Dr. Ken Winters
Department of Psychiatry,
University of Minnesota
Dr. Ken Winters is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a senior scientist with the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Winters received his BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including drug abuse and problem gambling.
Dr. Winters is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gambling Studies as well as the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. He has received numerous problem gambling research grants from the State of Minnesota and the Institute on Problem Gambling and Related Disorders, and was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, The Partnership at DrugFree.Org, the Mentor Foundation, and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, for whom he is the chair of its Science Advisory Board.
SBIRT to Address Problem Gambling
Although a range of evidence-based treatment approaches and strategies exist for problem gamblers, locally available treatment services for this problem are more the exception than the rule. Many problem gamblers do not have readily accessible treatment in their local community.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a promising counselling response that may help to address this service gap and that has high potential for application for problem gamblers. SBIRT approaches include screening for problems associated with gambling; a motivational prelude to engagement and participation in a behaviour change process; and when response is inadequate, a referral for more specialized treatment. Existing SBIRT and SBIRT-like models for problem gamblers will be reviewed and common elements across them identified. The potential and challenges for this model to be utilized by a wide-range of service providers will also be discussed.