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From gambling sponsorship research to our upcoming conference: sign up for learning and development

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 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) and the National Rugby League (NRL) and soccer community sporting venues in New South Wales and Victoria.

Date: 7 July 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: Fundamentals of psychological assessment, conflicts and treatment

Clinical psychologist Dr Jonathan Kettle from the Cairnmillar Institute will facilitate the development of clinicians’ skills, knowledge and competence in: undertaking an assessment of the client’s full range of psychiatric symptoms, taking a psychological history, understanding the client’s key psychological conflicts, and fundamentals of psychological treatment.

Date: 15 July 2016
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 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: Gambling into gaming

Dr Marissa Dickins from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and the Royal District Nursing Service Institute will explain the difference between types of simulated gambling and present a typology that shows how these games differ from each other and from gambling itself.

Date: 21 July 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: Understanding, assessing and working with risk

Clinical psychologist Dr Jonathan Kettle from the Cairnmillar Institute will facilitate the development of clinicians’ skills, knowledge and competence in: assessing risk to self and others, understanding the factors driving such risk, working with risk alongside various psychiatric problems in addition to gambling, treatment approaches and interventions for risk at both triage and various time points in therapy, and service‐system approaches to working with risk.

Date: 22 July 2016
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 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

One-day course – Motivational interviewing

Karen Morris, counsellor, supervisor and trainer will explore workshop topics including:

  • the background and principles underpinning motivational interviewing
  • applying a brain-based model to help clients who feel stuck or afraid of change
  • identifying how values and behaviours can be used to challenge clients’ resistance to change
  • understanding the process of client empowerment.

Date: 20 July 2016
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: FMC Training – Level 4, 1001 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Enquiries and bookings: Motivational interviewing


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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