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Connections: Healthy Gambling and Gaming

Connections: Healthy Gambling and Gaming

By Evergreen CPG
Join host Tana Russell, Assistant Director of Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, as she discusses gambling and gaming with special co-hosts and internationally renowned subject matter experts. Together they journey to shine a light on the topic of gambling and gaming disorder with genuine care, humor, and a passion for knocking down barriers to care and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help.
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Family Recovery from Gaming -S3E5
Family Recovery from Gaming: A loving mother finds power and healing in her own recovery experience Guest Co-Host: Rhonda Hatefi with Oregonians for Gambling Awareness Guest: Carrie Lipe  Carrie is a loving mother of a son in recovery from Gaming Disorder. She shares her story of watching her son’s declining physical and mental health as she struggled to find answers and appropriate help for him. Her journey eventually led her to find help not only for her son, but also for herself, and to realize the power and healing of her own recovery experience.
01:05:43
June 30, 2022
Recovery from Sports Betting - S3E4
Sharing his story of addiction and recovery from sports betting on American basketball, football and more, Dare joins us from Australia in hopes that his story might reduce stigma and help others recover.  He opens up about how it became an addiction, leading to huge financial and relationship losses, suicidal ideation, and eventually to a decision that changed everything. Resources: Problem Gambling Helpline: https://www.evergreencpg.org/help-and-hope/programs-and-services/helpline-info/ DraftKings RG and self-exclusion page: https://sportsbook.draftkings.com/help/responsible-gaming?wpscn=responsible-gaming&wpcn=help&wpkw=https%3A%2F%2Fsportsbook.draftkings.com%2Fhelp%2Fresponsible-gaming&wpaffn=Google&wpsrc=Organic%20Search FanDuel RG and self-exclusion page: https://www.fanduel.com/responsible-play GamBan: https://gamban.com/ WA State self-exclusion: https://www.wsgc.wa.gov/self-exclusion
01:05:09
May 19, 2022
Women in Gaming - S3E3
You may have heard that women are now nearly 50% of gamers, but that data generally includes all genres including mobile games.  When it comes to online multiplayer and first-person shooter games, it’s still very male-dominated.  What’s it like for women gamers in these settings?  Dr. McGinnis shares a fascinating view from her 20 years of experience as a female gamer, a researcher of video games and anger, and her experience as a professional counselor, about what it’s like for women in a male-dominated gamer culture. Special Guest: Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, SIP, BC-TMH, LCPC, NCC Associate Professor of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Coordinator Resource Links: McGinnis, C.Z.A.S. (2010). Psycho-spiritual components in Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter Xbox videogaming. Publication No. 3421137) [Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Maryland]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. https://www.proquest.com/openview/96e88da19272ea47a04b3149e8dc8866/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750 Anger Works by AWI Institute https://www.anger.works/ Gamequitters: https://gamequitters.com/ Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous: https://internetaddictsanonymous.org/ OLGA/OLG-Anon: https://www.olganon.org/home
59:17
April 22, 2022
Equity in Gaming - S3E2
Connections welcomes Kelvin Peprah, MA, LMCH, advocate and therapist on cultural/racial identity issues with a passion in working with youth and students of color. We talk about how people of color are represented in video game characters, players, and streamers, and what kind of impacts this might have on young gamers.  As well as the opportunities and potential that the gaming industry has to reduce discrimination and promote social justice and equity.  Have you noticed a difference? Resources: Peprah counseling: https://peprahcounseling.com/ “Coding Blackness: A History of Black Video Game Characters”, Feb. 26, 2021: https://www.wired.com/story/black-character-history-video-games/ “Confronting racial bias in video games”, June 21, 2020: https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/21/confronting-racial-bias-in-video-games/?guccounter=1 ESA: “Video Game Industry Response to Nationwide Protests”, June 2, 2020: https://www.theesa.com/news/video-game-industry-response-to-nationwide-protests/ “Views on gaming differ by race, ethnicity”, Dec. 17, 2015: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/17/views-on-gaming-differ-by-race-ethnicity/ The 1000 Cut Journey - developed by the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Traveling While Black - A VR experience created by Roger Ross Williams, which takes in one of the safe restaurants listed in the Green Book.  I AM A MAN - An interactive VR experience created by Derek Ham which chronicles circumstances surrounding the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in Nashville (1968)
