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The Blurring Lines of Youth Gaming and Gambling: Implications for the Public Health Field (Julie Hynes, MA, CPS)

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Description: The world of what we have considered “gambling” has shifted dramatically in recent years. In this training, participants will gain an understanding of recent and emerging trends in gaming and how these trends have blurred the lines between how we have defined gaming and gambling.  We will have a special focus on online gaming, and participants will be able identify some practical tools and strategies for use in their professional and personal settings.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least three recent trends in youth video gaming and gambling;
  • Identify risk and protective factors, as well as specific youth vulnerable populations for problem “gaming” and gambling;
  • Describe three methods of addressing problematic gaming and gambling in their work.

Julie Hynes has over 17 years of experience in addictions prevention and program coordination. Her passions include community education, leadership development, media and public policy. Julie has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling and is a member of the Council’s prevention committee. She regularly provides training and technical assistance on prevention and problem gambling across the United States and is a past recipient of Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.



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