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Integrating Problem Gambling Prevention on a Time Budget

Integrating Problem Gambling Prevention on a Time Budget



Presented at the 2011 Washington State Prevention Summit (http://www.preventionsummit.org) by Julie Hynes. Available at www.preventionlane.org/gambling.

Presented at the 2011 Washington State Prevention Summit (http://www.preventionsummit.org) by Julie Hynes. Available at www.preventionlane.org/gambling.



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    Integrating Problem Gambling Prevention on a Time Budget Integrating Problem Gambling Prevention on a Time Budget Presentation Transcript

    • Integrating ProblemGambling Prevention on a Time Budget Julie Hynes, MA, CPS Problem Gambling Prevention Coordinator Prevention Program Webmaster Lane County Health & Human Services Oregon Problem Gambling Services
    • Today’s Conversation Why problem gambling? Why integrate? Practical strategies Practical tools Getting started Q&A along the way! Note: This entire presentation, links and tools are available online at: www.preventionlane.org/gambling/ prevention-summit.htm
    • Why Gambling? One student in every classroom (average of 3%) of Washington 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who gambled said gambling had caused problems at home, school, or with friends (source: Washington Healthy Youth Survey, 2008) Research consistently shows teens who gamble have higher rates of: (sources: Oregon Health Authority, 2010; Marotta & Hynes, 2003)  Alcohol use  Delinquency  Marijuana use  Depression  Violent behavior  Suicidal ideation and  Sexual behavior attempts  Handgun possession
    • Oregon Student Wellness SurveysSource: http://oregon.pridesurveys.com
    • Why Gambling? 5 “A’s” for Alarm  Availability  Accessibility  Acceptability  Advertising  Age This is an issue thus far under-checked, under-studied, under the radar!
    • Why Gambling?
    • Why Gambling?
    • A New Online World Source: http://learntolottery.com/#/scratch-games
    • Why Schools?Yikes Source: http://oregon.pridesurveys.com
    • Why Integrate?  No budget  No time  Best/evidence- based practice approach  Similar reward pathways/ adolescent brain developmentnot what integrationlook like
    • OurApproach: Information Dissemination Prevention EducationUses the Center Alternative Activitiesfor Substance Community-Based ProcessesAbuse Prevention Problem Identification/ReferralStrategies for Environmental/PolicyEffective ApproachesPrevention
    • Department of Education Exhibiting and presenting at school teacher trainings ODE health education standards now includes problem gambling at 6-8th grade level Above: see http://preventionlane.org/gambling/about-us.htm for complete chart & informationCSAP: Policy
    • Partnering with schools Casino night alternatives Parenting programs (e.g., Strengthening Families) Selective prevention programs (e.g., Reconnecting Youth) Adding language about gambling into any drug or alcohol curriculum In-class presentations that can fold in with problem gambling Sample policies (see student handbooks)CSAP: Info dissemination, policy, community process,education, ID & referral (possibly alternative activities)
    • Partnering with higher ed
    • Partnering with higher ed Pros… & Not so pro’s Fresh ideas  Formal contract = University “Cheap labor” bureaucracy Go where the issues are  When working with Informal partnerships may be students, remember they are best (see “cons”) students  Holy bureaucracy, Batman!  Be careful about deadlines  Cool stuff you might not be able to use (see next slide)  Did we mention bureaucracy?
    • From the PGAP brandbook:www.preventionlane.org/gambling/pgap.htm U h … H i 
    • Partnering with your universities:Tips Know what you want Start with someone you know Go in with a plan Set realistic expectations Integrate wherever possible Don’t overcomplicate it (contracts = bureaucracy) Try to get questions on counseling/health center assessmentsCSAP: Info dissemination, policy, community process,education, ID & referral (possibly alternative activities)
    • Now…On to Some Tools!
    •  One time ADD-ON to evidence-based alcohol/drug unit (two types: grades 6-8 & high school) Objectives -- Students will be able to: A. Cite the general definitions of gambling and problem gambling B. Understand key differences between social (responsible) and problem gambling C. Understand how problem gambling shares commonalities with other addictive behaviors D. Verbalize how to access help when they believe they or a loved one have a gambling problem
    • We will be doing this tomorrow in the youth workshops!
    • Name 3 typical consequences thatsomeone may experience due to his/her gambling problem
    • DebtCrimeDepression/SuicideRelationship problemsEmployment problemsAlcohol and/or drug problems
    • Middle School Video Middle school students will learn:  What is gambling?  Gambling is not risk-free.  How to recognize problem gambling.  How to get help. What it is: to educate young people about the risks and pitfalls of gambling. What it’s NOT: to pass judgment on gambling being a “good” or “bad” activity.
    • Video is online. More info at:http://preventionlane.org/gambling/ youth-gambling-video.htm
    • Video Contest &Art Search
    • Video Contest & Art Search Cheap Great for integration in schools where health curriculum not a possibility Ask media, A/V, drama teachers about participating See http://preventionlane.org/videos.htm and http://preventionlane.org/gambling/art-search.htm for more information
    • Social Media Websites, Blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. If you can do it, it’s fairly inexpensive & easy to update!
    • Info & general prevention resource: preventionlane.org/gambling
    • Curriculum, outreach resource:problemgamblingprevention.org
    • Data & Info  Updated annually  Contains facts and figures, factsheets, overviews, templates, etc. for increasing awareness of problem gambling  Can be downloaded at http://problemgamblingpr evention.org/
    • System Evaluation ResultsPrevention and outreach are working: Evaluation report in Oregon shows many successes; see http://problemgamblingprevention.org/reports/08-09-AD80- Annual-Reports-Summary.pdf for more complete report Oregon is one of the few states that appears to have averted a significant increase in problem gambling prevalence while expanding legalized gambling (National Center For the Study of Gambling, 2006) 1. Moore & Marotta, in press 2. National Center For the Study of Gambling, 2006.
    • Successes… & Challenges Approaching  Gambling still not on radar schools/coalitions with  Lack of resources & time internal partners  Strict curriculum demands Sharing how this BENEFITS them, not adds work Using “Why should you care?” message Using local data Knowing the language (e.g., education standards) Asking questions
    • The Take-Home Integration is needed in today’s world Don’t overcomplicate it Use tools available to you with the time you have Ask for help! Problem gambling experts love to help.
    • Thanks…and…uh…go team!
    • For more information: Julie Hynes, MA, CPS Lane County Health & Human Services Oregon Problem Gambling Services Julie.Hynes@co.lane.or.us | 541.628.3928preventionlane.org | problemgamblingprevention.org Let’s share resources! Please “like” us at www.facebook.com/preventionpage and www.facebook.com/problemgamblingprevention