Families and gambling: Helping parents and improving outcomes for children

Families and gambling: Helping parents and improving outcomes for children

Monya Murch, Rebecca Jenkinson and Christine
14 October 2020

This webinar will explore how practitioners working with families experiencing gambling harm can support parents to further improve outcomes for themselves and their children.

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14 October 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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Clinical work, research and lived experience all show that parents’ gambling behaviour can have unintended impacts on children and others close to them. Referred to as gambling-related harm, these impacts can be physiological, psychological, social and relational.

Practitioners working in health, education and social and community services may encounter families experiencing gambling-related harm alongside a range of other complex circumstances. This can create uncertainty about how to practice in ways that also support the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

Drawing on lived experiences of gambling-related harm and the expertise of professionals working with families and children, this webinar will explore:

  • the links between gambling-related harm and other adversities
  • the adverse impacts of shame, stigma and stereotypes associated with gambling-related harm on parents, their parenting, and their children’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • how practitioners can support parents in ways that offer an alternative to shame and stigma to further improve outcomes for them and their children.

This webinar will interest professionals working with parents in health, education, social and community service settings where gambling adversely affects their parenting and their children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

We encourage you test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.


This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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About the presenters

Monya Murch

Monya Murch is a psychotherapist who works for the Gambling Help Service at Relationships Australia in Adelaide. Monya has specialist training in addiction, trauma-informed practice, and perinatal mental health, which she brings to her work in supporting families affected by gambling.

Rebecca Jenkinson

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson is a Senior Research Fellow (Gambling, Alcohol and Other Drugs) and Manager of the Australian Gambling Research Centre at AIFS. She also holds an Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow position in the Behaviours and Health Risks Program at the Burnet Institute, and an Adjunct Lecturer position in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Christine

Born in Macedonia, Christine’s heritage remains important to her, including her language for communicating with family and community elders, folk music and dancing and Macedonian food. Christine is a survivor of many challenges, including becoming homeless due to her husbands’ substance use and gambling behaviour which coincided with her own health and gambling challenges. Her journey to being a Consumer Voice Speaker has helped her to heal and share her understandings of the impact of gambling harm including experiences of shame and how pervasive it is.

Register for this free event

14 October 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
Online
Register to attend