50:21
March 24, 2022
The Pros and Cons of Telemental Health - S3E1
Pros and Cons of Telemental Health – How to make the most of it This episode is a playback of one of our earlier ECPG LIVE! episodes. If you missed it then, you can catch it now! Telemental Health services are now available more than ever before and it looks like they aren’t going away. They have some clear benefits, as well as some drawbacks. Whether you are trying to determine if virtual counseling is right for you, a family member, or your own business, this episode will give you some good things to consider, and how to make the most of it. Referenced in this episode: William Castillo, Westwood Counseling: https://www.westwoodcounseling.net/ Original Video, blog, and resources: https://www.evergreencpg.org/video/ecpg-live-the-pros-and-cons-of-telemental-health/
44:14
January 27, 2022
Recap of 2021 - S2E10
Recap of 2021: Celebrating 2021 Successes and Discussing Hopes for 2022 Despite obstacles and hardships, 2021 was a productive year in the world of problem gambling awareness in WA state. Tana Russell and Maureen Greeley, with ECPG, chat with Roxane Waldron, Manager of the state Problem Gambling Program, to talk about what went well in 2021, and how they know it was actually successful. They get a bit excited over some data questions, but there is a good reason why.  Listen, to hear what they are hopeful about for 2022 in improving access to help services for anyone affected by gambling problems.
57:57
December 29, 2021
The Responsible Gaming Draft of Sports Betting - S2E9
You might have noticed a rise in sports betting advertisements when you go to watch your favorite game lately. Why is that? What is the industry doing to educate their staff and customers about responsible gaming and problem gambling, and provide resources for betting responsibly? Also, what can players use to bet smart, enjoy the game, and protect themselves?  Kara Fox-LaRose, ilani Casino and Resort President and GM, co-hosts this episode on sports betting with Tana. They get the scoop on what responsible gaming looks like in the world of sports betting from an agency you might have heard of – DraftKings. We are thrilled to welcome DraftKings Director of Responsible Gaming, Chrissy Thurmond, and the previous Connections podcast co-host Julie Hynes, this time in the hot seat as a guest. Resources: Draft Kings Responsible Gaming Page: https://www.draftkings.com/responsible-gaming ilani Responsible Gaming Page: https://ilaniresort.com/gaming/responsible-gaming.html
56:56
November 24, 2021
What’s the Deal with Social Casinos?
What exactly is a Social Casino and why have they faced so many legal challenges? Defining what it is, and what it is not, is part of the problem. A social casino may look like, sound like, and play like a traditional gambling game, just on a mobile device. Many people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a gambling site and a social casino site. Today’s episode is co-hosted by Jennifer Shatley, Responsible Gaming Consultant, Logan Avenue Consulting, with special guests Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling, and Todd Logan, Partner, Edelson PC. Together they explore how social casinos, given their potential for addiction, harm, and access by minors, can operate without the industry standards, consumer protections, and responsible gaming guidelines in place for gambling establishment counterparts.  Host Tana Russell, SUDP, WSCGC-II, NCTTP Co-Host Jennifer Shatley, Responsible Gaming Consultant With special guests: Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling Todd Logan, attorney, Edelson PC Resources: International Social Games Association NCPG’s Internet Responsible Gambling Standards (May 2021) NCPG’s Social Games Consumer Protection Guidelines (Oct. 2013) US Online Responsible Gaming Regulations (Jan. 2014) Washington State Gambling Commission – Illegal gambling activities in WA WSGC – Big Fish Games, Inc. Petition for Declaratory Order
55:25
October 28, 2021
From Grief to Hope - S2E7
