under consideration and to intervene meaningfully and constructively as a part of comprehensive services and care.

Goals:  The goals of this training webinar are to familiarize attendees with financial distress that is often present with clients and families within clinical settings, along with financial empowerment strategies that can be utilized by providers when working with clients.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees should be able to:

  • Understand financial issues and stressors present with clients who are coping with a broad range of behavioral health issues and the role gambling may play particularly in this time of Covid 19, and identify the ongoing financial issues and challenges
  • Identify interventions that can be used when working one-on-one with clients
  • Discuss federal and state programs and resources to be tapped into to help ease financial distress during the pandemic
  • Identify tools and strategies to assist in assessing and intervening with clients in financial distress

2 CEUs Awarded

Two-Hour Program | 11AM - 1PM EDT

Friday, October 30, 2020

Promoting Resilience in the Family: Working with Families of the Problem Gambler

Presented by: Anthony S. Parente, M.A., LCPC, NCC, MAC, ICGC II, BACC

Summary:  The family members of the problem gambler experience a great deal of emotional stain and stress. Families need support and assistance to restore balance and psychological equilibrium. Join us for this interesting and informative presentation on family dynamics and building family resilience. Learn how to help families heal, grow, and recover. This workshop will address the treatment issues that are common and unique when working with the families of the problem gambler.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees should be able to:

  • To learn the definition of resilience and how to promote it.
  • To develop an increased understanding of how to build resilience in the family of the problem gambler.
  • To increase understanding of relevant family issues involved in the treatment of problem gamblers
  • To learn therapeutic techniques to promote the recovery of the problem gambler and their family.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Problem Gambling Among Military and Veteran Populations

Presented by: Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC II

Summary: There are substantial risks for those currently serving  or who have served in the military to be faced with a gambling problem; a problem not only impacting them, but others in their lives. 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 screen for Gambling Disorder.  However, there has yet been a system-wide approach to integrating GD into existing addiction and behavioral health services within the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration.  This training will address the special needs and risk factors among active duty service members and veterans around problem gambling. Co-occurring issues such as PTSD and suicide will also be discussed.

 Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Identify scope of problem gambling in active duty military and veteran populations
  • Identify problem gambling risk factors for those serving in the military
  • Adapt treatment strategies to best align with military and veteran groups

Friday, December 4, 2020

‘Tis the Season for Gifting Responsibly: Avoid Underage Lottery Play and Engage in Responsible Gambling

Presented by: Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager, The Center; Donna Gaspar, Communications Manager, The Center

Summary:  December is the season for festive celebrations, generosity and family gatherings. It is also a season where excesses are more acceptable, mental stress can be heightened, and financial strain stretched to the limit. For those who are struggling with, and affected by, problems caused by gambling behaviors, actions and stress around the holidays can be magnified. Join us for an interactive webinar and learn how you can promote responsible gambling within your organization and your community.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees should be able to:

  • Understand how underage lottery play can affect future gambling behaviors in children.
  • Recognize and implement tips for responsible gambling and problem gambling prevention during this season of “giving.”
  • Utilize resources and tools for awareness within the 2020 Holiday Awareness Guide for Behavioral Health Providers and Preventionists.

Friday, December 18, 2020

A Compassionate Path of Recovery for Gamblers: Mindfulness Theory, Research and Treatment

Presented by: Anthony S. Parente, M.A., LCPC, NCC, MAC, ICGC II, BACC

Summary:  The path of recovery for the gambler is diverse, unpredictable, and wrought with challenges. Each person’s journey is as diverse and unique as the individual in recovery. Research indicates that a mindfulness based compassionate approach to lifestyle changes can enhance one’s recovery process and reduce the risk of relapse as well as limiting the harm that gambling addiction causes. This experiential workshop with explore the benefits of mindfulness practice in recovery. We will also examine the essential therapeutic skills of the compassionate practioner.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • To explore various aspects of Mindfulness Gambling Recovery and its promotion.
  • Examine the theory and research on mindful compassionate recovery for gamblers.
  • We will discuss the benefits of compassion practice for gamblers and professionals.
  • Review the skill set of the mindful helping professional.