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Gambling Disorder in Your Practice: Information and Resources - 4 CME Credits

The epidemilogy and clinical features of disordered gambling

Start Date: September 18, 2018
Duration: ~4 hours
Price: $199

Course Description

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Gambling Disorder in Your Practice: Information and Resources is dedicated to increasing provider understanding of disordered gambling and its importance to their practice. This case-based course will include information about the epidemiology and clinical features of disordered gambling and will detail options for the primary care provider with regard to screening of and referral for disordered gambling.

This course is intended for primary care physicians, specialty physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, researchers (PhDs), and other mental health professionals.

What You'll Learn

  • List validated tools for screening for gambling disorder
  • Recognize how mental health conditions relate to gambling disorder
  • Identify principles of motivational interviewing that can be applied to patients experiencing gambling problems
  • Identify web-based, self-help resources for people who want to change their gambling behavior


Heather Gray, PhD

Heather Gray, PhD Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School: Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance

Debi A. LaPlante, PhD

Debi A. LaPlante, PhD Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Director, Division on Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance

Howard Schaffer, PhD, CAS

Howard Schaffer, PhD, CAS Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of the Behavioral Sciences, Harvard Medical School; Director of the Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance


Gambling Disorder in Your Practice: Information and Resources is organized as follows:

Precourse Information:
Accreditation and AMA Credit Designation
Disclosure Statement
How to Take This Course
Viewing Videos
Grading and Certificates

Case 1: Smoking

Case 2: Sleep
Gambling Disorder
Behavioral Change
Motivation for change

Case 3: Comorbidities

Case 4: Domestic Violence
Intimate Partner Violence

Case 5. Parkinson's Disease
Behavioral Addiction

Case 6: Psychosocial
Contributing Factors

Case 7: Suicide
Suicide Factors

CME Certificate
CME Posttest
Course Evaluation



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Learners may also claim the following types of credit for completing this module:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) / Psychologists
  • National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) / Counselors
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) / Counselors

To claim these credits, email your CME certificate to Vanessa Graham at

Additional Accreditation Statements:

APA - The Division on Addiction is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Division on Addiction maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Division on Addiction is nationally approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals Approved Education Provider (Provider number 396)


NBCC - The Division on Addiction has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6121. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Division on Addiction is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program is eligible for a maximum of 4 clock hours.


Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School has long held the standard that its continuing medical education courses be free of commercial bias.

In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relevant relationship they, or their spouse or partner, have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.

Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide the course director and participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Disclosure Statement

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of the activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Name: Debi A. LaPlante, PhD
Role: Course Director
Company: National Center for Responsible Gaming
Company: British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Relationship: Sponsored Travel

Name: Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS
Role: Course Director
Company: Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Relationship: Consultant

Company: Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario
Relationship: Honoraria for Speaking Engagement; Sponsored Travel

Company: The Dunes
Relationship: Sponsored Travel; Consulting

All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.


Heather Gray, Ph.D is associate director of academic affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gray earned her PhD in social psychology from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute. Dr. Gray joined the Division on Addiction during 2008. As associate director of academic affairs, Dr. Gray helps develop education resources such as the Brief Addiction Science Information Source ( and the Division’s online and live continuing education courses. Dr. Gray is also actively involved with a number of division-wide research projects examining addictive behaviors among adolescents and adults.

Debi LaPlante, Ph.D is associate director of the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addictions and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in psychology and completed her graduate education in social psychology at Harvard University.

At the Division on Addictions, Dr. LaPlante is involved in research, teaching, and public outreach. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: (1) psychiatric comorbidity profiles and addictive behavior, such as DUI; (2) public health in expanding gaming markets; and (3) addiction in special populations, such as women and minorities. Currently, Dr. LaPlante is an editor for the online research review, the Brief Addiction Science Information Source (The BASIS), which publishes weekly science reviews on the latest research studies of gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Dr. LaPlante is a course director for the annual Addiction Medicine CME live activity and two online CME courses, Gambling in Your Practice and Addiction in Your Practice. Through her work, her goal is to further the mission of the Division on Addictions by strengthening worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information.

Howard Schaffer, Ph.D, CAS, is the Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of the Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Medical School; in addition, he is the director of the Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on a variety of government, state, nonprofit/foundation, and corporate-sponsored research projects. His work focuses on the clinical, research, and educational activities associated with the Division on Addiction. These topics include internet gambling, identifying risks and interventions for gambling disorder, and psychiatric comorbidity among multiple DUI offenders. Dr. Shaffer is the past editor of the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, the past editor of The Journal of Gambling Studies, and the past associate editor of The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr. Shaffer also is a member of numerous editorial boards. His newest books include the APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook (2012) and Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life (2012). Dr. Shaffer's major research interests include the social perception of addiction and disease, the philosophy of science, impulse control regulation, excessive and compulsive behaviors, addiction treatment outcomes, psychiatric comorbidity, homelessness and addiction, and the natural history of addictive behaviors. In addition to active clinical practice, Dr. Shaffer has written extensively about the treatment of addictive behaviors and the nature of addiction, including more than 250 chapters, journal articles, and reviews. He also has published more than 120 newspaper articles, and 22 books or monographs. His research, writing, and teaching have shaped how the health care field conceptualizes and treats the full range of addictive behaviors.


For questions regarding the course content or cme credit types other than AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, please contact the course administrator, Vanessa Graham:


Gambling Disorder in Your Practice: Information and Resources:
Original Release: 5/22/2013
Most Recent Update: 9/18/2018

End Date: 9/18/2021 (Enrollment ends 8/18/2021)


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