Gambling workshop for Alcohol and Other Drug workers

Posted on: Friday, 14 October 2011

Turning Point is holding a workshop with the aim of providing an introduction to problem gambling specifically for AOD workers. The workshop will provide information on best-practice theoretical models that explain how problems develop and how addictive characteristics are present when there is not a physical substance. The training will also provide workers with an understanding of how problems are maintained and how these factors present in treatment.

Key content will include:

  • An overview of gambling in Australia (cost/benefits, current issues)
  • Theoretical background to the development and maintenance of problem gambling
  • How gambling encourages erroneous beliefs (addiction without a substance)
  • Screening and Assessment tools
Simone Rodda is the coordinator of Turning Point's Gambling Services, including statewide helpline programs for VIC, TAS, QLD and NT and national online gambling counselling program. Simone has been providing training for Turning Point's online and helpline services for five years. In this time she has trained over 50 counsellors in best practice interventions for problem gambling. She also provides the post-graduate gambling sessions with the RMIT and Deakin courses. Simone is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University studying the effectiveness of online counselling for gamblers.

Registration form can be downloaded here