The Story of Advocacy in the Aftermath of Suicide Ronda Hatefi, founder of Oregonians for Gambling Awareness and a true force of nature, shares her story of the loss of her brother to suicide due to gambling disorder in 1995, before anyone even knew to call it that.  Families across the country may relate to what her family went through as gambling took over her brother’s life and the aftermath of losing him.  She has honored his memory by using his story to help others and save lives for the past 25+ years.  She’s appeared in a number of TV segments and news stories and honors us in this episode by sharing what she feels most people really need to hear about this deadly disease, overcoming it, and the strength and love of family and friends who advocate for help. Resources: Gam-Anon (support for those affected by a loved ones’ gambling): https://www.gam-anon.org/ National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (March): https://www.evergreencpg.org/awareness/pg-awareness-month/ Oregonians for Gambling Awareness Org. (OGAO) and https://www.ogao.org/ PG Awareness Day (Sept. 29 in Oregon): https://problemgamblersawarenessday.ogao.org/ Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK): https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
01:08:29
September 22, 2021
Lotteries Keeping It Fun – Responsibly - S2E6
From apples to peaches we have Kristi Weeks with the Washington Lottery and Bradley Bohannon with the Georgia Lottery joining us to talk about what responsible gaming can look like for lotteries and their customers.  Corporate responsibility is critical for the industry, important to customers, and is actually great for business too. Related Links: Washington Lottery: https://www.walottery.com/ WA Lottery Responsible Gambling page: https://www.walottery.com/Responsibility/ Georgia Lottery: https://www.galottery.com/en-us/home.html Georgia Lottery Play Responsibly page: https://www.galottery.com/en-us/about-us/play-responsibly.html North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL): https://www.naspl.org/ NASPL Responsible Gambling page: https://www.naspl.org/responsiblegambling/
59:01
August 26, 2021
So Long Panda, and Thanks for All the Whisps!
In a surprise ambush, we say goodbye to Julie Hynes as co-host of the Connections podcast. While we will miss her terribly, there is much excitement, and high expectations of what she can bring to the table in her new role on the road she now travels. Find out where she is going, what she’ll be doing, and how she’ll be working for problem gambling prevention in a new and impactful way. Don’t worry, the Connections podcast won’t be going anywhere. We're looking forward to guest co-hosts and more great interviews and topics.
28:40
July 02, 2021
Play Smart Messaging That Works - S2E5
How does a state lottery promote Responsible Gaming?  Townley Cheek, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at the North Carolina Education Lottery, talks about lessons learned in her career about effective Responsible Gaming and prevention messaging.  Find out what they are doing now, the data that shows that it’s working, and why customers like it. Referenced in this episode: https://nclottery.com/PlaySmart
45:22
June 24, 2021
The Military Didn’t Know What to Do With Me - S2E4
Dave Yaegar: Military, Addiction, Recovery, and Advocacy US Army Veteran Dave Yeager now devotes his life to helping and advocating for those in recovery from gambling.  He is host of the podcast “Fall In: The Problem Gambling Podcast for Military Service Members and Veterans”.  He is also the author of a book sharing his story from addiction to gambling through slot machine rooms on his military base while deployed, to criminal activity, a suicide plan, misguided interventions from those who “didn’t know what to do with me”, the struggle to find adequate help, and finally to now, a thriving life with healthy relationships and a purpose in helping others Learn more about Dave: · Subscribe to his podcast “Fall In: The Problem Gambling Podcast for Military Service Members and Veterans” on Spotifyor most places you normally get your podcasts. · Read his book: Be Happy with Crappy: A Journey Through Trauma, Addiction, Rock-Bottom and Recovery · Follow Dave on Twitter at @FallInPodcast 
58:14
May 27, 2021
What’s Trending? Gambling and Gaming Convergence- S2E3
Julie and Tana discuss the current trends in gaming and gambling convergence, including loot boxes and other monetization strategies within video games. They discuss a 2021 report from GambleAware (linked below) which reviews evidence that links loot boxes to problem gambling and problem video gaming, and provides recommendations for future policy. They discuss what video game warning labels mean, and how that might change if loot boxes start being regulated as gambling. They also talk a lot about food. Note: After recording this episode, Big Fish Customer Support was contacted about their self-exclusion process to find out if their website developers could make it more stream-lined, and they replied “we are continually looking to improve our procedures and we will raise this with our RG team for further consideration.” They have Responsible Play guidelines on their website and have been invited to participate in a podcast on responsible play and limit setting for apps. Referenced in this episode: Lifting the Lid on Loot-Boxes: Chance-Based Purchases in Video Games and the Convergence of Gaming and Gambling (2021) https://www.begambleaware.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Gaming_and_Gambling_Report_Final.pdf Video game PEGI labels: What do the labels mean? https://pegi.info/what-do-the-labels-mean GameQuitters: https://www.gamequitters.com Big Fish Responsible Play and Self-Exclusion Policy: https://www.bigfishgames.com/game/big-fish-casino/help/categories/360004306554-Responsible-Play/ Peeps Research: http://www.peepresearch.org/
