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ICRG Webinar: Brain Connections - Start talking with visitors about gambling and the brain
“I can’t stop gambling…every time I lose, I keep coming back…why?” “It’s not fun anymore, so why do I feel like I need to gamble?” “When the casinos were closed during the pandemic, why did I switch addictions?” “How do features of a slot machine affect my brain? “Why does my brother keep gambling even when he’s lost everything?”

As someone who works with people who gamble – either as a clinician, RG specialist, or operator, how do you respond when you are asked these questions?

This session will describe Brain Connections – tools you can use to educate the public about the brain and gambling. Brain Connections (www.brainconnections.ca) was developed as a partnership between problem gambling researchers and clinicians. This knowledge translation project features educational tools for the public that are designed to assist you in answering frequently asked questions about the brain, gambling and how problems might develop.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn about the Brain Connections tools and how these apply in various settings (clinical, RG, gambling establishments)
• Accurately answer commonly asked visitor questions about gambling and the brain
• Increase your confidence and competence in the area of gambling neurobiology

Dr. Iris Balodis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences,
Associate Director, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research
McMaster University

Deirdre Querney, MSW
Registered Social Worker
City of Hamilton’s Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services


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