Problem Gambling Clinical Webinar Series FY22

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Problem Gambling Webinar Series FY22

We invite you to join the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) for the 2021-2022 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 schedule for January-June, 2022 and registration will go live mid-December, 2021.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Focusing on Health Equity in Problem Gambling Prevention

Presented By:

Deborah Haskins, Ph.D., LCPC, ACS, MAC, ICGC-II, BACC, President Maryland Council on Problem Gambling
Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager
James Nowlin, Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Summary:​
National and Maryland data show minority populations are at greater risk of problem gambling. This webinar will show data and research findings indicating this heath disparity and discuss reasons why minority populations may be at greater risk. The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling will discuss successes and challenges of the faith-based communities wellness grants initiative. The Center will highlight problem gambling prevention strategies implemented through youth and special populations grant programs. Recommendations for how your organization can promote health equity, raise awareness of responsible gambling, and promote resources for help will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Learn the most recent data on minority gambling behaviors and why this population may be at greater risk of problem gambling.
  2. Learn about the faith-based communities wellness grants initiative.
  3. Learn about strategies implemented through the youth and special populations grant program reaching minority populations.
  4. Learn how your organization can get involved with increasing health equity related to responsible gambling and promoting resources for help.

Friday, June 10, 2022

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

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Summary:​
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:

  • Participants will develop a greater understanding psychodynamic theory and how it explains the development of gambling disorder.
  • Participants will learn how 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, May 27, 2022

The Importance of Language in our Work with problem Gamblers

Presented By:

Dr. Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC II, BACC, ICGD
Summary:​
A couple of years I ago, I was sitting next to a dear friend and person in recovery from a gambling disorder. I leaned over and whispered to her how distressing I found it for the presenter to refer to a person in recovery as “the gambler.” She said, “I know, if they say that one more time, I may scream.” This use of language is the norm, not the exception. It is so ubiquitous we don’t even think about it. Much more has been written about the significance of the language of recovery in the Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health fields; particularly around issues of stigma and shame. This presentation will address the importance of how to use words and language to reduce stigma in the field of gambling disorder for both individuals in recovery and their partners in recovery.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify evidence for how gambling disorder is stigmatized.
  • Participants will be able to define person first language and how even “neutral” terms may contribute to stigma around gambling disorder
  • Participants will be able to identify effective strategies for reducing the stigma associated with harmful gambling

Friday, May 13, 2022

Promoting Resilience in The Family: Working with the Families of those with a Gambling Disorder

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Summary:​
The family members of the problem gambler experience a great deal of emotional strain 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, April 29, 2022

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Focusing on Gambling Behaviors Among Maryland’s Asian Population and Strategies to Prevent Problem Gambling

Presented By:

Chong (Taylor) Yi, President/CEO, My Life Foundation
Hyang (Ana) Park, Program Director, My Life Foundation
Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager
Kenneth Crawford, CPRS, CRS, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Summary:​
National and State data show Asians are at an increased risk of problem gambling compared to the Caucasian population. This webinar will show data and research findings indicating this heath disparity and discuss reasons why the Asian population may be at greater risk of problem gambling behaviors. My Life Foundation, a community organization in Maryland, will discuss how they have integrated problem gambling prevention strategies with their mental health promotion and substance misuse prevention programming to reach the Korean population. Recommendations for how your organization can assist with expanding problem gambling prevention work within the Asian community and resources for help will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Learn the most recent data on Asian gambling and why this population may be at greater risk of problem gambling.
  2. Learn about problem gambling prevention strategies targeting the Korean community implemented in collaboration with My Life Foundation.
  3. Learn easy and low-cost public awareness and prevention strategies to promote responsible gambling among the Asian population.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Update on SBIRT

Presented By:

Dr. Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC II, BACC, ICGD
Summary:​
Summary: Research evidence has been accumulating indicating that unidentified problem gambling contributes to increased treatment costs and decreased treatment effectiveness across behavioral and general health care settings. This presentation will review the most commonly employed, evidenced-based brief problem gambling screening instruments currently in use. Research based as well as clinical evidence will be used to discuss pros and cons of screening strategies and to recommend an effective screening, brief intervention and referral process.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify key elements to effective screening for gambling problems
  2. Participants will be able to identify strategies to initiate discussion of the impact of gambling in a variety of health care settings
  3. Participants will be able to describe the current research on the development of a gambling SBIRT

Friday, March 25, 2022

Best Practices in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Summary:​
This webinar will explore and review various therapeutic approaches to working with clients that suffer with a Gambling Disorder. The topics for discussion will include: the therapeutic challenges for the clinician, engagement strategies, obstacles to treatment, motivational interviewing, CBT, and mindfulness based practices.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Participants will learn how to apply evidence based practices in the treatment of Gambling Disorder.
  2. Participants will develop an understanding of the complexities of the therapeutic processes that are unique to Gambling Disordered individuals.
  3. Participants will be learn various techniques to improve treatment outcomes for those who have a Gambling Disorder.

