PGIO Mission: Sharing Solutions. Changing Lives.

The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health brings treatment professionals and leading researchers together with experts in communicating and sharing knowledge. Our focus is on collaboratively developing, modelling and sharing evidence-based solutions to gambling related problems, within Ontario and around the world.

Clinical Services

The PGIO has the largest specialized gambling treatment program in Ontario. Those in the Toronto area who are affected by their own problematic gambling or that of a family member can participate in clinical programs that have been designed with their needs in mind. Our program includes specialized services for women, youth, older adults and ethno-cultural communities. In partnership with other organizations, we fund and train practitioners to provide problem gambling treatmentand outreach in 17 languages. Psychiatric and other clinical consultation is available to treatment professionals who have clients with complex gambling problems, including other mental health and addiction issues. Contact Us...

Education and Community Resources

Training and support is provided to Ontario’s specialized problem gambling treatment system and allied professionals, including financial counsellors, correctional workers, addiction and mental health specialists, EAP providers, educators and ethno-cultural workers. Specialized training and support is also provided for all employees of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), the provincial agency operating and managing province-wide lotteries, casinos and slots facilities at horse racing tracks. Available resources for people affected by problem gambling, their families and helping professionals include a comprehensive treatment manual, a multi-faceted package to support community-based awareness initiatives, a series of information guides and ProblemGambling.ca, a comprehensive, bilingual website for information and resources on problem gambling. Contact Us...

Responsible Gambling Training & Support for Casinos

The PGIO is committed to promoting effective evidence-based approaches to reduce the harms associated with problem gambling. In this role, we have been providing responsible gambling training for casinos and other industry groups since 2005. The Responsible Gambling training we developed for Ontario Lottery and Gaming is officially cited as an international best practice by the World Lottery Association.

Additionally, we provide subject matter expertise to:

  • Develop customized content for online Responsible Gambling courses (introductory to advanced levels);
  • Develop and deliver classroom-based Responsible Gambling trainings (applied: introductory to advanced);
  • Provide consultation on Responsible Gambling emerging best practice, practical approaches, useful Responsible Gambling tools, policies; and
  • Create benchmarks for problem gambling red-flag protocols.
To lean more, please contact Janine Robinson at janine.robinson@camh.ca.

Policy Development

PGIO researchers, in collaboration with community partners, will compile the evidence that makes the case for public policies and interventions to reduce the harms resulting from problem gambling. For the past decade, CAMH research has been used in this way to influence drug and alcohol policy. Visit the Policy Development page for more information.

Research

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addictions research facility, with 100 full-time scientists and 300 research staff working to better understand mental illness and substance-use disorders; to improve diagnosis, prevention and intervention; and to develop public policies. Approximately half of the funding provided by the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre has been awarded to our problem gambling researchers. Areas of research investigation have included the genetics of problem gambling behaviour, potential pharmacological treatments and evaluations of different treatment approaches, including cognitive therapy, acupuncture, telephone counselling and mutualaid approaches. Our researchers have also developed screening, assessment, treatment and relapse-prevention resources. Contact Us...

Journal of Gambling Issues

The Journal of Gambling Issues (JGI) is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal that focuses on problem gambling-related matters. An internationally-esteemed journal in publication since 2000, the JGI has published many of the problem gambling research field’s most influential articles, focusing on a range of topics that include treatment, prevention, and policy.

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

CAMH is Canada's leading Addiction and Mental Health teaching hospital. CAMH succeeds in transforming the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness, by applying the latest in scientific advances, through integrated and compassionate clinical practice, health promotion, education and research.

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