Training For People Who Have Clients Affected By Gambling

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Training for health and community workers

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Social workers, psychologists, counsellors and other community workers supporting clients affected by gambling can be more effective with the right training.

In your capacity as a health or community worker, gambling is probably not your area of expertise. There’s no question, it can be challenging to talk to someone about how gambling impacts their life and the people close to them – especially when mental health may be a factor. The knowledge you gain from evidence-based training will help your conversations and interventions to have positive outcomes.

Public Health Approaches to Preventing Gambling Harm in NSW Course is designed for practitioners to educate on the risks and harms associated with gambling, its importance as a public health issue and ways to manage the impact at an individual and community level.

This course aims to help:

  • Identify the factors that influence gambling and develop strategies to support people experiencing the negative impacts of gambling.
  • Increase awareness of how gambling harm can be prevented from a population perspective.
  • Increase understanding of responsible gambling paradigms, and why they are no longer considered best practice in helping to prevent or reduce gambling harm.

Format: Online

Duration: 3.5 hours

Cost: $100

This 3.5-hour online workshop on Gambling Harm Minimisation will provide you with practical strategies for working with clients who are experiencing negative impacts from gambling.

It’s targeted at social workers, counsellors, and other community sector workers.

You’ll learn about:
  • the signs of problematic gambling behaviour in an individual
  • related co-morbid conditions
  • existing services to assist with gambling issues.

And you’ll learn how to:

  • raise the issue of problematic gambling with an individual
  • recognise any co-morbid conditions and their impact
  • provide initial psychoeducation to the individual
  • make a referral to assist with gambling issues.

The workshop is delivered by the Centre for Community Welfare Training, in partnership with us.

Venue: Your choice

Format: Face to face – minimum 6 participants

Cost: On application

This 4-hour course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

You’ll learn:

  • how to approach someone about their gambling problems 
  • the risk factors, signs and symptoms and motivations which may underpin gambling problems 
  • how relapse might affect someone with gambling problems 
  • how to manage your own self-care when helping someone with a gambling problem.

You’ll also have the opportunity to practise your new skills in a safe environment.

This is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group. It is delivered by Mental Health First Aid Australia with funding from the Responsible Gambling Fund.

GambleAware acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land and we pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. GambleAware is an inclusive support service.
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