While predominant models of prevention focus on the prevention of specific diseases and disorders and/or on the minimization of harm arising from them, the authors argue for a theoretical and practical reinsertion of subjectivity within a web of social connectedness, including a sense of culture, a sense of health as a social construct, and a sense of community. Specifically, there are said to be three theoretical and potential intervention areas, all with a focus on the reconstruction of subjectivity, that require much greater attention in the study of addiction, especially gambling, as well as in practical and policy responses to these issues.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Theoretical Exploration of Culture and Community Health: Implications for Prevention, Research, and Problem Gambling created by Jennifer Borrell and Jacques Boulet, Ph.D. in 2005.
Journal of Gambling Issues
March 2005, Issue 13
Course Material Authors
Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Jennifer Borrell (BBSc., BSW, Ph.D. candidate) is a social researcher and gambling research consultant. She has provided extensive gambling research consultancy to local governments and community organizations to inform their policies and initiatives.
Jacques Boulet, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacques Boulet has worked in social work, community development, and as an academic for about forty years and across five continents.
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the implications of a theoretical exploration of culture and community health for prevention of and research into problem gambling. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Discuss culture as collective systems of meaning and explain how it guides patterns of social interaction within identifiable social groups.
Identify ways in which community action can focus on creating healthy communities, and explain approaches to social intervention that are informed by understanding people's emerging and existent patterns of operating in the world.
Explain how person-oriented prevention can reinforce mediating structures in the form of families, communities, and other networks.
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