56:25
April 29, 2021
What is GameSense? - S2E2
Guests on this episode are Amy Gabrila and Ray Fluette, two supervisors with Massachusetts GameSense, a program licensed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and operated by the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health. Amy and Ray’s workplaces are actually inside of two Massachusetts casinos. In this episode, they share how GameSense educates casino patrons and community members on myths and facts of gambling games, shares ways to play responsibly, and helps them access resources when gambling starts to cause problems. Learn more about the Massachusetts GameSense program at: https://gamesensema.com/
38:49
March 25, 2021
Problem Gambling Awareness Month Snippet
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (#PGAM) Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is a time to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services, as well as to encourage healthcare providers to screen their clients for problem gambling and to make referrals for help services. Learn more about PGAM and what's happening in Oregon, Washington, and around the US. In Oregon visit: Oregon Council on Problem Gambling: https://oregoncpg.org/problem-gambling-awareness-month/ In Washington state: Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling: https://www.evergreencpg.org/pgam-2021/ Around the US: National Council on Problem Gambling: https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/programs/pgam/ Stay tuned for our next episode launching on March 25, 2021! Subscribe and follow now so you wont miss an episode.
05:50
March 15, 2021
Just Breathe - S2E1
In this episode we interview Dr. Deborah Haskins, President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and leader in social justice and equality advocacy work. Standing tall not just in height at 6’2”, Dr. Haskins is one of the truest advocates for Black voices in the problem gambling field and longtime advocate for integrating cultural diversity into mental health services. We could listen to Dr. Haskins for days, and hope you enjoy this longer episode as we cover issues such as the more recent “pressure cooker” of racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, trauma, burnout from social justice work, and how the pandemic has changed how we must advocate and take care of ourselves. As Dr. Haskins says, “All we’re really required to do, honestly, is breathe.” Visit www.drdeborahhaskins.com for more info on her work. Resources recommended by Dr. Haskins • “A New Framework for Addressing Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences: The Building Community Resilience Model (Wendy Ellis & William Dietz, 2017): https://www.academicpedsjnl.net/article/S1876-2859(16)30552-6/pdf • “Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us” (Justin Michael Williams, 2020) • “My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” (Resmaa Menakem, 2017) – New York Times bestseller • “Healing Racial Trauma”  (Sheila Wise Rowe, 2020)—“This is a Christian-based book but she includes reflection questions that can fit for any audience or you can skip over the faith based questions. It is written for practitioners.”
55:47
February 25, 2021
Recap of 2020 - Part 2 - S1E6
We interview Dr. Timothy Fong, Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship.  We are also honored to be joined by Dr. Lori Rugle, who prefers to be introduced as a white privileged, boomer generation, cisgendered, heterosexual, Buddhist woman of biological and adoptive eastern European ancestry who currently lives on the ancestral land of the Erie and Iroquois people, and she also has over 36 years working with problem gambling. We look back on 2020 with a bag full of mixed emotions.  Tune in for a discussion on how the pandemic has directly, and indirectly, impacted the mental and behavioral health of a huge population, changed how people gamble and who gambles.  We also look at how the pandemic has closed some doors, while opening others, added some barriers, and pushed both individuals and agencies to break down barriers that should have been broken down years ago. This interview is broken into two parts, episodes 5 and 6. We hope you enjoy! As well as find some healing from it.
