Edition #2: Gambling today

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From a spring festival to an annual conference: it’s all happening

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

Gambler's Help Spring Festival 26–29 October 2015

Join us at the foundation for this series of free professional development activities. You can register for all four days or just attend a day or two that interests you. Catering is provided.

Location: Level 6, 14–20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Enquiries and to register: eithne.mcgettrick@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.auor (03) 9452 2668

Lived experience

Link Health and Community will showcase their 2015 work on gambling issues in diverse communities.
Date: 26 October 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 12.00 midday

Intervention brief

Jane Oakes from Turning Point will present on a new approach to initial client contact developed to assist Gambler's Help frontline workers to respond to potential clients.
Date: 26 October 2015
Time: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Foundation's family champions

The Bouverie Centre and other family champions will present on using family-friendly approaches in gambling agencies.
Date: 27 October 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 12.00 midday

Peer connections

Banyule Peer Connection, Chrysalis Insight and Dare to Connect North West will present on how the lived experience can contribute to supporting people with gambling problems.
Date: 27 October 2015
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Urge therapy

Gambler's Help counsellors will present case studies of their use of urge therapy, following urge therapy training they received in February this year.
Date: 28 October 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Gaming machines and gambling games

Venue support worker Rob Wootton will facilitate an information session on probability and randomness as they relate to specific gambling products.
Date: 28 October 2015
Time: 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm


Crown Casino will present a study on outcomes of its self-exclusion program. This is the largest self-exclusion study in Victoria.
Date: 28 October 2015
Time: 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Public health and prevention day

This day will comprise three presentations with a panel discussion at the end of each session. Sessions will focus on: innovative approaches in prevention; evaluation strategies in prevention; reaching hard-to-reach groups in prevention. It will feature presentations from keynote speakers Doctor Fiona McKay from Deakin University and Professor David Dunt from the University of Melbourne.
Date: 29 October 2015
Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

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.auor (03) 9452 2668

Professional development and training from our sector friends

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

National Association of Gambling Studies Conference

Join national and international speakers from the gambling field, including researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives and clinicians at the twenty-fifth annual National Association of Gambling Studies Conference.

Date: 25–27 November 2015
Location: Stamford Plaza Hotel Adelaide, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
Enquiries and bookings: National Association of Gambling Studies

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.auor on (03) 9452 2668.

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