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February 8, 2024

The prevalence of co-occurring gambling addiction and substance use is high. Approximately 1 in 10 compulsive gamblers report being concerned about their substance use, and research shows that people with a history of substance misuse are at higher risk for problem gambling. There is a complex relationship between problem gambling and substance misuse and a clear intersection between these two behavioral health issues. This training explores problem gambling concepts and terminology, the similarities and differences between problem gambling and substance misuse, implications for prevention and intervention strategies, as well as opportunities for collaboration between the substance misuse and problem gambling prevention fields.

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Shannon Cassidy, Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Ben Spooner , BS, CPS
Prevention Intersections, Intermediate
January 31, 2024

This training utilizes a combination of didactic presentation and interactive case studies and focuses on problem gambling and suicide prevention concepts and terminology, the similarities and differences between problem gambling and suicide prevention, how to assess if an individual has a problem gambling disorder or is at risk for suicide, and questions and strategies to ask to get the individual the support they need.

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Sarah Jerome, Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Lauri Solomon, Public Health Expert
Prevention Intersections, Intermediate
January 18, 2024

We know health equity should be central to the work we do and incorporated into our organizations, our work with others, and ourselves, but it doesn’t always happen. This interactive training will explore common concepts and definitions related to building health equity, being culturally intelligent, key identifying complex factors that make people and communities healthy, and exploring how history and policies have helped shape what our communities are like today.

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Upon completion of the training and receipt of your evaluation survey, participants of Applying an Equity Lens to Problem Gambling Prevention can receive a certificate of completion or CPS credits.

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Debra Morris, Program Manager and Health Equity Advisor
Ben Spooner, BS, CPS
Equitable Practice, Intermediate
January 11, 2024

Identifying prevention approaches for emerging behavioral health problems, such as problem gambling where the field is young can be challenging, and we don’t yet have a lot of evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies with proven outcomes to utilize. What we do have is a history of prevention in other behavioral health fields in knowing what works that we can draw from, and we can draw on that experience to develop strategies and interventions to address problem gambling prevention. One way to explore this is through the Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) theory, which explains how and why people adopt new behaviors. This advanced training reviews the DOI theory, Motivational Interviewing, and the stages of change, including how various groups adopt new behaviors and how participants can use the DOI theory and apply it to their behavioral health field of study or develop an intervention to reach key populations and change beliefs and attitudes.

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Problem Gambling, Intermediate
December 19, 2023

The prevalence of co-occurring gambling addiction and substance use is high. Approximately 1 in 10 compulsive gamblers report being concerned about their substance use, and research shows that people with a history of substance misuse are at higher risk for problem gambling. There is a complex relationship between problem gambling and substance misuse and a clear intersection between these two behavioral health issues. This training explores problem gambling concepts and terminology, the similarities and differences between problem gambling and substance misuse, implications for prevention and intervention strategies, as well as opportunities for collaboration between the substance misuse and problem gambling prevention fields.

Shannon Cassidy, Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Ben Spooner , BS, CPS
Prevention Intersections, Intermediate