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Breaking the Barriers: Gambling and the Correctional System – Webinar

April 26, 2017 EDT @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



CEUs: Participants will receive 1.5 CEUs post-training.

Trainers: Scott Melissa, BS and Jodie Nealley, MS

Description: According to (Turner et al 2017) the prevalence rates of problem gambling in the adult correctional population are 5 – 10 times higher than those found in the general population.

Lack of screening, awareness, higher rates of co-occurring disorders and a lack of in-prison resources can contribute to these rates.

This webinar will include discussion about problem gambling in general – the spectrum from recreational to disordered, the warning signs and risk factors of disordered gambling and the impact gambling disorder has on incarcerated individuals. Resources and recovery supports will be presented as will personal experiences.


Nixon, G., Leigh, G., & Nowatszki, N. (2006). Impacting attitudes towards gambling: A prison gambling awareness and prevention program. Journal of Gambling Issues, 17, 1–15. doi:10.4309/jgi.2006.17.14

Shaffer, H. J., & Martin, R. (2011). Disordered gambling: etiology, trajectory, and clinical considerations. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7, 483–510. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-040510-143928

Turner, N. E., McAvoy, S., Ferentzy, P., Matheson, F. I., Myers, C., Jindani, F., … Malat, J. (2017). Addressing the Issue of Problem Gambling in the Criminal Justice System: A Series of Case Studies. Journal of Gambling Issues, xx–xx. https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2017.35.3

Williams, R. J., Royston, J., & Hagen, B. F. (2005). Gambling and problem gambling within forensic populations: A review of the literature. Criminal Justice and Criminal Behaviour, 32, 665–689.

Williams, R. J., Volberg, R. A., & Stevens, R. M. G. (2012). The population prevalence of problem gambling: Methodological influences, standardized rates, jurisdictional differences, and worldwide trends. Report prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Retrieved from https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/bitstream/handle/10133/ 3068/2012-PREVALENCE-OPGRC%20(2).pdf?sequence=3

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the continuum of gambling from recreational to disordered gambling.
  • List three questions that will elicit warning signs of gambling problems.
  • Identify the differences between gambling disorders and substance use.
  • Raise awareness of gambling disorders are it pertains to the correctional system.

Contact Jodie Nealley at Jodie@masscompulsivegambling.org or 617-426-4554 with questions or to receive the member discount code.

Sponsored by: The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Scott Melissa at 617.426.4554, Fax: 617.426.4555, TTY: 617.426.1855 by April 1, 2017 for accommodations.

NBCC ACEP No. 6331