29th May 2020 | By contenteditor The link between trauma and addiction Topics: People Cognitive behavioural therapist Paul Dent discusses the importance of tackling past trauma in the treatment of gambling addiction.With the 50th anniversary of the first residential treatment programme for gambling addicts coming in 2021, the Gordon Moody Association (GMA) has gone from strength to strength in the intervening period, now offering five distinct programmes.The male residential treatment programme offers two unique specialist centres providing an intensive treatment for gamblers most at risk. Previous research has shown that this group often demonstrate psychopathological and psychosocial problems with 80-95% never having obtained formal support for their problems.Treatment is only sought when they have failed outpatient programmes or require a greater level of care than can be provided in the community. With this in mind, GMA has collaborated with the University of East London and University of Lincoln, key research institutions in the field of gambling and addiction. A number of joint studies have been undertaken to investigate the characteristics of those entering and leaving the programme over a 15-year period.The most recent study (Roberts et al, 2019) set out to identify any significant predictors and evaluate any differences between voluntary and enforced withdrawal. One of the key findings was that those suffering from a high incidence of childhood maltreatment, trauma or abuse were more likely to leave the programme prematurely.These early experiences may affect the ability to sustain trusting relationships with other individuals, possibly in this case the therapist. This is in keeping with other previous research (Melville et al 2007) which highlighted a need to tailor treatment that specifically targets the effects of stress and early trauma.This could have wider implications for treatment providers and operators, as early identification could lead to different strategies in how to interact with disordered gamblers.In response to these findings, therapists at GMA attended a workshop on complex trauma. They were introduced to the stages and implementation of the Tri-Phasic Trauma Recovery Model (Herman, 1992). This has a natural resonance with the programme at GMA where the residents first undergo stabilisation to regain internal and external control.The programme is psycho-educative in nature and is designed to teach the client about their symptoms: how to recognise and anticipate them, what they mean and how to manage them. It also deals with decreasing the client’s shame and confusion, as well as normalising certain behaviours, especially if the language used is empathic and empowering.Victim to survivor The importance of decreasing shame cannot be emphasised enough – a significant factor in stabilisation is the gradual redefining of the client’s role from that of victim to that of survivor.There then follows the more difficult phase of addressing past traumas, reconstructing and processing memories so they no longer disrupt normal life. As was indicated in research by Sharman et al (2019) on 768 gamblers attending GMA between 2000 and 2015, early-age onset was an indicator of gambling severity.Early-age onset gamblers were more likely to have committed unreported crimes, abused drugs and solvents and to have a parent with a gambling problem. They were more likely to be verbally aggressive and less likely to report a positive childhood experience.This type of work needs to be addressed with care and by staff qualified and experienced in trauma. Long-buried memories can resurface which can present as PTSD that the client may have spent many years compartmentalising. Indeed, gambling may well be just the coping mechanism to deal with previous negative experiences. This has to be dealt with in a sensitive, timely and considerate manner, particularly in a group setting.The final phase is about reconnecting and reintegrating with society, redefining oneself in the context of meaningful relationships. This final stage cannot be underestimated as many who attend the programme will be returning to relationships and hopefully some form of employment.This is supported by Abbott (2020) who in advocating a public health and policy approach, thereby questioning the effectiveness of responsible gambling, highlights that the burden of harm is mainly due to financial problems and damage to relationships.Abbott advocates a strong focus on reducing exposure to more toxic forms of gambling as well as increasing the availability of interventions to assist at-risk and disordered gamblers to prevent relapses. GMA, in continuing the reintegration through its outreach support, provides an invaluable stepping-stone, not only back into the community and familial home, but providing support in the many months and years afterwards when relapse is always possible.While there is a growing number of studies linking trauma, addiction and gambling, there is scope for further research to test the validity of this specific model, particularly with a new approach. Abbott (2019) highlights the importance of well-designed studies to increase the understanding of therapeutic mechanisms, to enhance client retention and meet individual patient needs. Comparisons could assist in developing cost-effective stepped care services with further attention to long-term follow-up and assessing ways to prevent and manage relapse.Indeed, novel coronavirus (Covid-19), changes in regulation and the ongoing shift to online gambling has forced everyone to reflect on how they deliver, operate and manage their staff.Early on, GMA recognised that the current crisis would hit the client base hard. Being some of the most vulnerable in society, the decision was taken to expand support and make a shift from reactive to proactive when it came to contact with the extended service user community.Additional groups have been added to outreach support using both VOIP and text-based interventions with more people than ever engaging with GMA. Regular