Webinar: Making connections with problem gambling

Making connections with problem gambling: An innovative approach to prevention and treatment 

This webinar is presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use at PSSP.

This is a two-part webinar for health and social service providers based on the “Connections” program, which is a comprehensive clinical support tool for treating problem gambling. 

The webinars will include an overview of the clinical underpinnings and the approach taken to facilitating the program content. The focus will be on highlighting program content and demonstrating the value of visual representations/depictions of clinical concepts and problem gambling experiences. The webinars will also introduce a unique approach to addressing gambling cognitive distortions as well as the use of experiential exercises.

Date: Tuesday, October 26 & Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Register by 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

When you register for the webinar on October 26th, you are automatically registered for the second webinar on November 16th, also from 13:00 to 14:00 hours. Total of 2 CEUs.

Description

The Connections program consists of four modules and it can be utilized in whole or in part to enhance a therapy session. The program has been empirically supported (see Connections Therapy: An Assessment of a New Treatment Program for Disordered Gamblers Kim, H. S, & Wohl, M. J. A. 2017) and for almost a decade has served as a foundational component in the treatment of problem gambling. It has proven to be highly effective when delivered individually or in a group setting, and with couples and concerned significant others. The program has tremendous utility in terms of the work done with the Precontemplator population (TTM) and with mandated clients. A key feature of the program is that it is equally effective when delivered virtually. 

Learning objective

  • Learn to utilize visual strategies to improve comprehension and retention of gambling-related concepts and educational information
  • Identify how traditional “talk therapy” can be enhanced by integrating imagery
  • Explain how selected program content can be utilized during therapy sessions
  • Identify strategies designed to increase client self-compassion

Presenter

Steve Chiasson RP, BA, CPGC is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field. He spent the majority of his career with Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health and was also a part-time professor in the Durham College Mental Health and Addiction Program. At Lakeridge Health, Steve held the position of Lead for the Gambling and Problematic Tech Use program. Steve has developed several addictions-related treatment programs. Steve is the Digital Technology Use Consultant for School of Mental Health Ontario and a Subject Matter Expert Consultant for CAMH. He is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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