Stacked Deck

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is excited to offer the Stacked Deck problem gambling prevention program to Integrated Provider Network (IPN) prevention contractors.

Stacked Deck: A Program to Prevent Problem Gambling is the only curriculum proven effective in changing youth gambling behaviors. Stacked Deck explores how adolescents who gamble online and in their communities often have little to no awareness that gambling can become an addiction. Participants will discuss how limited understanding of technology may be shaping the human experience, such as by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to create persuasive messages to keep people online and engaged. Coupling the Pandemic with the legalization of sports betting and various forms of online betting, emphasizing the importance of addressing the public health concern of youth problem gambling is a priority.

Prevention Specialists participating in Stacked Deck will learn how adolescents that experience problems with gambling may also be dealing with co-occurring needs such as Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) that includes gaming, social media, pornography, and information seeking on the internet. This training will help Prevention Specialists understand the importance of discussing shared risk and protective factors from a Bio-Psycho-Social Plus framework that now includes technology and how to get buy-in from stakeholders.

The population of focus for this training is anyone providing direct prevention services and prevention supervisors funded through the IPN grant

After completing the training, the participant will be able to:


  • Identify risk and protective factors for developing and preventing problem gambling and PIMU
  • Describe the impact gambling and digital media can have on adolescents
  • Identify legal gambling, illegal gambling, and unregulated gray area gambling
  • Understand specific prevention strategies to implement within communities to impact attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and behaviors in the area of problem gambling and PIMU
  • Learn strategies to engage stakeholders in the Stacked Deck curriculum
  • Be able to teach the Stacked Deck curriculum

To receive continuing education hours, participants must log in with their first and last name and attend the whole session. Late arrival or early exit to the virtual room will not be accepted for continuing education hours.

Exact dates are to be determined.

Day 1
9:00 am- 2:30 pm: The Prevention of Youth Problem Gambling
10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break
11:30 – 12:00: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Break

Day 2
9:00 am- 2:30 pm: The Prevention of Youth Problem Gambling
10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break
11:30 – 12:00: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Break

If Zoom is not displaying your full name, you MUST change it so that we know who you are. To do this, locate your video display, click the ellipse (…) on the upper right, and select Rename. Then enter your full name. If you don’t complete this step, you are not entitled to CEUs.

“Call-in only” participants aren’t eligible for credit because the platform doesn’t record “call-in only” attendees’ names.

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Behavioral Health. Funding for this event is made possible by the Office of Problem Gambling. The information shared at this event is presented as an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Views expressed by speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual exhibitors, products, or services.

Continuing Education Information