remote support for people waiting to access treatment but unable to do so has been set up, and interventions weekly via phone, email and VOIP now number in the hundreds.Although the number of requests to take in new residents has been stable, there has been an increase in contact with ex-residents, friends and family during this difficult time, with experienced therapists on hand to offer both practical and emotional support.With these measures in place, GMA has made sure that everyone in need of support has been able to access the services they require.Perfect storm Covid-19 has created the perfect storm of boredom, financial constraint and isolation that many have predicted will cause a surge in global online gambling. This presents an opportunity for operators but also a new global responsibility to culturally diverse gamblers who will often be using their services across international borders.Many countries have little or no support available for disordered gamblers, leaving vulnerable people with few places to turn for help if they begin to struggle. GMA, through its online provision, may well be the only service available for these people. Therefore, the medium-term goal is to move towards providing 24-hour multilingual support in line with global nature of the industry.GMA will continue to be part of the conversation as to how and when to provide effective interventions to those who may be struggling. A pilot project has already been completed looking at how clinical skills and knowledge can be shared, particularly in the area of complex calls such as suicide. Among other things, the project examined the effectiveness of the responsible gambling message. Is it just a smokescreen? Should a more public health approach be taken, looking to intervene at a higher level where ultimately the costs are borne?Looking to the future, GMA has an excellent track record and legacy of supporting people, which it will continue to build on. At the heart of this, residential support will be offered in more places. This will be driven by continuing to raise awareness of the charity, as well as through partnerships and property purchases where appropriate.The retreat and counselling programme demonstrates how it is possible to combine a model of one-to-one with virtual support and will continue to develop to reach those who need it. A new centre of excellence will be created to provide thought leadership to the therapy sector and to help develop the workforce of the future.This cannot be done in isolation. There will continue to be collaboration with the gambling and addiction sector to create a system that can help those most requiring help, at the time of demand, in the right place, with the support that’s right for them.Paul Dent is clinical manager for gambling therapy at the Gordon Moody Association. He supervises the remote team who provide global online support to problem gamblers and affected others. Paul is an experienced trauma and addiction psychodynamic and CBT therapist. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Cognitive behavioural therapist Paul Dent discusses the importance of tackling past trauma in the treatment of gambling addiction People Email Address
Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2007 abridged results.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) 2007 abridged results.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange
Beta Glass Company (BETAGL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Beta Glass Company (BETAGL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Beta Glass Company (BETAGL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Beta Glass Company (BETAGL.ng) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileBeta Glass Company Plc manufactures, distributes and sells glassware for the local market in Nigeria and for international export. The company supplies glass bottles and containers to the soft drinks, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors in Nigeria as well as exports to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritius, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Beta Glass Company has manufacturing plants in Agbara Ogun state and in Ughelli Delta state. The company is a subsidiary of Frigoglass Industries Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Beta Glass Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Yet as it stands they remain the highly prized scalp of an already fascinating competition, and one that will require huge effort to take. Ireland need to drastically improve, England are looking steady, but France need only to remain focussed.What do you think of Dan’s views on the RBS 6 Nations? Let us know in the Comments box below. By Rugby World reader Dan GroseFrance the team to beat after intriguing Six Nations opener Whilst the final scores may indicate otherwise, the opening round of the 2011 Six Nations Championship was far from predictable. Despite their wins, England, Ireland and France were all made to work for their supper, some much harder than others.Few would have predicted the almighty struggle in store for the Irish ahead of their trip to the Stadio Flaminio, yet only a last minute drop goal stood between them and a potentially embarrassing result.Heading to Rome with a squad decimated by injury, Ireland fumbled through an error ridden first half and were fortunate to be only 6 – 3 down at the break. In a typically physical match, Italian defence held firm throughout the second half, breached only by an O’Driscoll try on 44 minutes. Yet a Luke McLean repost ensured a nervous finish only quelled by replacement O’Gara in the dying seconds.Missing the likes of Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney to name but a few, an opening tie against a tough tackling Italian side was always going to prove a potential banana skin. Uncharacteristically shaky performances from talisman Brian O’Driscoll and midfield partner Gordon D’Arcy must be addressed and then improved upon, as should the consistent wastefulness with ball in