Edition #4: Gambling harm

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Growth spurt

From gambling sponsorship in sport to our 2016 conference: it’s a bumper crop of learning opportunities

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.

Upcoming foundation events

Free half-day course: Living LGBTI

This training session run by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria will explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people's everyday lives and the ways systemic discrimination, including homophobia and transphobia, affect their health and wellbeing.

Date: 21 April 2016
Time: 9.15 am – 12.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Free breakfast learning: Mindful eating

Clinical psychologist Elise Wald from the Centre 4 Inspiration will explore a mindful approach to eating, and how to reset habits and use exercise and movement to help the brain create new neural patterns of eating.

Date: 28 April 2016
Time: 8.45 am – 11 am
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Free lunchtime learning: Gambling as a member of the family

What can be done when a client's most significantly developed relational neural pathway is with gambling? Family therapist Claire Miran-Khan from the Australian Association of Family Therapy will look at gambling as a significant 'other' in the family.

Date: 10 May 2016
Time: 12.15 pm – 1.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Free lunchtime learning: Child and parent recall of gambling sponsorship in Australian sport

Associate Professor Samantha Thomas will discuss recent research she led into child and parent recall of gambling sponsorship in Australian sport. The study explored recall of sponsorship of teams in the Australian Football League (AFL), the National Rugby League (NRL) and soccer community sporting venues in New South Wales and Victoria.

Date: 12 May 2016
Time: 12.15 pm – 1.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Free lunchtime learning: Lessons for tackling the stigma of problem gambling

Associate Professor Samantha Thomas will present findings from recent research she led into factors that contribute to gambling stigma and potential strategies to respond to them. The research team examined evidence of the effectiveness of anti-stigma campaigns in the areas of HIV, mental health and gambling, and assessed the appeal strategies used by each.

Date: 17 May 2016
Time: 12.15 pm – 1.30 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Free one-day course: Conscious communication

Clinical psychologist Elise Wald from the Centre 4 Inspiration will present this self-development workshop on understanding and managing our triggers to respond more mindfully and assertively. The session will look at what values drive our behaviours and responses, how to develop coping strategies and alternative responses, how to defuse triggers, and tools for being mindfully assertive.

Date: 19 May 2016
Time: 9.45 am – 4 pm
Location: Training Room, Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and bookings: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Many ways to help conference 2016

Join local, national and international speakers and delegates at this key event on the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm. With presentations, workshops and panel debates, the conference offers practitioners a platform for learning, insight and professional development. Whether you work in treatment, research or broader service delivery, you will find something of interest.

Date: 17–19 October 2016
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne
Enquiries: PDC@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or (03) 9452 2668


Professional development and training from our sector friends

Two-day course: Mental health first aid

Offered by FMC Mediation and Counselling Victoria, this course teaches members of the public how to provide initial support to a person experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of a number of problems and crises, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Dates: 21–22 April 2016
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Comfort Inn Ringwood Lake, 327 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
Enquiries and bookings: Mental health first aid


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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