Pre Conference Learning Session

Wednesday June 15

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Dr. Ballon

Title: Crisis in Cyberspace: The Dangers of Online Gambling and Gaming Sponsored by Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario

Presenter: Dr. Bruce Ballon – Associate Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences

An interactive discussion on online gambling and gaming, overt and covert, and its impact on mental health. Technology has allowed easier and quicker access and exposure to numerous elements that can create behavioural issues for the vulnerable. Explore the common issues and the practical approaches for tackling this growing problem in healthcare.

Learners will be introduced to the core concepts of:
1) Understanding ways the online world intersects with the physical one
2) Identifying gambling overtly and hidden in various gaming apps and programs
3) Dealing with the acute and the chronic clinical issues of those with problematic behaviours of gambling and gaming

Dr. Ballon is an Academic Educator for the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ballon has received numerous national and international awards and peer-reviewed grants for his work in medical simulation, addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, education, the humanities, and his writing. His training includes a B.Sc. in Genetics, his M.D., a Psychiatry Specialist degree and two fellowships: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He has also received an Education Scholars Program certification.

As Director of Education for SIM-one (the Simulation Network of Ontario), which encompasses all the health centres and training programs in Ontario, Dr. Ballon has designed numerous workshops, events, expositions, certification programs and more for advancing the uptake and innovation of simulation across healthcare. In this role he promotes the embedding of inter professionalism and patient safety in education and training.

He is the lead developer and lead of the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services (ACES) for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also an illusionist who has presented at Stratford and other illustrious venues across the globe, using magic and mentalism to educate on issues regarding mental health and addiction.