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Gambling Disorder in Your Practice: Information and Resources

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Course Description

Learners may 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 Tasha Chandler and tchandler@challiance.org.

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.

NAADAC - The Division on Addiction is a National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) 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.

This CME Online course is dedicated to increasing providers’ understanding of disordered gambling and its importance to their practice. This 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. The course will include address specific learning objectives related to the screening and treatment of disordered gambling and will take a case-based approach, including multiple choice questions, high-quality images, interactive modules, an individualized study guide, and a list of references.

Original Release: 5/22/2013
Most Recent Update: 12/23/2014
Termination Date: 12/23/2017

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: 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.

This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

COST: $100.00 for the average learner. Participants living in emerging nations may register for free. Please see our International Pricing page eligible countries.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List validated tools for screening for gambling disorder
  2. List the DSM criteria for gambling disorder
  3. Access web-based, self-help resources for people who want to change their gambling behavior
  4. Describe the Stages of Change and match hypothetical patient statements regarding gambling to the correct Stage of Change
  5. Describe the principles of Motivational Interviewing as they relate to gambling problems
  6. Describe how co-occurring mental health conditions and family history relate to the risk for gambling disorder
  7. Identify factors that contribute to adolescent gambling and match them to the correct stream of influence
  8. Identify the ways in which healthcare providers—even those who are not mental health specialists—can help people who are at risk for suicide


Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.


This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Course Director
Dr. Heather Gray is Associate Director of Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, 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 during 2008. As Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gray is responsible for fostering the Division’s mission to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction and addiction treatment through education to members of the treatment and legal communities, gambling industry leaders and regulators, and the general public. Dr. Gray's ongoing research projects involve studies of recovery from substance use disorders among homeless adults. Dr. Gray is also actively involved with a number of Division-wide reserch projects, including studies of actual Internet gambling and the development of evidence-based strategies for the prevention of problematic Internet gambling.

Research grant recipient for bwin.party and National Center for Responsible Gaming

Course Co-Director
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) e-health; and (3) addiction in special populations, such as women and minorities.
Currently, Dr. LaPlante is senior editor of 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. She also played a lead role in the development of the Executive, Management and Employee Responsible Gaming Education (EMERGE) program for educating gaming industry employees about responsible gaming. Dr. LaPlante has written and lectured extensively about addiction and behavioral expressions of addiction, such as gambling. 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.

Research grant recipient for bwin.party and National Center for Responsible Gaming

Course Co-Director
Currently, Dr. Shaffer is an Associate Professor 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, non-profit/foundation, and corporate sponsored research projects. His work focuses on the clinical, research and educational activities associated with the Division. These topics include Internet Gambling, identifying risks and interventions for gambling disorder, and psychiatric co-morbidity 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.
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.

Consultant for Dunes of Easthampton, Research grant recipient for bwin.party.

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Dr. Deverensky is Graduate Program Director, School/Applied Child Psychology at McGrill University of Montreal, QC.

Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Ken Winters, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including drug abuse and problem gambling. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gambling Studies, as well as the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. Dr. Winters has received numerous problem gambling research grants from the State of Minnesota and the Institute on Problem Gambling and Related Disorders. He was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, The Partnership at Drug Free.Org, the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization), and the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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Course Planners
Mr. Drury is founder of The Quill Consulting, LLC, a privately-owned medical writing and editing company. With graduate degrees in both English and biology, Chris has written and edited professionally for over a decade in areas that span medicine, pharmaceuticals, marketing, outcomes research, health devices, and several others. He has also worked extensively in CME by planning and building CME programs; reviewing, writing, and editing proposals and CME content; moderating programs; and following through on outcomes deliverables. Chris currently operates out of his home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Andi Long directs the Department of Continuing Education’s Distance Learning group, which offers a variety of online continuing medical education programs to health care professionals around the world. Andi develops strategies for new pilot programs and systematically rolls out new distance learning initiatives and has a leadership role in IT planning and other online processes for HMS DCE. She oversees the day-to-day operations of each distance learning activity and ensures ACCME compliance across all enduring programs. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Harvard Medical School Faculty members to develop high-quality, engaging online programs that physicians in more than 170 countries have taken part in. Andi earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in English. Her professional interests focus on teaching and learning with new technologies and online course development.

Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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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.

This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate

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General Information


Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.

Internet Connection
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