This training for Juvenile Probation Officers will focus on youth gambling behaviors and the intersection with the Criminal Justice System. Gambling is a normative and pervasive activity within our culture, and young people not only participate in gambling activities at high rates but they have twice the rate of gambling problems as adults. Most often gambling occurs along with other risk activities such as substance use and truancy, and youth who gamble are more likely to be depressed and anxious. By nature of their brain development, youth are drawn into gambling activities and often unable to disengage from them. Unrecognized and untreated gambling problems complicate compliance and often delay recovery from other disorders. This training will include: prevalence and trends, current treatment and prevention initiatives, and how to work with your program to become "gambling informed".
1. Explain the role of adolescent brain development in relation to risky behaviors;
2. Identify a minimum of three risk and protective factors;
3. Discuss two (2) features in gaming that resemble gambling;
4. Identify two "next steps" in adapting information provided to existing practice.