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Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling: Training Institute

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332 Birnie Ave

Springfield, MA 01107

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Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units- 30

October 22nd, 29th, November 5th & 6th 8:45am-5:00pm

TI Description: The goal of Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling’s Training Institute is to increase the number of trained providers in the treatment and service of Gambling Disorders, increase community access to comprehensive and competent care and improve treatment outcomes. The Training Institute provides comprehensive gambling specific trainings for clinical providers in substance abuse and mental health treatment settings. At the end of the training, individuals will meet the MA PGS certificate training requirements.

Course 1: Introduction to Problem Gambling

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

Date & Time: Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 8:45am - 1:00pm

Description: In the era of expanding gambling, providers are encouraged to increase their base of knowledge to provide service and support to service recipients. This introductory training is aimed to increase current social service providers’ knowledge in identifying problem gambling behavior within clinical and social service practice. Social service providers will learn how to incorporate problem gambling information and treatment skills into their area of practice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Participants will identify stages, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and progression of problem gambling
  • Participants will identify and discuss historical and current research on gambling and problem gambling in the United States and in Massachusetts
  • Participants will discuss and employ a public health framework for addressing gambling disorder

Course 2: Prevention of Problem Gambling

Trainer: Julie Hynes

Date & Time: Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Description: Many clinicians have received little formal training on the science of prevention. Yet, in the day today delivery of their craft, many are indeed decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors for their clients, the client’s families and the community. These are major components of prevention work. This Training will cover the key components of successful prevention work and discuss how clinicians can enhance their own prevention efforts all within the rubric of their clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify prevention strategies
  • Identify techniques in integrating prevention strategies
  • Explain gambling risk factors and protective factors

Course 3: Assessment and Diagnosis

Trainer: Baxter Chandler

Date & Time: Tuesday October 29, 2019 from 8:45am - 1:00pm

Description: This training will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction. The process of the therapeutic alliance and other engagement practices will be considered as important components of the assessment process. The evaluation of major depressive disorder and the risk for suicidality will be highlighted as important aspects of the assessment process with a problem gambler. The development of a safety plan will be discussed as a consideration for the protection of the problem gambler.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder
  • Explain what the various screening tools are and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe and preform a safety plan and risk assessments

Course 4: Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder (Afternoon)

Trainer: Baxter Chandler

Date & Time: Tuesday October 29, 2019 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Description: This training will explore the similarities and differences of gambling disorder with substance abuse and mental health disorders. This training will discuss and explore the various challenges in identifying disorder gambling within client care. Also, this training will introduce the addiction syndrome model, as well as strategies in identifying and screening of gambling disorders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe similarities and differences with substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Describe the various challenges in identifying disorder gambling and how it relates to the addiction syndrome model
  • Recognize strategies in identifying and screening of gambling disorders

Course 5: Working with Special Populations: African-Americans and Latinos

Trainer: Haner Hernández

Date & Time: Tuesday November 5, 2019 from 8:45am - 1:00pm

Description: This training will discuss health equity, cultural issues and their relationship to problem gambling. It will explore barriers to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery, and discuss strategies and techniques that promote wellness among marginalized populations, particularly African-American and Latino populations. The workshop will discuss policies that impact health equity and their relevance to effective social service practice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Be able to discuss and define culture, cultural humility and cultural intelligence
  • Review the barriers vulnerable populations have when accessing treatment
  • Develop a strategy for helping to mitigate barriers for these communities

Course 6: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & other Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for Gambling Disorder

Trainer: Haner Hernández

Date & Time: Tuesday November 5, 2019 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Description: This training will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction. The process of the therapeutic alliance and other engagement practices will be considered as important components of the assessment process. The evaluation of major depressive disorder and the risk for suicidality will be highlighted as important aspects of the assessment process with a problem gambler. The development of a safety plan will be discussed as a consideration for the protection of the problem gambler.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Participants will identify various clinical challenges of working with persons with a gambling disorder
  • Participants will explain CBT and other evidence-based modalities in the treatment of gambling disorder

Course 7: Integrating Recovery Supports into Clinical Practice

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

Date & Time: Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 8:45am - 1:00pm

Description: Recovery support services are an integral part of a recovery-oriented system of care. The questions then become, which supports to use and how to integrate them into a treatment process. This session will discuss several recovery support services, offer suggestions as to who should be offering them, and discuss how services can be integrated into the treatment of clients with gambling disorders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Participants will identify signs and symptoms of problem gambling
  • Participants will identify and explain recovery support services
  • Participants will identify resources for assessment, referrals and resources

Course 8: Gambling Disorders: A Review of Our Learning

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

Date & Time: Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Description: This training will be a review of information from prior weeks. A review of our learning and main points will be discussed. This session will highlight the various aspects of gambling disorders, as well as the various challenges and opportunities in the era of expansion gambling in Massachusetts. Resources will be discussed and shared.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Participants will explain various main point of gambling disorders
  • Participants will identify resources for the treatment and services of problem gambling
  • Participants will identify clinical challenges associated in the treatment of gambling disorders

Spring Institute Trainers

Jodie Nealley, MS joined the Mass Council in the fall of 2012 where she works as the Recovery & Outreach Coordinator in the Programs Department. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, her Master of Science in Education from Indiana University and is a graduate of the UMass/Boston Addiction Counselor Education Program. Her life experience both in and out of the professional arena provides unique skill sets and insight into her role at the council.

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.

Julie Hynes, MA has over 16 years of experience in addictions prevention and program coordination. Her passions include community education, leadership development, media and public policy. Julie is current Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling (2016-2019) and a member of the Council’s prevention committee. 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.

Dr. Hernández, Ph.D. CADCII, LADCI originally from Puerto Rico and has worked for 30 years in the health and human service field. He is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator who provides individualized technical assistance and support. Dr. Hernández is also a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels. He is currently a Senior Consultant to DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Baxter Chandler, LICSW is the Program Manager of the Adult and Child Partial Hospitalization Programs at Baystate Medical Center. He teaches in the MSW program of Westfield State University. He 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 hearing impaired, are a person with a disability, and require an accommodation, please contact Dir. of Programs and Services, Odessa at 617-426-4554 or odessa@maccg.org

Funded by the: Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6331. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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