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Sneak Preview: The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook

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Presented by: Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC & Alyssa N. Wilson, PhD., BCBA-D, LBA

In a time where we see increased access, availability and participation in gambling, it is also important to recognize there is also in increase in the number of individuals whose lives are negatively impacted. While there is an ever-growing number of research studies on the topic, there are a limited number of current resources available to counselors and mental health professionals focused on practical application of treatment services. This program offers a sneak peek into the creation of a new book aimed at addressing this.

Our presenters joined us to discuss the paths that have led them to this point, and how by using their clinical and research experience, they have been able to present a new book on treatment strategies, focusing on topics relevant to today’s world. Their book, The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook” is the focus of discussion in the program.

Foundations of Responsible Gambling

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Presented by: Ken Litwak II, CADC, ICGC-I, CCTP, DRCC

This webinar discusses the basic principles of responsible gambling. This broadcast gives a brief overview of problem and disordered gambling, discusses the unique aspects of internet compared to brick and mortar casino gambling, and describes the principles of responsible gambling. We review the warning signs of problem gambling and discuss where to go for help for gamblers and family members who feel they have a problem.

The Wide World of Sports Betting

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Presented by: Daniel J. Trolaro, MS

Consistently, there are more creative and fast paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, hope, or adjust to the stress of life. Whether finding it through substance, technology or a variety of other methods, individuals are becoming more daring, tech savvy and tech dependent. Two areas that have seen explosive growth exists in the world of daily fantasy sports contests and the emergence of legalized sports gambling.

With the advent and expansion of these skill-based forms of entertainment, individuals have access to information and opportunities to wager 24/7. This workshop will explore the psychological aspects and gambling-like mechanics common to daily fantasy sports contests while looking at emerging trends and future considerations in sports gambling.

May 16, 2014 – FREE Gambling Training with Preferred Systems, Inc. – Erie, PA

Preferred Systems, Inc. along with The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania presents

The Many Facets of Gambling Problems

Friday, May 16, 2014
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.)
Erie Maennerchor Club
1607 State Street, Erie, PA 16501


Louis R. Weigele, LISW-S, ACSW, BCD, NCGC-II

Goals & Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will:

  • Become familiar with gambling and factors in the development of gambling problems
  • Become familiar with behavioral, psycho-social and neurological pathways involved in the development of gambling problems.
  • Become familiar with screening, assessment and treatment practices for individuals presenting for gambling disorder services
  • Understand underlying psycho-social considerations that contribute to the development of gambling disorders.
  • Understand how accessibility of gambling opportunities may increase risk for certain individuals.
  • Become familiar with best practices in the delivery of disordered gambling services


Morning session – Introduction to gambling and disordered gambling

9:00 – 9:15 – Introduction and overview

9:15 – 10:00 – History and current status of gambling related problems

10:00 – 10:30 – Overview of gambling – Terms, games, accessibility, diagnoses

10:30 – 10:45- Break

10:45 – 11:15 – Pathways to gambling disorders

11:15 – 12:30 – Screening, assessment, treatment and prevention overview

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch

Afternoon session – Advanced consideration in disordered gambling

1:30 – 2:30 – Motivational Interviewing in engagement and assessment phases

2:30- 3:15 – Deciding on interventions based on severity and readiness

3:15 – 3:30 – Break

3:30 – 4:30 – Challenging case discussion


For more information or details about registration, click Here or contact Preferred Systems, Inc. at (888) 455-7437 or (814) 456-0406

May 2, 2014 – Bucks AAA Gambling Conference

The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging presents

Addiction, Gambling and Its Impact

Friday, May 2, 2014 • 8am – 3:30pm

Bucks County Community College • Gateway Auditorium
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

For Registration Info, Click Here

Temple University Webinar – A Neurological Perspective on Gambling

Problem Gambling with Co-occurring Disorders

Featuring Dr. Catherine Williams of the Office of Addiction Services

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Temple University

Ritter Hall – Room 109

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Ph: 215-204-6252   •   email:

Click Here for more info

May 8 & 9, June 12 & 13 – Level I / 30 Hour Training: Bethlehem, PA

Level I / 30 Hour Training

Presented by The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.


