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Lori Rugle Presents: Sticks & Stones Can Break My Bones: Stigma, Shame and...

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Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units: 2.0

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A couple of years I ago, I was sitting next to a dear friend and person in recovery from a gambling disorder. I leaned over and whispered to her how distressing I found it for the presenter to refer to a person in recovery as “the gambler.” She said, “I know, if they say that one more time, I may scream.” This use of language is the norm, not the exception. It is so ubiquitous we don’t even think about it. Much more has been written about the significance of the language of recovery in the Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health fields; particularly around issues of stigma and shame. This presentation will address the importance of how to use words and language to reduce stigma in the field of gambling disorder for both individuals in recovery and their partners in recovery.

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At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify evidence for how gambling disorder is stigmatized;

  • Participants will be able to define person first language and how even “neutral” terms may contribute to stigma around gambling disorder;

  • Participants will be able to identify effective strategies for reducing the stigma associated with harmful gambling.

Dr. Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC brings 35 years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling to her current positions. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects. She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. She is also currently Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

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

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