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The Responsible Gambling Council is delighted to announce the addition of three complimentary hands-on learning sessions to this year’s Discovery conference. Register today to secure your spot as space is limited.



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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Tour of Ceremonial Grounds (Limit of 20 spaces)


Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (plus travel time)
Location: CAMH
Conference Registration opens at 12:00 pm, Lower Lobby, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Please register prior to attending session.

Cynthia White, Traditional Healer working in Aboriginal Services at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will lead participants in a one-hour tour of Centre for Addictions and Mental Health Aboriginal Service and Ceremonial Grounds.

The Aboriginal Service of the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health provides culturally appropriate clinical and educational services in partnership with the Aboriginal community and other stakeholders, by using a holistic approach based on Aboriginal values, beliefs and tradition. Clinical services are offered by Social Workers, an Occupational Therapist and a Traditional Healer.


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Making Connections with Problem Gambling Workshop (Limit of 20)


Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Bay Room, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
Conference Registration opens at 12:00 pm, Lower Lobby, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Please register prior to attending session.

Steve Chiasson is the Lead Problem Gambling Counsellor at Lakeridge Health's Pinewood Centre, where he has been providing addiction-related counselling services for 25 years. Steve has developed a comprehensive model for the treatment of problem gambling, his specialty for the past 21 years. He facilitates workshops on many addiction-related topics, as well as Mindfulness Mediation group practice.

The Making Connections with Problem Gambling workshop will introduce a powerful new tool for problem gambling treatment providers and prevention specialists. The Connections program was empirically assessed and the study reported promising findings (Connections Therapy: An Assessment of a New Treatment Program for Disordered Gamblers Kim, H. S, & Wohl, M. J. A. 2017). This workshop will review the clinical underpinnings of the program as well as selected content. At the core of the program is the innovative use of visual representations/depictions of clinical concepts and experiential exercises. Another unique aspect of the program is how the experience of cognitive distortions are understood and normalized. Connections can be delivered on an individual or group format, and is equally effective with mandated clients, couples and with concerned significant others. The program is four modules of 1 1/2 hours each, however selected content can be used to enhance individual clinical discussions.


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Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Tour of Gaming Lab (Limit of 10 spaces) FULL


Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (plus travel time)
Location: AGCO
Meet in Hotel Lobby at 1:00 pm to travel off site to AGCO
Conference Registration opens at 12:00 pm, Lower Lobby, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Please register prior to attending session.

The AGCO Technical and Laboratory Services Branch conducts technical and regulatory assessments and testing of gaming equipment and systems against the Registrar’s Technical Standards and applicable Registrar’s Standards to ensure their technical integrity, safety, security, and accounting capability. This work is performed by a team of highly qualified and experienced experts in an in-house lab that is accredited to the international standard ISO 17025:2005, which is considered the international benchmark for excellence in testing laboratories. Participants will enjoy a behind the scenes look at the lab and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Important Details about the Sessions

Space is limited and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Now

You must be a Discovery delegate, and be registered at the conference hotel between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on Tuesday April 10 to attend. Casual, comfortable clothing including walking boots/shoes is appropriate for the off-site sessions, and be prepared to travel with an RGC guide a short distance that includes some walking, and local transit.

We respectfully request that you do not sign up if you cannot commit to attending the session, so that we can allow others to attend. Thank you.

Opening Reception

We also want to extend a warm invitation to all Discovery delegates to join us at the Opening Reception on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. RGC is pleased to host a complimentary non-alcoholic bar as well as some light refreshments to welcome you to Discovery 2018. We hope to see you there!

For more information please email RobinW@rgco.org