Webinar: Demystifying the link between problem gambling, cryptocurrencies, and other financial assets

This webinar is presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use at PSSP.

With the emergence of new asset classes like cryptocurrencies and new mobile financial tools, the opportunities to participate in the financial market has increased significantly.  However, one unintended consequence to this is the potential emergence of problematic gambling when using these assets.

This webinar will highlight new and emerging research on how financial assets (cryptocurrencies, options, stocks etc.) may be used to engage in problem gambling.  Preliminary practice recommendations present in the literature will be highlighted.  Audience members will have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer period.  This webinar is best suited to mental health and addictions service providers. 

Date: Wednesday June 15, 2022

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. EDT

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Applications for accreditation have been submitted to the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and to the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0  Continuing Education Unit(s).

Learning objectives

  1. Briefly describe cryptocurrencies and other basic financial assets.
  2. Identify the factors that make cryptocurrencies and other financial assets likely to be used for problem gambling.
  3. Describe current practice recommendations when working with clients who problematically gamble with cryptocurrencies and other financial assets.

Presenter 

Devin Mills Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University.  Devin completed his Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal in 2017, and subsequently served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rutgers University within the Center for Gambling Studies until 2019.  Devin is currently a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling Research Committee and continues to advocate for greater counsellor training in Texas.  Dr. Mills' research explores the development of behavioural addictions, specifically, video gaming and gambling disorder, with the intention of identifying factors that facilitate sustained recovery across the lifespan.  Dr. Mills’ research on cryptocurrency and gambling is one of the first papers on the subject, and he continues to expand on these findings through collaborations with researchers in finance.

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