hand. Indeed, unless Ireland significantly reduce the unforced errors, their hopes of winning the championship will disappear before they have even started.In contrast, a tough Welsh challenge was eventually put to the sword by an England side missing key players but lacking little in heart.With inspirational trio Courteney Lawes, Tom Croft and captain Lewis Moody missing, the visitors were expected to have to work hard for a victory. This proved accurate as a highly talked up pre match gave way to an explosive game, with both teams contributing to an intensely physical contest. After Chris Ashton’s well taken try and a trio of penalties, the second half proved full of incident, with Welsh prop Craig Mitchell matching Louis Deacon with ten minutes in the sin bin. Resolute attacking from England saw Ashton cross again, but a Morgan Stoddart try and a James Hook penalty brought the scores to 19 – 23 before replacement Jonny Wilkinson put the result beyond doubt with a cooly taken penalty.Despite the key absences, England have every right to be proud of a well deserved, if not totally perfect, victory. Special mentions must go to Tom Palmer for a dominating line out display and, once again, the ever impressive Ashton, despite his manager’s criticisms. Developing with every game, the wing is thriving in a settled three quarters, something that will prove crucial to England’s chances of claiming the championship. And with the dynamic Moody due back before it’s climax, Martin Johnson must believe there is every chance of victory.Yet after an opening performance of typical style and panache, France already look a threat to any side.Against a much improved Scotland team, Les Bleus landed four tries and a penalty to run out comfortable 34 – 21 winners. Despite the visitors notching three rare tries of their own, the French never looked like losing a match that showcased every facet of their skills and silenced many of their critics.Boasting arguably the most reliable line out in world rugby to compliment a back line brimming with talent, they certainly have what it takes, on paper, to win consecutive Grand Slams. With Harinordoquy, Dusatoir, Traille and Rougerie they have but a few names to potentially devastate opponents, notwithstanding the growing talents of Francois Trinh-Duc and Maxime Medard.Indeed France may forego a second clean sweep thanks only to their own mindset. Notoriously prone to bouts of Gallic indifference and fabled bad travellers, consecutive trips to Ireland, England and Italy could prove their stumbling only block. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 May 2001 | News E-mail discussion list for gay and lesbian fundraisers 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Find out more about the list and review UK Fundraising’s directory of e-mail discussion lists for fundraisers. Fundraisers is a new e-mail discussion list for gay and lesbian fundraisers. It has been set up for “Gay and Lesbian Fundraising Professionals, Fundraisers for Gay, Lesbian, AIDS and other related organizations, and Fundraising professionals who support the work of organizations in the lesbian and gay community and related communities.”Fundraisers is a new e-mail discussion list for gay and lesbian fundraisers. It has been set up for “Gay and Lesbian Fundraising Professionals, Fundraisers for Gay, Lesbian, AIDS and other related organizations, and Fundraising professionals who support the work of organizations in the lesbian and gay community and related communities.”Created in March 2001 the list has over 150 subscribers from several countries. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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Baltimore’s Black trans community and allies came together to hold a “Baltimore TransUprising” march and rally on July 24. They demanded full rights and respect for the transgender community in Baltimore, the day before Baltimore’s Pride parade. Organizers emphasized that transgender women and men are a part of the history, the present and the future of Baltimore and will no longer be marginalized or silenced by fear and hate.More than 200 people came out to express their solidarity and support for transgender rights. The idea of the title #Baltimore TransUprising was the brainchild of transgender activist Bryanna A. Jenkins, who participated in the Baltimore uprising around Freddie Grey but felt that the trans community was not fully accepted and so decided to bring more attention and awareness to the transgender community.The marchers gathered at North Avenue and Charles Street, in a neighborhood where many members of Baltimore’s transgender community live. They marched for about a mile to Baltimore’s Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon, the center of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community, where a rally was held. The march and rally were sponsored by Sistas of the T; the Baltimore Transgender Alliance; and Black Transmen, Inc.-Maryland/DC. The People’s Power Assembly participated in the march and carried signs that read “Black Trans Lives Matter — Say her name: India Clark,” a transgender woman killed in Tampa, Fla., in July. Speakers at the rally included Merrick Moise, Dionne Halsey, Dane Edidi, Tyler Vile, Danielle Revlon and Monica Stevens.Bryanna A. Jenkins read off a list of 14 demands, excerpted here:An investigation into the death of Mya HallAn end to the police brutality and police profiling of transgender people of BaltimoreThat every cold case involving the murder of a transgender person be reopened and solvedIntentional efforts to reduce the recidivism rate among transgender people in the prison systemThat jobs be set aside for members of Baltimore’s transgender communityFunding for a homeless shelter for LGBTQ individuals in BaltimoreThat cases referred to the Commission of Civil Rights involving discrimination at the workplace be pursued with the utmost importance and urgencyThat any hospital or clinic providing medical services to transgender people be competent and non-discriminatory in