Problem gambling, more often than we would like to think, lies underneath what some of our clients present with at intake. Moreover, most clinicians, doctors, emergency room physicians, and urgent care providers don’t screen for gambling disorders and clients are only too happy to keep their gambling disorder a secret, probably because of the strong shame and stigma that having it often causes.
The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico (RGANM), now in its 26th year of advocating for responsible gaming and leading the fight against problem gambling, is offering the 26th Annual Conference on Problem Gambling in a virtual format. The RGANM Annual conference is the largest and longest-standing conference on problem gambling in the Southwest. Launched in 1998, the RGANM Annual Conference brings together compelling speakers and experts from across the country and around the world and provides opportunities to learn from colleagues in the field.
Problem gambling affects every community in our state and can cripple the lives not only of problem gamblers themselves, but of their families and friends as well. Since it is a hidden addiction, it requires skills and knowledge to unearth and effectively treat. This year’s conference sessions will highlight some of the tools and resources available for effective gambling disorder treatment and recovery and offer information on innovative treatment topics that affect your work.
Each webinar, held March through August 2022, will be 2 hours in duration and, if all are attended, will provide a total of 12 gambling-specific CEU hours, which will also count for Ethics CEUs. The conference webinar lineup is as follows:
- March 18th, 11am-1pm: Jeff Marrotta, PhD
“The Impacts of COVID-19 on Changes to Gambling and Other Behaviors with Addiction Risk: Clinical and Ethical Considerations”
Registration Link: https://theevolutiongroup.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qtz4pHZmQjCAwFSuexZ5OA
- April 22nd, 11am-1pm: Heather Gray, PhD and “Catherine” (a recovering gambler)
“Treatment Implications of Expanded Gambling: Insights from Research and Lived Experience”
- May 20, 11am-1pm: Jon Grant, PhD
“The Brain and How We Use That Information for Treatment”
- June 17, 11am-1pm: Chris Anderson, LMFT
“Working From the Inside Out: Live Supervision Session on Problem Gambling”
- July 15, 11am-1pm: Speaker and Topic To Be Announced
- August 12, 11am-1pm: Sarah Nelson, PhD
“Findings from Athletes and Gambling Study”
Important: In order to attend the webinar series and receive CEUS, participants will have to:
1) Be registered
2) Attend the entire session
3) Fill out a session survey afterwards and answer ethics questions relating to the material taught.
CEU certificates will be emailed to participants email addresses within 5 business days following completion of the post webinar series.