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April 12, 2023

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, Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling Prevention
Prevention Intersections, Intermediate
March 23, 2023

The legalization of sports betting across jurisdictions and global markets expanded the availability and accessibility of sports betting, with 1 in 5 U.S. adults (19%) reporting personally betting money on sports in the last 12 months. This session provides an overview of sports betting, “lure” and excitement, “belonging” features, and the “consumption community” lifestyle of sports. You will learn prevention considerations, including youth prevention. This session will include a lived experience shared by a sports gambler.

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February 22, 2023

Join us for a multimedia presentation and discussion about integrating music, art, and holistic practices into prevention and intervention for Black men impacted by problem gambling. We will explore the structural contributions to Black male economic insecurity, cultivating internal and community-based protective factors, emotional predecessors to risky behavior, and innovative tools to attract and maintain participation of Black men through relevant, provocative content.

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February 16, 2023

African-descent communities gamble just like all communities, and gambling has historically offered not just entertainment but also a way for men to care for their families. Due to systemic racism, structural barriers, and social injustice, African-descent persons and communities may gamble also to escape emotional and financial distress from lived realities that are painful. How do we support African-descent gamblers, affected others, and community members? What Afrocentric and health equity strategies can we use to help our community “breathe through life better?” This session, led by Dr. Deborah G. Haskins, is a cultural review of problem gambling.

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January 26, 2023

Gambling has been expanded in Massachusetts in recent years, and many communities are not aware of the importance of using a public health approach to address problem gambling, the potential harms associated with it, and the populations disproportionally affected. This introductory training will explore the importance of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities, identify problem gambling concepts and terminology, and will categorize variables associated with an increased risk or a lower likelihood of problem gambling.

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Rebecca Bishop, MSW, Project Director, Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling Prevention
Problem Gambling, Intermediate