Webinar: Sports Gambling: A Risky Game for Teenagers



Start Time

10:00 am

End Time

11:30 am

About the Event

Date: September 11, 2024    Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Cost: $20.00   CEU Hours: 1.5

New “Problem Gamblers” are emerging – high school students.  Teenagers are often seen as impulsive, poor decision makers, sensation seekers and risk-takers.  In fact, parts of their brains needed for good, reasonable decision making may have not yet been fully developed.  Personal life experiences, including impacts of peers, may increase or decrease the engagement of teenagers in risky behaviors.  Gambling, especially Sports Gambling, may be the trigger to a rise of gambling among teenagers.  60% to 80% of high school students report having gambled for money in the past year (NCPG) and 4-6% are considered to be Problem Gamblers.  This presentation will discuss why Sports Gambling is Definitely a Risky Game for Teenagers.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify and discuss multiple factors behind teenagers’ involvement in gambling, including sports gambling, and how these factors may influence this involvement.
  2. Discuss and explain multiple risks of teenage gambling and how Sports Gambling may increase these risks for some teenagers.
  3. Identify and utilize red flags, assessment techniques and evidence-based screening tools with Teenagers and Sports Gambling to aid in identifying teenagers that exhibit risk factors for gambling problems.


Presenter Biography

Douglas S. LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, IGDC , CEAP is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, International Gaming Disorder Certificate, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.  He has over 37 years of experience as an EAP Administrator, EAP and Private Practice Clinician, Trainer and Presenter plus 16 years of experience with a Major Insurance Corporation.  Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorders, Gambling/Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming/Gaming Disorder.

He is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter and Trainer with in-depth expertise in EAP, Gambling/Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming/Gaming Disorder and multiple Web3 related Clinical issues.

Continuing Education Units applied for: 

Social Workers
WI Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services

No refunds.