Webinar: Launch of the SPRinG App

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

Launch of the SPRinG App - A digital health solution to support self-management of problem gambling 

We are SPRinG’g into action to help the gambling community. In this webinar, Dr. Flora Matheson, Research Scientist; Dr. Arthur McLuhan, Postdoctoral Fellow; and Madison Ford, Research Coordinator, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, will introduce the community-based digital health solution: SPRinG.

Co-developed with community partners, SPRinG is a mobile application that aims to support the self-management of problem gambling.  This webinar will appeal to mental health and addictions service providers, other health and social service providers, and researchers who study problem gambling/technology use.  

Date: Thursday June 23, 2022

Time: 1 - 2 p.m. EDT

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This will be part one of a two-part webinar series.  Part one: Showcase the application and information for how to use it; part two: Aggregate data reveal, post launch.  The audience will have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A discussion and will be asked to share the information within their community of practice in relation to their clinical work and/or research.  Attendees of the part one webinar in the series will receive a courtesy message when registration opens for part two.  

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.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the challenges of problem gambling recovery, including barriers to care, service access, and support for problem gambling, in the context of poverty and homelessness.
  2. Review approaches to self-management and digital health solutions to address current problem gambling needs, such as services gaps in Ontario/Canada.
  3. Show the digital health self-management solution for problem gambling support and recovery—the SPRinG App.  


Flora Matheson, PhD, leads the Justice and Equity Research Program located at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital.  Dr. Matheson’s research focuses on solutions to reduce social and health inequities among people experiencing problem gambling and imprisonment; solutions that are built with, and for these communities.  As a sociologist, she uses both a gender and social determinants of health lens to enact change.

Arthur McLuhan, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.  A sociologist of culture and interaction, his research examines the interactional patterns that sustain group affiliations, shape identities, maintain boundaries, and reproduce inequalities.  Dr. McLuhan uses qualitative methods to study these issues across a variety of groups and social settings and his postdoctoral research focuses on two areas: (1) problem gambling, poverty, and homelessness and (2) incarceration, re-entry, and health.

Madison Ford, MPH, is a Research Coordinator in the Justice and Equity Research Program within the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital.  Madison holds a Master’s of Public Health from Lund University and focused her thesis research on the association between problem gambling and comorbid physical conditions, mental health problems, problematic substance use, and behavioural addictions with the goal of finding new opportunities for pathways to treatment.  As a research coordinator, she is currently managing various projects, including a self-management app for people experiencing problem gambling with a focus on those experiencing homelessness.


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