Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Clinical or Gaming Operator Interventions:

How to Effectively Use Harm Reduction Strategy of Self-Exclusion in Clinical Practice

March 2, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presenters: Jody Bechtold & Alyssa Wilson

Topic(s): Client Engagement, Industry Trends

CEUs: C2 – 1.50, G2 – 1.50, P-R1 – 1.50, S3 – 1.50


Harm reduction refers to an array of policies and strategies aimed to reduce the negative consequences of gambling and other SUD behaviors.  With gambling, harm reduction exists on a continuum from responsible gambling to self-exclusion.  Self-exclusion refers to the process by which an individual can legally request to be excluded from access and participation in legalized gambling activities.  To date, both intervention strategies have found positive outcomes in removing or reducing the negative consequences of gambling.  While promising, it is unclear the extent to which clinicians understand the differences between self-exclusion as a clinical intervention or an operator program.  This workshop will provide an overview of the HR continuum, consideration for using SE in clinical practice, and provide case examples of ways to apply in practice.


1.     Describe self-exclusion programs in the US

2.     Describe the differences between operator and clinical intervention strategies

3.     Identify steps to take when using self-exclusion in clinical practice

4.     Identify strategies to use through case example

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