Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Gambling Disorder Case Presentation Webinar

Friday, October 14, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm
This session is for anyone new to treating Gambling Disorder or for anyone interested in hearing cases of clinical treatment. The session will provide education on a problem gambling-related topic that matches the case to be discussed

Cost: Free

Who Should Attend: Treatment professionals interested in learning more about gambling disorder

Continuing Education:
1.5 CEUs are available for this training which can be used toward obtaining the GAMB Endorsement through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board or can prove scope of competency through the Ohio Social Worker, Counselor, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Problem Gambling Network of Ohio is an approved continuing education provider through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board, and the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Subject Areas:
- No prevention continuing education hours are available for this training.
- C2: 1.5 hours
- G2: 1.5 hours

Description of Course Goals & Objectives:
1. Participants will understand the definition of trauma and the correlation to gambling disorder.
2. Through an overview of the adaptive information processing model, participants will identify how trauma impacts adaptive brain processing.
3. Participants will identify how the eight phases of EMDR therapy can assist with adaptive memory processing and impact on gambling behaviors.

Case Presentation Description:

Research has demonstrated links between trauma, stressful life events in childhood and adulthood, and gambling. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based treatment for allowing the brain to “redigest” traumatic experiences. EMDR has been a growing intervention in the addiction field. EMDR has been shown to assist individuals in desensitizing to triggers, develop positive resources, and reprocess trauma memories in which gambling serves as a survival adaptation. Explore a foundational overview of EMDR and the adaptive information processing theory applied to a case example.
*This presentation should not substitute any consultation with an EMDRIA approved consultant.

Lead Presenter: Krystal Gesicki, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-GAMB, CCTP

Krystal Gesicki graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and holds the following credentials through the State of Ohio: licensed independent social worker with supervision designation, licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with gambling endorsement, and certified clinical trauma professional. Through direct practice and administrative positions, Krystal has cultivated a commitment in providing a trauma-informed approach. Since 2013, she has joined women and men as they navigate trauma, revitalize their life during recovery, and gain new skills as they cope with a sea of overwhelming emotions. Krystal has been involved with the gambling network of care through completion of PGNO’s gambling treatment fellowship in 2021, advanced gambling treatment fellowship in 2022, and is an on-call specialist with Ohio’s Warm Transfer Project.

To Register:

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