35:54
December 28, 2020
Recap of 2020 - Part 1 - S1E5
We interview Dr. Timothy Fong, Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship.  We are also honored to be joined by Dr. Lori Rugle, who prefers to be introduced as a white privileged, boomer generation, cisgendered, heterosexual, Buddhist woman of biological and adoptive eastern European ancestry who currently lives on the ancestral land of the Erie and Iroquois people, and she also has over 36 years working with problem gambling. We look back on 2020 with a bag full of mixed emotions.  Tune in for a discussion on how the pandemic has directly, and indirectly, impacted the mental and behavioral health of a huge population, changed how people gamble and who gambles.  We also look at how the pandemic has closed some doors, while opening others, added some barriers, and pushed both individuals and agencies to break down barriers that should have been broken down years ago. This interview is broken into two parts, episodes 5 and 6. We hope you enjoy! As well as find some healing from it.
33:11
December 28, 2020
Getting Ready to Recap 2020
Join us next week as hosts Tana Russell and Julie Hynes recap 2020 with guests Dr. Lori Rugle, has over 36 years working with problem gambling, and Dr. Timothy Fong, Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship.  Together they look back on 2020 with a bag full of mixed emotions.  Tune in for a discussion on how the pandemic has directly, and indirectly, impacted the mental and behavioral health of a huge population, changed how people gamble and who gambles.  We also look at how the pandemic has closed some doors, while opening others, added some barriers, and pushed both individuals and agencies to break down barriers that should have been broken down years ago. The interview will be broken into two parts, episodes 5 and 6. We hope you tune it for great conversation!
01:16
December 18, 2020
Recovering from Video Gaming Addiction - S1E4
We interview Jon, a successful graduate of the residential treatment program at reSTART Life, a center specializing in Behavioral Addictions and co-occurring conditions such as video gaming, compulsive tech use, gambling and more.  He talks to us about how his video game play started at a young age, turned into gambling inside video games, progressed through his teens and ended after one of the worst years of his addiction, when he finally found treatment that addressed “the tech side of things.” Find out what he did to be successful not only with staying game-free for the past 3 years, but managing healthy tech and screen use throughout his daily routines.  We hope that you will be inspired, as we were, and find hope. Find out more about treatment and recovery support for video game addiction and more at: reSTART Life at restartlife.com; gamequitters.com; Online Gamers Anonymous at olganon.org; and Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous at internetaddictsanonymous.org. Find more resources in our Recovering from Video Gaming blog post.
40:26
November 30, 2020
Gambling Recovery Coast-to-Coast - Part 2 - S1E3
We catch up with Brain Hatch and Jeff Wasserman from All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast who provide insight into what they have learned over several years of interviewing guests from across the nation and beyond. Together with host’s Tana Russell and Julie Hynes they discuss passions, podcasts and lessons learned from the world of gambling recovery. To make sure we can keep our podcasts easy to digest, and make sure you don’t miss out on any of this great conversation, we’ve broken this episode into two parts so you can listen easily at your leisure. Find All In: he Addicted Gambler's Podcast on Spotify and other popular platforms: https://open.spotify.com/show/3YJVMZhsHlrQq3PKf6p7mo Reach out to Brian and Jeff at: leestreetpod@gmail.com
20:30
October 29, 2020
Gambling Recovery Coast-to-Coast - Part 1 - S1E2
We catch up with Brain Hatch and Jeff Wasserman from All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast who provide insight into what they have learned over several years of interviewing guests from across the nation and beyond. Together with host’s Tana Russell and Julie Hynes they discuss passions, podcasts and lessons learned from the world of gambling recovery. To make sure we can keep our podcasts easy to digest, and make sure you don’t miss out on any of this great conversation, we’ve broken this episode into two parts so you can listen easily at your leisure. Find All In: he Addicted Gambler's Podcast on Spotify and other popular platforms: https://open.spotify.com/show/3YJVMZhsHlrQq3PKf6p7mo Reach out to Brian and Jeff at: leestreetpod@gmail.com
40:40
October 27, 2020
Beginnings - S1E1
Welcome Maureen Greeley, Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, and Jeff Marrotta, board member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as they tell us about the histories and missions of the Councils, as well as some fun facts you've probably never heard.  You'll also get to know the co-hosts of the podcast, and find out how Julie and Tana came into their current positions with the councils, and hear about some rather interesting quirks of theirs.
45:45
September 29, 2020