Great Lakes PTTC: The Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention
The Great Lakes PTTC is providing a 3-part series on the nexus of substance misuse and other public health issues. We will be exploring the nexus of substance misuse and mental health conditions, suicide, and problem gambling. This “nexus” provides an opportunity for prevention specialists and other behavioral health leaders to develop a cohesive strategy within a public health framework to reduce the rates of all four behavioral health problems.
The three webinars in this series will provide state and community substance misuse prevention practitioners with information on the scope of each problem, an understanding of traditional barriers to collaboration and current programming, and ways to work together.
The three sessions are:
- Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion
- Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention
- Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention
Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention
The focus of this session is on the nexus between substance misuse prevention and problem gambling prevention. Gambling disorders are highly comorbid with other mental health and substance use disorders. The prevalence of co-occurring gambling addiction and substance use is high. Approximately 1 in 10 compulsive gamblers report being concerned about their substance use.
- Discuss the complex relationship between problem gambling and substance misuse.
- List shared risk and protective factors between problem gambling and substance misuse disorders
- List the barriers to collaboration between the problem gambling prevention field and substance misuse prevention
- Describe collaboration strategies for substance use prevention professionals and the problem gambling prevention field to improve public health and community conditions.
The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Rebecca Bishop, MSW
Director, Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling
Rebecca Bishop specializes in initiatives to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of youth and high-risk populations. She brings expertise in mental health promotion, health equity, cultural and linguistic responsiveness, community mobilization, and violence prevention and intervention. Bishop has a history of applying a health and racial equity lens to substance use, youth development, violence and problem gambling prevention, as well as mental health issues. She leads EDC’s Gambling Prevention Technical Assistance Center and has managed three regional planning processes across Massachusetts to learn about local knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes related to gambling, resulting in population-specific prevention strategies. Bishop holds an MA in Social Work, Health, and Mental Health Administration from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance. Certificates are disseminated via email to all qualifying individuals approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the event or training.