Problem Gambling in Post Secondary

In this webinar, we are joined by representatives of CMHA Thames Valley, CMHA Huron-Perth, as well as the Gambling Awareness Program at CMHA Saskatchewan, to talk about problem gambling among post-secondary students. This panel discussion will feature questions about the changes to Canadian laws around gambling and how that impacts students, what to look out for in struggling students, and the best way to support students with problem gambling. The session will be followed by an opportunity for audience questions.

Presenter Bios

April Laithwaite has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for over 12 years as registered Social Service Worker. She began her career working in a program specific for mothers who were pregnant or parenting and substance involved. April then moved her career goals in the direction of Problem Gambling and continues to be passionate about supporting people who struggle along the gambling continuum. As a counsellor certified through the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and an employee of Canadian Mental Health Association Thames Valley (CMHATV), she works with a highly skilled team to provide standardized assessments, treatment and referrals to each individual client.

Katrina Krieck is a register social service worker and one of the addiction counsellors working in the problem gambling and behavioural change program at CHMA Huron Perth. Katrina works from a holistic and trauma informed lens which stems from her ongoing education in aboriginal social work. Grounding her work in person centered practice Katrina seeks to help individual identify their maladaptive coping behaviours to regain the balance in their life. Katrina recently transitioned to walking with people on their journey through clinical counselling at CMHA. Previously Katrina supported individual’s living with severe mental illness, most recently throughout the pandemic in area of crisis stabilization for the Huron Perth healthcare Alliance.

Kathy Moorman has lived in Saskatchewan all of her life. She attended Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology (SIAST), now Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where she graduated from the Addiction Counselling Program. She received the SIAST Achievement Scholarship for high academic achievement. She worked as an addiction counsellor in Saskatoon and rural areas for almost fifteen years, where she spent much time working with adolescents. She has now been working with the Gambling Awareness Program, as the Northern Coordinator for five years. She presents to classrooms, treatment centres, and community groups providing gambling and gaming education. Kathy coaches kids curling in her spare time.

Meaghen Brideau is a registered social worker and one of the addiction counsellors working in the problem gambling and behavioural change program at CHMA Huron Perth. Meaghen splits her time between supporting people with substance misuse through local family health teams and the Goderich community, and the problem gambling and behavioural change program. Previously, Meaghen supported individuals in the Heart to Home program at Choices for Change. Choices for change has since amalgamated with the former resilience to form the new CMHA Huron Perth.

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