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Problem Gambling: Early Intervention Makes a Difference: A Course for helping professionals

This free 90-minute self-directed online course provides practical, evidence-based information on addressing problem gambling in a professional setting.

This course will cover the following:

  • The nature and scope of problem gambling in Ontario
  • Screening for problem gambling
  • Evidence-based treatment options
  • Key resources for education and referral

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Journal of Gambling Issues -- JGI Talks: Webinar Series

Parent problem gambling: A systematic review of prevention programs for children - Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis

Wednesday August 23, 2017 2:00 to 3:00 PM. EST

This webinar will focus on parent problem gambling and the effect of this problem on children. Despite the adverse effects of parent problem gambling on children, there are large gaps in service provisions. We will discuss the results of systematic literature review that examined the prevention and intervention programs available for children of problem gambling parents.

Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Simulation Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). Her research focuses on family involvement in addictions and mental health. Other research interests include competency-building in social work and use of simulation in social work teaching and assessment. Toula is a Registered Couple and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is also President-Elect for the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT). Dr. Kourgiantakis’ research and teaching is informed by 25 years of clinical practice across different settings including child welfare, schools, mental health and addiction treatment centres. She continues to work with couples and families in private practice and also offers consultation and supervision to professionals and agencies.

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Customized Training

One of the goals of the Education and Community Resources at PGIO is to increase awareness about problem gambling by providing information and education to helping professionals in Ontario.  By developing resources, tools and training, we hope to make information and treatment more accessible to the general public. To achieve this goal, we offer customized training on problem gambling to a broad range of allied social service agencies and systems who may come into contact with people experiencing problems with gambling or their families. 

Through a consultative process we identify the learning needs and adapt our training and resources to meet those needs. 

Our training content may include:

  • an overview of gambling in Ontario;
  • gambling definitions and fundamental concepts;
  • signs and symptoms;
  • tailored screening tools;
  • engaging the client;
  • making referrals for treatments;
  • community awareness and education;
  • the impact on the family;
  • working with specific populations including seniors, youth, families, ethnic communities, women, and workplaces; and
  • brief treatment approaches.

These training courses can be applied to continuing educational hours for Canadian Problem Gambling Certification.

For more information visit the: Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board Web site.

For more information about the services we can provide please contact:

Colleen Tessier
Tel:  (416) 535-8501, ext: 34550
Email: colleen.tessier@camh.ca


Stephen Meredith
Tel:  (416) 535-8501, ext: 34551
Email: stephen.meredith@camh.ca

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