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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, April 30, 2021

Positive Psychology, Part 2: A Strength Based Approach to Working with Gamblers.

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

Summary:  In Part 2 of this workshop, we will continue our discussion on the strength-based approach of Positive Psychology. We will discuss ways that clinicians can help gambling clients to enhance their ability to experience positive outcomes in recovery and live a satisfying life. This workshop will explore approaches to help individuals to savor pleasure and improve their ability to engage in their lives. Positive Psychology helps clients to cultivate the best within themselves. Join us for the continuation of this uplifting exploration of how to help clients live up to their full potential.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn about what Positive Psychology is and how it can be applied.
  • Learn how to further develop and create the therapeutic conditions to allow a client to thrive.
  • Explore the concepts of savoring, flow, and engagement as they relate to gambling recovery.

Friday, May 14, 2021

May is Women’s Health Month: Awareness and Prevention of Problem Gambling Behaviors in Women

Presented by:   Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager

Summary: Although current data reports men have a higher percentage over women of disordered gambling diagnosis, data also shows there is an increase in women who are gambling and who are at risk of becoming disordered gamblers.  In celebration of Women’s Health Month, join us for a discussion about women’s gambling behaviors, how these behaviors differ from men, and what we can do as health professionals and family members to support safe gambling among women. Based on a current literature review, participants will learn the facts on women’s gambling, what forms of gambling appeal more to women, and what can be done to prevent problem gambling behaviors among women.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Determine the difference between women’s and men’s gambling behaviors and types of gambling preferences.
  • Learn what can be done to prevent problem gambling behaviors in women by encouraging safe gambling behaviors and use of prevention strategies.
  • Learn the best ways to have the conversation with a woman family member, friend, or client if you are concerned about her gambling behaviors.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Don’t Forget About the Power of the Unconscious: A Psychodynamic Approach to Working with Problem Gamblers.

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

Summary: This interesting and informative webinar will discuss the unconscious processes that effect the development of the problem gambler. We will explore the various levels of consciousness, as it relates to the problem gambler. The discussion will also address the role of defense mechanisms, fantasy life and transference in the understanding of gambling disordered individuals.  The application of psychodynamic principals in the treatment of the gambler will also be included in the presentation.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Develop a greater understanding psychodynamic theory and how it explains the development of gambling disorder.
  • Learn the concepts of defense mechanisms, fantasy life and transference apply to problem gambling.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to apply the principals of psychodynamic psychology to the treatment of gambling disorder.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Motivational Interviewing with the Problem Gambler

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

Summary: Motivational Interviewing is an effective evidenced based approach used in the treatment of addictions. It is a Person-Centered style of counseling that uses techniques which engage clients to move toward changing behaviors and their lives. Join us for this informative workshop on how to impact the change process with clients who have problems with gambling with co-occurring addictions. Understand the spirit and the stages of MI as well as the strategies relevant for each stage. Explore when and how to use Motivational Interviewing as one of the intervention tools that is applicable to a variety of settings. This workshop will provide the clinician an opportunity to reflect on their practice.

Leaning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn what Motivational Interviewing is and how it works to effect change.
  • Learn how to apply the skills of MI.
  • Gain an enriched understanding of the change process and our resistance to change.
  • Learn and how to move clients through the stages of change.

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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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Peer Recovery Support for Problem Gambling

Presented by:   The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists

Summary:  Peer Recovery Support provides individualized recovery for those seeking a healthier and happier life from addictive behavior.  In FY2017, the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration expanded the state’s Peer Support initiatives by granting the Center additional funding to develop a Peer Recovery Support program specifically for those struggling with problem gambling and disordered gambling. Sharing personal insights, the Center’s Peer team will provide an overview of peer support for problem gambling/disordered gambling and share their experiences (successes and challenges).

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the history and effectiveness of Peer Recovery Support in general and within Maryland.
  • Learn how Peer Recovery Support for problem gambling/disordered gambling differs from other addiction support.
  • Learn about the resources available for problem gambling Peer Support and how to engage the Center’s Peer team.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Promoting Resilience in Times of Adversity for Gambling Clients and Professionals

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

Summary: Join us for this relevant and timely presentation on helping those we serve who are experiencing the adversity of the pandemic and gambling problems. This workshop will cover the topics of stress management, and how to enhance resilience and promote its development in our clients and ourselves.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Review the factors that make the pandemic stressful for gamblers.
  • Learn the definition of Resilience and how to promote its development.
  • Learn clinical and self-care strategies specifically related to the current stressors in our lives.

Friday, February 12, 2021

2021 Maryland Legislative Update: Gambling-Related Bills

Presented by:   Blair Innis, JD, Government Affairs Coordinator

Summary:  In Maryland, state laws are enacted during an annual 90-day legislative session that runs each January-April. In that time, the Maryland General Assembly hears upwards of 2,000 bills. This webinar will synthesize gambling-related bills and discuss legal and policy implications of introduced legislation. There will also be a discussion on sports betting and a brief overview of its path to legalization through the legislative process in Maryland.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn the Maryland legislative process and how it has changed in 2021 from COVID-19.
  • Understand the gambling bills that have been introduced and how they would affect Maryland law.
  • Understand the November 2020 sports betting referendum and its impact on legislative session and how rollout will occur.
  • Learn about any testimony the Center has provided in the 2021 legislative session.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Have the Conversation: March Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Presented by:   Heather Eshleman, MPH

Summary:  Problem Gambling Awareness Month, held each March, is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign created and sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and behavioral health providers and preventionists on problem gambling. “Have the Conversation” is an opportunity for an open dialogue and candid discussion to bring awareness to gambling behaviors and resources available within the community and promote action with one’s organization for integrating gambling awareness and problem gambling prevention and treatment into existing services.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn the history of Problem Gambling Awareness Month and why it is important to raise awareness of problem gambling.
  • Understand the risks and identify warning signs that may be associated with problem gambling.
  • Learn talking points that can be incorporated into conversations around the topic of gambling – with colleagues, friends, family and clients.
  • Learn tips for talking with special populations, e.g. youth, older adults, persons in recovery, etc.
  • Learn about materials in the Center’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month toolkit that you can use in your workplace and community to raise awareness of problem gambling and resources for help.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Positive Psychology, Part 1: A Strength Based Approach to Working with Gamblers.

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

Summary:  Positive Psychology is a strength-based approach to working with others which enhances their ability to thrive. This workshop will teach the clinician how to use Positive Psychology in their work with gamblers and their families. Learn ways to help clients use their positive attributes in order to create the conditions for a successful recovery and increased life satisfaction. This workshop will teach helping professionals how to asst clients to experience ways to improve their ability to experience positive emotions, gratitude, and live a meaningful life. Positive Psychology helps clients to cultivate the best within themselves. Join us for this uplifting exploration of the good that lies within each of us.

Learning Objectives: Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn what Positive Psychology is and how it can be applied.
  • Understand how a strength-based approach to gambling treatment helps to improve treatment outcomes.
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to employ the principals of Positive Psychology into healthy lifestyle choices for the gambler and their families.
  • Learn how to create the therapeutic conditions to allow our clients to thrive.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.