Friday, March 11, 2022

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

Presented By:

Anthony S Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Summary:​
Summary: Part 2 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, February 25, 2022

Join Us! March Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM): A Collaborative Approach Across Sectors

Presented By:

Jasmine Countess, Responsible Gaming Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
Summary:​
Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), 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, behavioral health providers and preventionists, businesses, and community organizations on problem gambling. “March Problem Gambling Awareness Month” is an opportunity to showcase how different entities bring awareness to problem gambling. Through this webinar, learn what the Maryland Lottery, MGM National Harbor, and the Center do to promote PGAM. Learn about the Maryland Alliance on Responsible Gambling and other Maryland resources for promoting safe gambling all year long. Learn how you can participate in PGAM!
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Learn the history of Problem Gambling Awareness Month and why it is important to raise awareness of problem gambling.
  2. Learn how the Maryland Lottery and MGM National Harbor promote responsible gambling.
  3. Learn about the collaboration and responsible gambling strategies of the Maryland Alliance on Responsible Gambling (MARG).
  4. 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.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Positive Psychology: A Strength Based Approach to Working with Gamblers

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn what Positive Psychology is and how it can be applied
  • Learn 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

Friday, January 28, 2022

Maryland Sports Betting is Here: Implications from a Policy, Prevention, and Treatment Perspective

Presented By:

Blair Inniss, JD, Government Affairs Director
Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager
Kristen Beall, LCSW-C, CAC-AD, Clinical Manager
Summary:​
The first sports betting licenses were issued in December 2021, creating a new avenue for betting in Maryland. Understand from various perspectives how access to a new way of gambling, Sports Betting, can impact your community. In this webinar we will discuss the Maryland policies on sports betting and how they may promote or discourage safe gambling. Hear about prevention strategies that can be used to avert underage gambling and encourage adults to gamble safely. In addition, from a clinical perspective, learn methods that can be used to identify and treat those who may be showing signs of a sports betting or gambling problem.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  1. Consider the sports betting policies in Maryland and their potential impact on the community
  2. Understand problem gambling prevention strategies that can be implemented to encourage responsible gambling in Maryland.
  3. Understand the evidenced-based screening tools and treatment strategies relevant to problem gambling and gambling disorder.

Webinar Archives

Friday, October 1, 2021

Gambling Disorder and Co-occurring Disorders

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, M.A., LCPC, NCC, MAC, ICGC II, BACC
Summary:​
What is the relationship between gambling problems and psychiatric disorders? This webinar will deepen your understanding of the underlying causes and conditions that contribute to the development and maintenance of addictions. You will learn about the challenges that clinicians face in providing treatment for those who struggle with co-occurring disorders.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Identify the impact of gambling among individuals diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses
  • Identify at least three commonly perceived benefits of gambling for individuals with psychological disorders.
  • Identify treatment approaches to address gambling problems among those with psychiatric conditions.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided for attendance on live webinar presentations; no CEUs are awarded for recording views.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Problem Gambling Among Military and Veteran Populations

Presented By:

Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC, ICGD
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 systemwide 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, November 19, 2021

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

Presented By:

Heather Eshleman, MPH, Prevention Manager; Jasmine Countess, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
Summary:​
December is the season for festive celebrations, generosity and family gatherings. Every December, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), lotteries across the Country, and community organizations promote gifting lottery tickets responsibly for the holiday season. Year round, The Center collaborates with the MLGCA and community organizations to promote responsible gambling, including underage gambling prevention. Join us for an interactive webinar and learn of strategies implemented by the Center and MLGCA to promote responsible gambling and how you can prevent underage gambling and promote responsible gambling within your organization and your community.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Learn about youth gambling and the risks of gambling at a young age.
  • Learn what MLGCA does to promote the Gift Responsibly campaign and prevent underage gambling during the holidays and year-round.
  • Learn about underage and problem gambling prevention strategies for youth that have been implemented in Maryland over the last few years through the Center’s prevention grant programs.
  • Utilize resources and tools for awareness within the 2021 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 17, 2021

Gambling is NOT the Solution to Financial Woes: Understanding the Stress of Problem/Disordered Gamblers During the Holidays and in the New Year.

Presented By:

Kristen Beall, LCSW-C, CAC-AD, Clinical Manager; Kenneth Crawford, CPRS, CRC, Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist; William Hinman, CPRS, CRC, RPS, Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist; Carin Miller, CPRS, CRC, Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist; James Nowlin, Peer Recovery Support Specialist; Kenneth Wolfson, CPRS, CRC, RPS, Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Summary:​
The holiday season and the beginning of a New Year can heighten anxiety for those who grapple with addiction; mental stress can be heightened, and financial strain stretched to the limit. For those who are affected by problems caused by gambling, stress at this time of year can be magnified to new levels – especially when gambling is viewed as a financial solution. Join us for this special webinar to listen as the Center’s Peer Recovery Support Specialists share their personal experiences with gambling addiction and learn financial empowerment strategies to assist your clients and communities.
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Understand through personal stories how problem gambling and gambling disorder can heighten stress during the holiday and in the New Year.
  • Identify tools and strategies to assist in assessing and intervening with clients in financial distress.
  • Learn the tools and resources offered by the Center, including Peer Support.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Self-compassion and Resilience for Healers Working with Trauma and Gambling Disordered Clients

Presented By:

Anthony S. Parente, MA, LCPC, ICGC II
Learning Objectives:

Attendees should be able to:

  • Define the term compassion fatigue and identify symptoms of the impact of caring/compassion fatigue with gamblers.
  • Identify the impact/effect that being a helping professional has on physical and emotional well-being.
  • Improve self-care skills by learning mindfulness techniques and methods of applying them in the therapeutic relationship with gamblers and trauma survivors.
  • Identify the number of reasons why it is essential for healers to remain resilient in response to the demands of our work.