Thomas Nilsson is a certified psychologist with more than 25 years experience of working with problem gamblers and over 30 years experience working with people suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. Thomas is the founder of Sustainable Interaction (former Spelinstitutet), a privately owned company specializing in problem gambling. Sustainable Interaction has, among other things, developed a self-help program online for problem gamblers and GamTest - a self test to detect early warning signals on problematic gambling. Sustainable Interaction has also cooperated with gaming operators and their work with responsible gaming and produced online education for retailers, staff and casino personal. Sustainable Interaction has also operated the Swedish national help line for problem gamblers by direction from the National Public Health Institute.
Special adviser, Centre for Addiction Issues (KoRus -Øst), Norway
Øystein Bjørke Olsen has worked with gambling addiction and problem gaming since 2003, when he started to work at the Norwegian National helpline and with outpatient group therapy. He was project manager for establishing the national distance-based treatment service which was launched in 2007. Since 2009 he has been working at Centre for Addiction Issues (KoRus-Øst) where he has been head of the field of gambling and video game addiction. KoRus-Øst is one of seven regional competence centers which have a regional responsibility on the field of substance abuse and addiction problems. In addition to this task, the Directorate of Health has given KoRus-Øst gambling addiction and video game addiction as a national responsibility. Our purpose is to share knowledge about gambling addiction and video game addiction in Norway.
Clinical psychologist, Research Clinic on Gambling Disorders (Forskningsklinikken for Ludomani) in Aarhus, Denmark
Johan is an authorized psychologist and has helped individuals and families with problematic gaming (computer games) behavior since 2011 and treated people with gambling addiction since 2013.
Johan has experience with using individual cognitive behavioral therapy and involvement of the patients' close relatives to overcome gambling addiction at the Research Clinic on Gambling Disorders (Forskningsklinikken for Ludomani) in Aarhus, Denmark. Johan has cofounded the company Checkpoint Therapy, which pioneered help for problematic behavior around computer games in Denmark. Concerned parents and their underage children are the primary clients, when the concern is around computer games. When working with families with underage children a systemic framework is chosen, where the primary aim is to rebuild the relations within the family, which in turn has the effect of reducing the time spent gaming.The recent years has shown new problems where randomness elements from gambling has been designed in to traditional skillbased computer games. Examples are skinbetting and lootboxes. Besides offering counselling to those affected by this new form of gambling, Johan and Research Clinic on Gambling Disorders are working to establish a dialogue between game designers and legislators.
Manager at the Peluuri Gambling Helpline
Inka Silvennoinen is a manager at the Peluuri Gambling Helpline and at the Information and Support Point Tiltti. Peluuri offers nationwide counselling and support e-services directed to gamblers, their close ones and those facing PG in their work. Tiltti offers peer support and professional support for problem gamblers and their close ones. Both Peluuri and Tiltti are part of the Gambling clinic’s service entity. Peluuri is provided by A-clinic Foundation and the Finnish Blue Ribbon and Tiltti by Finnish Blue Ribbon. Before starting at Peluuri and Tiltti in 2018 Inka worked nine years in the field of prevention of problematic gambling and gaming.
Data Analyst / Responsible Gambling Advisor at Svenska Spel
Axel Lyckberg has worked with problem gambling prevention and responsible gambling since 2010 for the Swedish state owned lottery Svenska Spel. With a data science and behavioural science background Axel has been at the frontier of finding and measuring different behaviours and potential markers of harm as found in gambling behaviour data and how to meet these with preventative measures. Working with the responsible gambling tool Playscan Axel has had the opportunity to work with problem Gambling prevention for several Nordic gambling companies.