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Gambling and homelessness among older people in Victoria: understanding the two-way relationship

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Research

Homelessness is one of the most significant harms associated with gambling and appears to disproportionately affect older people, but the relationship has received little research attention. This presentation by Dr Brian Vanderberg from Monash University presents the findings of an exploratory study of how gambling and homelessness is linked in older age.

Venue: Online – webinar

Counting the costs of pokies: how those with greater access lose more

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Prevention/early intervention

Greater accessibility to gambling venues may increase gambling rates, and therefore enhance welfare through the additional enjoyment from gambling and the related socialising. However, it may also lead to problematic gambling, financial hardship and psychological distress. In this presentation, Prof David Johnston from Monash University will share new evidence on the potential benefits and harms of greater geographic accessibility to suburban gambling venues containing electronic gaming machines (pokies) will be examined.

Venue: Online – webinar

Gambling live streams: what are they, and why do they matter?

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Research

Some of the most successful live streamers make seven-figure incomes from their gaming, and many streamers enjoy being part of a like-minded and supportive community that has become increasingly central to gaming culture. However, many live streamers use gambling-like methods to profit from their viewers, while other channels simply broadcast real-money gameplay, ranging from games of luck and skill (eg poker) to games of pure luck (slots, roulette, etc). In particular, the broadcast of real-money slots has become highly popular – raising important questions about the laws and regulations, its potential to lead to harmful gambling behaviours, and the rise of commercial relationships between gambling streamers and gambling companies. This webinar will explore the rapidly-evolving ecosystem of gambling live streaming, and why it should be of interest to gambling researchers, and policymakers.

Venue: Online – webinar

Applying Aboriginal cultural safety into FC practice

, 9 am – 1 pm Community Engagement/Education – 1st Nations

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal cultural safety: what it is, where it came from and its relevance in the workplace. Different types of biases will be examined, and what influences cultural bias (conscious and unconscious) will be explored. Exploring your own attitudes and values to learn how they influence your perceptions and assumptions will be encouraged, and finally, learn how to provide a culturally safe service to your clients.

Upon successful completion of this session, participants will be able to: understand how own attitudes and values influence perceptions, assumptions and behaviours, recognise the diversity of cultural experiences, determine what a culturally safe workplace looks like, and plan towards a culturally safe workplace.

The session is grounded in practical casework scenarios.

To satisfy your professional obligations and to be awarded 4 CPD points for attendance, you are required to participate in the entire session.

This event is hosted by FCVic and registration will require membership of FCVic and logging onto their events webpage.

Venue: TBD

Gambling problems among Australian military personnel after deployment: analyses of the Middle East Area of Operations prospective health study

, 12.30–1.30 pm Research – Public health

Dr Sean Cowlishaw from Melbourne University’s Phoenix Australia Centre will be presenting findings from what is believed to be the first research study into gambling among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. The aim of this study was to highlight the extent, risk-factors, and implications of gambling problems among current members of the ADF following deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations. It involved analyses of data from ADF personnel who deployed between 2010 and 2012, and completed surveys within four months of returning to Australia.

Venue: Online – webinar

Cryptocurrency, CFD & speculation

, 10am – 12.30pm Community Engagement/Education – Prevention/early intervention

In this session, the team at Australian Financial Complaints Authority will provide an overview on cryptocurrency, contracts for difference and other speculative products.

Upon successful completion of this session, participants will be able to understand: what cryptocurrencies are and how they work, and what contracts for difference are and how they differ to shares.

To satisfy your professional obligations and to be awarded 3 CPD points for attendance, participation in the entire session is required.

This event is hosted by FCVic and registration will require membership of FCVic and logging onto their events webpage.

Venue: Online – webinar

The NSW youth gambling study 2020

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Youth

The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling commissioned a study into gambling and simulated gambling among people aged 12 to 17 years in NSW. The study aimed to increase understanding of gambling engaged in by young people in NSW in order to inform measures to prevent and reduce gambling-related harm.

Specific topics will include: the nature and estimated prevalence of gambling, and simulated gambling amongst adolescents in NSW; personal, parental, peer and environmental factors that influence adolescent gambling and simulated gambling; and how the findings can inform measures to prevent and reduce gambling-related harm.

Venue: Online – webinar

Psychodynamic group work

, 10 am–1 pm Help & Support

This workshop will provide an overview of psychodynamic group work, including its rationale and hypothesis. It will explore the group as a system with its own life which is conscious and unconscious and the subsystems within a group. It will also examine how unconscious emotional processes shape group behaviour and how unconscious processes inhibit the work of the group.

This is most suited for therapeutic counsellors.

Venue: Online – webinar

Pasefika cultural awareness training

, 10am – 3pm Community Engagement/Education – CALD

This course will provide an overview of Pasefika cultures and histories – from the great oceanic waves of migration to 20th and 21st century diaspora in the Western world, the challenges faced by Pasefika communities in Australia, and how to effectively engage with Pasefika communities.

