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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 19, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Gaming and Internet Overuse

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Addictions (only if you are working towards the Addictions certificate).

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions certificate to take this course

This course has been approved for four core and two related CACCF continuing education hours.

June 4, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.|$175
Instructor: Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW

Behavioural addictions are garnering increasing attention in both clinical contexts and in addiction literature. The current reclassification of pathological gambling from an impulse control disorder to an addiction in the DSM V exemplifies an evolving understanding and acknowledgement of behavioural processes as having similar features when overused to that of substance abuse. This one-day workshop will provide participants with an overview of gambling, gaming and Internet overuse including what puts people at risk of becoming addicted to these behaviours and how the addiction is similar to and different from substance abuse. This workshop will include information on screening, common concurrent disorders and co-occurring issues associated with behavioural addictions and evidence informed treatment. This interactive workshop will include case examples to reinforce participant learning.  

Participants will learn about:
  • the range of gambling activities in Canada, including the changes involved in Ontario’s recent gambling modernization
  • how casino games work and why they can be addictive
  • the overlap between gambling, gaming and Internet overuse
  • the signs and consequences associated with gambling, gaming and Internet overuse problems
  • screening and identifying gambling, gaming and Internet use problems in clients
  • treatment options and approaches to problem gambling, gaming and Internet overuse
  • making referrals to treatment