their treatment towards usHealth care that is trans-specific and trans–inclusiveThat initiatives be put in place, with various grants to support these initiatives, to set aside vacant houses for LGBTQ people of color so they can own their own homes in the citiesThat LGBTQ children in Baltimore schools be protected from bullying and harassmentThat the city of Baltimore set money aside for a mural to honor the lives of transgender people that we have lost in this city, so that they are never forgottenThat our allies use their privilege to interrupt patterns of transphobia, homophobia, violence and hate whenever they happen, whether someone LGBTQ-identified is in the room or notThat when you are working to meet the rest of our demands, you intentionally include us at the table, particularly trans women of color, so that you are making policy with us and not just for usJenkins asked the crowd to save the date of Nov. 20, when the Baltimore Transgender Alliance will host a Transgender March of Resilience at Baltimore City Hall. There we will see how the city has met our demands and honor our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.Photo: July 24, Baltimore.Credit: Sharon BlackFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
TAGS Modzy Research Reveals Challenges and Opportunities with AI Implementation in 2021 and Beyond WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook Pinterest BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Modzy, a leading enterprise artificial intelligence platform, today published “ The Race Towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) Adoption ” – a report highlighting key challenges and opportunities of AI adoption. In the next few years, many organizations will reach an inflection point for their AI technology programs. With 80% of decision-makers suggesting they will increase AI investment in the next 1-2 years, pressure will grow to demonstrate greater progress and value. But AI technologies will only achieve potential if organizations can integrate greater explainability, trust and security. “2021 will be the year when those implementing AI will start achieving value at scale, while those spending months training brittle models and failing to catch up will be at an increasing, exponential, disadvantage,” said Josh Sullivan, head of Modzy. “Effective AI can drive an organization’s success by harnessing this powerful technology, but adoption begins with a fundamental shift in thinking and approach in order to overcome complexity obstacles.” To underscore urgency, Modzy surveyed nearly 1,000 AI decision-makers at commercial enterprises and government agencies in the U.S. between October and November 2020. The survey gauged how organizations are investing in AI, benefits and barriers, and how respondents view the future of AI and its impact on their work. Key findings include: Decision-makers are already experiencing the value of AI and expect a bright future A majority (66%) of respondents are already experiencing significant value from their AI technologies, including increased profit and revenue, and accelerated progress towards goals. Big data is driving AI success – but remains a roadblock for many organizations The most common way organizations are utilizing and benefiting from AI is by analyzing large data sets and identifying patterns. However, many decision-makers say their organization either currently lacks important data inputs (49%) or is missing a clear strategy for acquiring and accessing data (42%). Challenges of AI: Lack of explainability and trust A majority (64%) of respondents say employees in their organization do not trust or understand AI-enabled recommendations. 59% say even data scientists do not fully understand how some algorithms work. This lack of trust is a top challenge for organizations adopting AI and underscores the fundamental need for explainability. Security and ethics are paramount There is a growing awareness of the importance of security and ethics considerations (e.g., privacy, data rights, bias and transparency) in AI development and applications. 72% of respondents have reported experiencing security breaches or threats to their AI systems and majority (90%) of decision-makers identify strong security features as a top priority in evaluating or purchasing AI technologies. 89% of respondents say that privacy and data rights are important when deploying AI. You can read all the findings in Modzy’s “The Race Towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) Adoption” report. About Modzy Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Modzy is the leading enterprise platform to secure, govern, and deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) models. Modzy helps government and private-sector customers meet the challenge of operationalizing AI by enabling rapid deployment, management and governance of trusted AI. Modzy’s platform leverages embedded security, patent-pending adversarial defense, explainability of model predictions, and governance features to help customers easily manage and quickly benefit from their AI investments at enterprise scale. Modzy offers choice with ready-to-deploy pre-trained and trainable AI models from leading companies and open source communities. Modzy accelerates the deployment of trustworthy AI while increasing transparency, lowering the barriers to adopting and scaling AI. To learn more visit www.Modzy.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005238/en/ CONTACT: Joseph Campbell [email protected] 703-377-4422 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MARYLAND INDUSTRY KEYWORD: NETWORKS INTERNET DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: Modzy Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/24/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005238/en Previous articleKBKG Welcomes Two New Directors to Atlanta-Based OperationNext articleAMP Global Is Re-centering Africa as a Global Hub for Technology and Entertainment Digital AIM Web Support
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