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Apr
11
Thu
2019
MCCG- 5.25 hours in Springfield, Massachusetts @ Center For Human Development
Apr 11 @ 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

The Intersection of Problem Gambling, Trauma and Domestic Violence

This training will explore the intersection where problem gambling and trauma meet, considering the various types of gambling and the populations that experience trauma (i.e. sexual abuse survivors, victims of domestic abuse, veterans, etc.). Evidenced based and trauma informed screening tools and treatment interventions to address both issues will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Describe at least 3 signs/symptoms of both problem gambling and trauma reactions (across various vulnerable populations)

• Describe the connection between problem gambling and trauma and how the two problems interact with each other

• Identify at least 3 evidenced based and trauma informed treatment interventions to address both of problem gambling and trauma symptoms together

Baxter Chandler, LICSW is the Program Manager of the Adult and Child Partial Hospitalization Programs at Baystate Medical Center and teaches in the MSW program of Westfield State University. Baxter received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Andrew’s College in North Carolina and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia. For 26 years he has worked with people dealing with mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of treatment settings including medical units, crisis programs, partial hospital programs, and outpatient behavioral health services. In addition to his work with co-occurring disorders, he has interests in group therapy, motivational interviewing, and suicide prevention.

For more information including if you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability and require an accommodation, please contact Odessa Dwarika, Director of Programs and Services @ 617-426-4554, TTY: 617-426-1855 or odessa@maccg.org.

 

Funded By: Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services

May
2
Thu
2019
MCCG- 5.25 hours in Brockton, Massachusetts @ High Point Treatment Center
May 2 @ 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

The Blurring Lines of Youth Gaming & Gambling: Implications for the Public Health Field

The world of what we have considered “gambling” has shifted dramatically in recent years. In this training, participants will gain an understanding of recent and emerging trends in gaming and how these trends have blurred the lines between how we have defined gaming and gambling.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Describe at least three recent trends in youth video gaming and gambling

• Identify risk and protective factors, as well as specific youth vulnerable populations for problem “gaming” and gambling

• Describe three methods of addressing problematic gaming and gambling in their work

Julie Hynes has over 16 years of experience in addictions prevention and program coordination. Her passions include community education, leadership development, media and public policy. She regularly provides training and technical assistance on prevention and problem gambling across the United States and is a past recipient of Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

For more information including if you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability and require an accommodation, please contact Odessa Dwarika, Director of Programs and Services @ 617-426-4554, TTY: 617-426-1855 or odessa@maccg.org.

Funded By: Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services

May
14
Tue
2019
MCCG- 5.25 hours in Malden, Massachusetts @ Eliot Community Human Services
May 14 @ 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

Working with Families Affected by Gambling Disorder

This course will focus on helping clinicians learn how to engage and treat the entire family of problem gamblers and begin the path of recovery from this addiction. All aspects of the effects on family members will be discussed, including the financial impact on the family, the emotional ramifications, including trust, and the psychological consequences for many family members. Often, family members are left untreated with serious, painful effects from their loved ones’ gambling. While the financial impact is the most obvious, the other effects, including severe depression, trauma and an inability to function, are often present as well.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Identify symptoms of problem gambling and be able to understand the impact this addiction may have on family members

• Interview, assess, refer, and treat members of the gamblers family members who may be affected by the gambling problems

• Provide a safe, therapeutic environment for growth and understanding of family members of problem gamblers as they work through the issues in themselves and their family

Dot Duda, M. ED LMHC has over thirty years treating substance abuse and twenty plus years treating those with a Gambling Disorder. She is the former Director of Outpatient Psychiatry and addictions at Mount Auburn hospital and is currently in private practice. Additionally, Dot is a member of the New Hampshire Council on Compulsive Gambling Board of Directors. She graduated from Cambridge College, Cambridge MA with a Master’s in Education, Psychology/Counseling.

For more information including if you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability and require an accommodation, please contact Odessa Dwarika, Director of Programs and Services @ 617-426-4554, TTY: 617-426-1855 or odessa@maccg.org.

Funded By: Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services