Ms. Sara Marchese
Team Lead, Clinical Manager –
Professional Services, Morneau Shepell
Ms. Sara Marchese obtained her bachelor of arts in psychology and master of arts in counselling psychology from McGill University. Ms. Marchese began providing clinical support services over 20 years ago, and has worked specifically with addressing addictions throughout her years both as a clinical provider and in program management roles. As team lead of clinical manager in professional services, Ms. Marchese is responsible for overseeing the operation of Morneau Shepell’s responsible gambling initiatives and services across Canada, as well as the development and implementation of addiction-related training and clinical protocols for a number of national and US-based organizations for whom they provide Employee and Family Assistance Program services.
The Gaming Industry: A Strategic Plan for Mitigating Gambling-Related Harm & Enhancing Employee and Workplace Wellness
Co-Presented with Mr. JP Girard
This session asserts the critical role of the workplace environment in the development and possible exacerbation towards gambling-related harm for Casino employees and their family members. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the connection between the casino and gaming environment and a higher prevalence of problem and pathological gambling amongst casino and gaming site employees. The association between problem gambling and incidence of physical and mental health issues for individuals and the cross-generational impact of problem gambling within families has been well established.
Morneau Shepell proposes a model of care and partnership with casino and gaming industry employers which will maximize the effectiveness of mental health initiatives to increase awareness and encourage help-seeking behaviours within this affected group. The benefits of a systematic and targeted approach are wide-ranging, positioning casino and gaming industry employers to be leaders in innovative solutions within their industry and communities.