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Social workers, psychologists, counsellors and 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 harm minimisation 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.

Gambling Harm Minimisation 3-hour online workshop

Venue: Your choice

Format: Zoom

Cost: $30

The Office of Responsible Gambling (ORG) and the Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) are piloting a 3-hour online workshop on Gambling Harm Minimisation. The workshop is designed to provide you with practical strategies for working with clients who are experiencing negative impacts from gambling.

The workshop is targeted at social workers, counsellors and other community sector workers.

You’ll learn about:

  • the signs of problem gambling in an individual
  • related co-morbid conditions
  • existing services to assist with problem gambling.

And you’ll learn how to:

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

Interested? Find out more about the workshop‌ here


Venue: Your choice

Format: Face to face – minimum 6 participants

Cost: On application

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health issues and professionals. You’ll also have the opportunity to practise your new skills in a safe environment.

You’ll learn about:

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

This is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Interested? Find out more about the workshop here

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Contact us to find out about current funding opportunities. Email or call 02 9995 0992.

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