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From video games to neurobiology, our training has something for everyone

People experiencing gambling harm need specialist advice and support.

The foundation offers training and professional development to gambling counsellors, health professionals and others who work with people affected by gambling, so they can provide the best possible service.

Our Professional Development Centre runs seminars, webinars and lunchtime presentations, as well as a foundation course for gambling help services employees new to working with gambling clients.

We also host a biennial conference showcasing innovation and excellence in clinical and public health related to gambling. The next conference will be in 2016. Read about the Many ways to help conference 2014.

Upcoming foundation events

Integrated practice and the future of the Recovery Assistance Program (RAP) seminar

RAP provides eligible clients with short-term material and financial assistance to support their recovery from the impact of problem gambling. This session focuses on therapeutic and financial counsellors working together to provide a comprehensive service.

Date: 25 August 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Catering: provided
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Online video games seminar

This workshop aims to build the capacity of professionals working with young people to better deal with issues related to video game use, including identifying links to gambling.

Date: 2–3 September 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Catering: provided
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Neurobiology and addiction seminar

This session aims to introduce gambling help practitioners to brain architecture and how scanning research is done. It also focuses on how to apply neuroscience treatment to gambling clients.

Date: 29 September 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Catering: provided
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Foundation course

This three-day foundation course is for clinicians new to working with gambling clients. It is open to all workers in gambling help services, including financial and therapeutic counsellors, venue support workers, prevention and public health workers, and staff working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Indigenous communities.

Date: 17–19 November 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Professional development and training from our sector friends

Single session therapy

This workshop hosted by FMC Mediation and Counselling Victoria explores the principles of single session therapy and how a single session can be effective and sufficient for many clients. The workshop is suitable for those working with people and families who find it difficult to commit to long-term work.  

Date: 13 August 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: FMC Training, Level 4, 1001 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Enquiries and bookings: Single session therapy


Population Health Congress 2015

Join leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers at the third Population Health Congress.

Over 800 population health professionals working in all fields of practice and research are expected to attend and participate in lively debates, workshops and networking opportunities, with the aim of progressing action on key population health issues.

Date: 6–9 September 2015
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart
Enquiries and bookings: Population Health Congress 2015


Improve one-on-one treatment outcomes: advanced clinical workshop

Hosted by the Byron Clinic and presented by Dr Bill Miller, this two-day workshop will look at how to deal with client resistance and denial, and illustrate ways to build client confidence to enhance motivation for change. Dr Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and co-founder and developer of Motivational Interviewing.

Date: 12–13 November 2015
Time: 9 am – 5 pm 
Location: Old Arts Public Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville
Enquiries and bookings, including details for the Brisbane and Sydney events:  Improve one-on-one treatment outcomes


More information

You can find more information about the Professional Development Centre on the foundation website.

For inquiries about foundation events, please contact the Professional Development Centre coordinator at PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9452 2668.

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