Joint Southern Region Gambling Conference
10/26/18-10/27/18. Register Now. 10 counselor continuing education hours just $110!* World-renowned presenters. Mental health gambling treatment professionals from the around the country will converge to experience and participate in the joint Southern Region Problem Gambling Conference in Orlando, Florida from October 26-27, 2018. This comprehensive continuing education event will cover Prevention, Treatment, Outreach, Impacts of Technology, Industry Shifts, the Future, and much more! The Joint Southern Region Gambling Conference site, the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, resides in the heart of the Orlando Attraction scene. Be sure to take advantage of the endless amounts of things to do. Whether its Disney, Universal, Seaworld, TopGolf or dining at a seemingly endless array of world class restaurants, Orlando truly has something for everyone. Space is limited, so register today. Should you have any questions, please contact the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling by calling 407-865-6200. We hope to see you at the joint Southern Region Gambling Conference!
Why Gambling Addiction CE Training at the Joint Southern Region Gambling Conference is Important
The impacts of a gambling problem affect individuals, families and communities, with costs extending from creditors to the criminal justice system. Most people who gamble can do so safely, and without difficulty. However, gambling is not a risk-free activity. When gambling in excess, the onset of an addiction can result in serious to severe short and long-term difficulties. In addition to affecting an individual’s home life, financial status, career, education, social relationships, and physical or emotional health, gambling problems also impact those closest to the gambler. Moreover, businesses, local communities, the criminal justice system, social service organizations, and society as a whole are also significantly affected by problem and compulsive gambling. Divorce, loss of productivity, bankruptcy, and crime are only a few of the many consequences that can occur. While gambling may begin as a social activity, for many, it is a mental health issue that progresses from at-risk, all the way to pathological addiction, putting gamblers through endless consequences based on the extent of the problem. However, the good news is that compulsive gambling is treatable for those who seek help. Unlike other addictions, problem gamblers do not display physical signs. There are no “card marks” on the arms, no “roulette breath,” no “dice eyes,” and no saturation point. While visible symptoms are minimal, problem gamblers are often depressed, anxious, and may have suicidal thoughts. They often neglect family and friends, run up large amounts of debt, and may be involved in illegal activity in order to fund their gambling addiction. Gambling addiction is a diagnosable and treatable mental health disorder. Help and hope are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Problem gamblers will often feel the need to lie about gambling, waiting to tell others only until they score a big win. There can be shame and guilt associated with gambling, making it hard for people to feel open about discussing their gambling habits. A gambling addiction can be hard to spot. We often refer to it as the “hidden addiction.” However, there are some behaviors that can indicate a problem with gambling is present. Gambling addicts often chase their losses. They view the casino or gambling establish as simply holding their money and by engaging in more gambling, they can win it back. In the poker world, players have coined the term “on tilt.” Being “on tilt” refers to when a player losses a big hand, gets angry, and seemingly acts reckless to get back his or her stack. Addiction often puts stress on those who surround the addict. While many gamblers themselves call our helpline, we get more than a fair share of the loved ones of gamblers who call, looking for help. A gambling addiction puts stress on the most important relationships.
Professionals Who Can Benefit from Gambling Addiction CE Training at the Joint Southern Region Gambling Conference
Therapists can help someone better understand and cope with thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They can also offer guidance and help improve a person’s ability to achieve life goals. These mental health professionals may also help assess and diagnosis mental health conditions. Psychologists hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or another specialty such as counseling or education. They are trained to evaluate a person’s mental health using clinical interviews, psychological evaluations and testing. They can make diagnoses and provide individual and group therapy. Some may have training in specific forms of therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and other behavioral therapy interventions. These masters-level health care professionals are trained to evaluate a person’s mental health and use therapeutic techniques based on specific training programs. They operate under a variety of job titles—including counselor, clinician, therapist or something else—based on the treatment setting. Working with one of these mental health professionals can lead not only to symptom reduction but to better ways of thinking, feeling and living. Clinical social workers are trained to evaluate a person’s mental health and use therapeutic techniques based on specific training programs. They are also trained in case management and advocacy services. Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed psychiatric training. They can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe and monitor medications and provide therapy. Some have completed additional training in child and adolescent mental health, substance use disorders or geriatric psychiatry. Psychiatric or mental health nurse practitioners can provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy for mental health conditions or substance use disorders. In some states, they are also qualified to prescribe and monitor medications. Requirements also vary by state as to the degree of supervision necessary by a licensed psychiatrist. Primary care physicians and pediatricians can prescribe medication, but you might consider visiting someone who specializes in mental health care. Primary care and mental health professionals should work together to determine an individual’s best treatment plan. Family nurse practitioners (FNP) can provide general medical services like those of a primary care physician, based on each state’s laws. Like primary care physicians, they can prescribe medication, but you might consider visiting someone who specializes in mental health care. Family nurse practitioners and mental health professionals should work together to determine an individual’s best treatment plan. Social workers (B.A. or B.S.) provide case management, inpatient discharge planning services, placement services and other services to support healthy living. Pastoral counselors are clergy members with training in clinical pastoral education. They are trained to diagnose and provide counseling. Pastoral counselors are members of the Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and can have equivalents to a doctorate in counseling.