NCC Fowler Family Southside Center
511 E. Third Street • Room 605
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Days 1 & 2
May 8th & 9th, 2014 • 8am – 5pm

Days 3 & 4
June 12th & 13th, 2014 • 8am – 5pm

Sponsored by Sands Casino


  • Jim Pappas, CCGPA
  • Josh Ercole, CCGPA
  • C.P. Mirarchi, III, Consultant & Training Specialist for CCGPA


For more information or to register, contact Kim Hall at Taggart Associates, (610) 882-1571 or

March 11 & 14, 2014 – CCGPA Statewide Conference

2014 Statewide Conference

Statewide East – A New Look: Innovative Approaches to Prevention, Treatment and Other Resources

March 11,  2014
Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast
2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA
(215) 638-8300

Discounted rates available


Statewide West – Explorations: New Ways of Addressing Gambling Disorder

March 14,  2014
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 682-6200

Discounted rates available

Who should attend:

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, educators, pastoral counselors, EAP’s, law enforcement, gaming industry members and the recovering community.

Continuing Education Credits

6 hours have been applied for psychologists, social workers, mental health, addiction and gambling counselors.


  • The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • The Pennsylvania Lottery
  • With Our Gaming Partners
  • Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Statewide East Focus

  • A Researchers Approach to Providing Treatment
  • A Comparison of Prevention Programming in Eastern PA Schools
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board – Self Exclusion Update


7:45-8:15  –  Registration

8:15-8:30  –  Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30-10:00  –  Jeffrey Beck, LPC, CCGC, JD, ABD, CART, MCTC, A Researcher’s Guide to Treatment

10:00-10:15  –  Morning Break

10:15-11:45  –  Jeffrey Beck, A Researchers Guide to Treatment, cont.

11:45-1:00  –  Lunch  (12:15 – 12:45 – Liz Lanza, PGCB – PA Self Exclusion Update)

1:00-2:15  –  Prevention Panel – Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Shalom, Inc., Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services and Council on Chemical Abuse will present on and provide a comparison of the prevention programming they are currently conducting in schools throughout Eastern Pennsylvania

2:15-2:30  –  Afternoon Break

2:30-3:15  –  Prevention Panel, cont.

3:15-3:45  –  Josh Ercole, CCGPA – Resource Expansion and the Future of CCGPA

3:45-4:00  –  Q&A and Closing Remarks


Statewide West Focus

  • Neurobiological and Behavioral Relationships in Disordered Gambling
  • State Treatment Provider update and State of the State Update
  • A Focus on Gambling and Older Adults in Pennsylvania


7:45-8:15  –  Registration

8:15-8:30  –  Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30-10:00  –  Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D, BCBA-D – Exploring Neurobiological and Behavioral Relationships in Disordered Gambling

10:00-10:15  –  Morning Break

10:15-11:45  –  Alyssa Wilson, Exploring Neurobiological and Behavioral Relationships in Disordered Gambling, cont.

11:45-1:00  –  Lunch  (12:15 – 12:45 – Ken Martz, Psy.D, CAS – DDAP, State of the State)

1:00-2:30  –  Jody Bechtold, LCSW, NCGC-II, BACC – Getting Their Attention: Gambling and Older Adults

2:30-2:45  –  Afternoon Break

2:45-3:15  –  Ken Martz, Psy.D, CAS – Gambling Treatment: A Continuum of Care

3:15-3:45  –  Josh Ercole, CCGPA – Resource Expansion and the Future of CCGPA

3:45-4:00  –  Q&A and Closing Remarks



For information on Exhibit space, please contact us at

Conference Fee

$50 until March 10, 2014, or $60 at the door.

A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun.


If you want Continuing Education Credits, you must also pay at door.

Social Work – $10   •   Psychology – $30

Limited scholarships available—please contact us at for details.


Two ways to register:
1. Register Online

2. Download the Registration Form (PDF).

Level I – 30 Hour Training with Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems

Are your clients showing signs of problem gambling?

 The Level I – 30 Hour NCGC Training Includes 4 sessions:

  •      Session 1: Introduction to Problem Gambling – March 4, 2014
  •      Session 2: Problem Gambling & the Family – April 1, 2014
  •      Session 3: Problem Gambling & Special Populations – May 6, 2014     
  •      Session 4: Problem Gambling & Treatment Strategies – June 3, 2014

All trainings from 8:30am – 5:00pm; Registration begins at 8:00am

Trainings presented by The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.

All Trainings will be held at:
Keystone Center Outpatient Services
5000 Hilltop Drive
Brookhaven, Pa 19015

This training is FREE to all clinicians in Delaware County!

Certification Requirement:
Bachelors degree or equivalent in the behavioral health field, such as a license or certification in a recognized behavioral health field (i.e. psychology, addictions, clinical social work, etc).

Registration Information:
For more information or to register, please contact
Sarah Marion at or call 484-444-0412.

For additional information about the NCGC certification process,
please visit the National Council of Problem Gambling website at

This program is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
and funded through the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Remembering Joanna Franklin

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Joanna Franklin. Joanna worked as an integral member of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA, Inc. for over seven years and will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanna’s family.