Stacked Deck

Stacked Deck is an evidence-based curriculum for the prevention of problem gambling among teens and young adults.  Stacked Deck is a five-session, school-based curriculum with an additional booster session.  All that is needed to implement the program is contained in the facilitator's guide, and on an accompanying CD-ROM.  The highly organized facilitator's guide is prescriptive:  a skilled educator can easily use the manual to prepare for and conduct classroom sessions.  Each of the sessions includes:

After this 1-day training participants will:

  • Provide a rationale for implementing Stacked Deck by giving statistics about problem gambling and its effects on young people
  • Show how Stacked Deck corresponds to National Academic Standards
  • Cite the research behind Stacked Deck that has proven its effectiveness in preventing problem gambling
  • Present information about gambling to young people, their parents, educators, and other adults
  • Explain how the concept of "house edge" is important in preventing problem gambling
  • Differentiate social gambling from problem gambling
  • Identify risk factors and signs and symptoms of problem gambling
  • Dispel fallacies (incorrect ideas) about gambling
  • Implement all of the Stacked Deck components:  The 5 session curriculum, the booster session, the poster workshop, role plays, parent materials, and the gambling quiz
  • Navigate all components of the facilitator's guide, including: research facts, teacher tips, thumbnails, the slide presentation, and the reproducible materials.
  • Help young people make good decisions about gambling by teaching peer resistance and problem-solving skills
  • Know how to respond effectively if a student discloses his or her problems with gambling
  • Evaluate student performance in Stacked Deck for grading and assessment of students and/or program evaluation
  • Be comfortable using the Stacked Deck skill-based approach, including role-playing

For more information, please contact Hazelden Publishing at training@hazeldenbettyford.org or call 800-328-9000, ext. 4484.