Venue: Online – webinar

Aboriginal cultural safety workshop

, 9.30am – 1.30pm Community Engagement/Education – 1st Nations

This half day workshop will allow participants to explore how our own attitudes and values influence perceptions, assumptions and behaviours within the workplace, raise participants' knowledge about the diversity of cultural experiences, explain what a culturally safe workplace looks like and how to plan towards a culturally safe workplace. 

Venue: Online – webinar

Introduction to attachment based therapy

, 10 am–1 pm Help & Support

This workshop will provide an overview of attachment theory in the context of attachment based therapy. It will explore the unconscious defense mechanisms of suppression, avoidance or amplification and overemphasis in response to early attachment experience. It will look at early attachment and later development, as well as the lifespan perspective on attachment. It will also focus on interventions and approaches based on attachment theory.

This is most suited for therapeutic counsellors.

Venue: Online – webinar

Negotiating effectively with creditors

, 9.30 am – 12 pm Help & Support – Financial Counselling

Learn negotiation techniques and apply them in conversations with creditors. Understand how debt buyers think, what they want and how to use that knowledge to the advantage on behalf of clients.

CPD points available: 3

This event is hosted by FCVic and registration will require logging onto their webpage.

Venue: Online – webinar

Gambling among adolescents and young adults

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Youth

Ben Riley from Flinders University will present a gap analysis from reviewing the current literature on gambling behaviour, attitudes and associated risk factors for gambling and problem gambling among adolescents and young adults. This presentation will also cover a case report of a parent-delivered contingency management intervention for a treatment-refusing young adult with a gaming disorder.

Venue: Online – webinar

Working with interpreters (advanced)

, 9.30 am – 12 pm Help & Support – Financial Counselling

This advanced course builds on the expertise required to work with interpreters in a highly effective way to maximise practitioner-client communication and manage complex conversations.

CPD points available: 3

This event is hosted by FCVic and registration will require logging onto their webpage.

Venue: Online – webinar

Early life interrelational trauma

, 10 am–1 pm Help & Support

This workshop seeks to provide to provide an overview of early life interrelational trauma and explore this from an object relations perspective. It will also explore how it affects regulation, mentalisation and the development of self, including the lifespan perspective of early life interrelational trauma.

This is most suited for therapeutic counsellors.

Venue: Online – webinar

Gamblers Help FC Forum

, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Primary & Allied Health – Financial Counselling

This forum will give financial counsellors the opportunity to broaden peer-to-peer sharing beyond your own agency and in a structured manner. The session will cover a variety of topics, including the use of existing legislation and codes when advocating for clients, practicing new tools and tips from others, and strategies to deal with disappointing client outcomes.

CPD points available: 3

This event is hosted by FCVic and registration will require logging onto their webpage.

Venue: Melbourne CBD, venue TBC

Monitoring adolescent gambling in Victoria

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Research

In the webinar, Dr Freund will present a brief overview of the 2017 Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey. She will present on the research methods, summarise the findings of the final report, and provide a preview of additional analyses that have now been completed. The ASSAD is a triennial national cross-sectional survey of Victoria and Queensland students’ use of licit and illicit substances. A total of 4269 students in Victoria from 58 schools took part in the survey. The webinar will cover the prevalence, type, modalities of gambling and problem gambling overall, and by age and gender. It will also include environmental factors that may influence adolescent gambling including exposure to peer and family gambling and exposure to gambling promotions.

Venue: Online – webinar

Introduction to the adult attachment interview

, 10 am–1 pm Help & Support

This session will provide an overview of attachment theory in the context of children and adults, and explore how object relations, the internal working model and attachment theory intersect. Adult attachment Interview (AAI) questions will be worked through in a practical workshop, understanding AAI protocols and introducing AAI into your practice.

This session is most suited for therapeutic counsellors.

Venue: Online – webinar

Gambling expenditure and harm in banking data

, 12.30 – 1.30 pm Research – Research

This session will go through a novel approach in research to show how gambling expenditure and harm can be objectively measured in bank data. Electronically-recorded gambling expenditure (e.g., in online and mobile gambling) can be retrieved from bank data, as well as relevant harm outcomes across financial (e.g., payday loans), social (e.g., spend on social activities) and health (e.g., spend on prescriptions, mortality) domains to provide information and knowledge. Dr Phillip Newall is one of the authors of this research.

Venue: Online – webinar

Building resilience to workplace stress

, 2 – 4 pm Help & Support – Mental Health

This two-hour workshop faciliated by The Black Dog Institute will help participants to understand how to manage stress and change in the workplace. It will unpack what stress is, knowing your stress signatures and how to manage it, dealing with change and uncertainty, and tools and techniques to practice mindfulness to improve wellbeing in the workplace.

Venue: Online – webinar
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