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Ms. Joanna Franklin

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  • MS
  • MS degree
    Johns Hopkins University
  • BS Degree
    Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S.
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Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling » People, 12 May 2014 [cached]
We recognize with deepest gratitude the contribution of Joanna Franklin, Program Director, July 2, 2012 to October 5, 2013. For more information, see Remembering Joanna Franklin.
About | Council on Compulsive Gambling in PA, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Remembering Joanna Franklin
Joanna Franklin
Joanna Franklin, MS NCGC II
2 state lawmakers target parents who leave kids in cars at gambling establishments - The National Council on Problem Gambling, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Joanna Franklin, an addiction therapist for 30 years, isn't convinced a stricter penalty will bring results in gambling addicts, unless treatment for the addiction is offered first.
"As a psychotherapist, I've never seen punishing a sick person being an effective way to treat them," said Franklin, a director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania. "That is not going to trump the disease in their brain."
Franklin said counselors are taught to help people with gambling problems create a safety plan with emergency caregivers to use if they can't resist the urge to gamble.
The issue of children left in cars is not unique to Pennsylvania, Franklin said.
Statewide Annual Conferences, 11 Dec 2011 [cached]
Joanna Franklin, MS, NCGCII
Helpline Manager and Clinical Coordinator, CCGP
Joanna Franklin, education ..., 3 July 2007 [cached]
Joanna Franklin, education coordinator for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, likewise noted that the type and degree of problem gambling is best viewed as a continuum, from less severe cases to those whose pathological gambling "meets absolute clinical criteria."
"We always thought it was environmental," she said of the view in past years.
In some cases it may be.But, Ms. Franklin noted, research ultimately began to point to some other possible causes.Some research has honed in on the brain's prefrontal cortex.Associated with judgment and decision-making, some compulsive gamblers have exhibited damage to that region of their brains.Science also points toward increased levels of dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter, in the brains of compulsive gamblers.Then, too, other research points toward genetic predisposition in some people.
With a range of possible causes, Ms. Franklin, who has traveled the country educating treatment professionals about gambling addiction, encourages her pupils to keep an open mind on treatment options.
"We give them lots of tools to employ in the assessment process," she said.
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