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march, 2017

16mar8:30 am4:00 pm2017 CCGPA Statewide Conference: West


(Thursday) 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Wyndham University Center Pittsburgh

100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Event Details

2017 Statewide West Conference

will focus on:

  • The relationship of social costs on a public health level with regard to problematic gambling
  • Self-Exclusion in Pennsylvania as a resource for assisting disordered gambling treatment approaches
  • Current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of problem gambling
  • How food choices can affect a person’s mood and assist, or work against, treatment approaches


Victor Ortiz, MSW

Massachusetts, Guest Speaker

Elizabeth Lanza

Director, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Kathleen D. Zamperini, MA, M.Ed., LPC, NCGC-I

Director of Counseling, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh


8:00-8:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45-10:15 Victor Ortiz, MSW
“Problem Gambling a Public Health Perspective: New Challenges and Opportunities”
10:15-10:30 Morning Break
10:30-12:00 Victor Ortiz, MSW
“Problem Gambling a Public Health Perspective”, cont.
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45–2:15 Elizabeth Lanza
“Self Exclusion & PGCB Update”

2:15-2:30 Afternoon Break
2:30-4:00 Kathleen D. Zamperini, MA, M.Ed., LPC, NCGC-I
“Food, Mood, and Gambling: Exploring the Role of Nutrition in Treatment”
4:00 Closing Remarks


At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify a public health frame work for gambling disorders
  2. Discuss effective steps toward establishing a public health approach to address problem gambling
  3. Relay information about Self-Exclusion as a resource to clients presenting with potential gambling related issues
  4. Assess self-knowledge and learn how to better assist clients to develop a self-care plan regarding healthful diet options to assist recovery
  5. Identify and establish principles for meaningful recovery

Sponsoring Partners

  • The Pennsylvania Lottery
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
  • Our Gaming Partners

Continuing Education

Social Workers

This program is offered for 6.0 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

$10 fee for Continuing Education Credit for Social Work
(Approved by University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work)

National Gambling Credits

All attendees will receive National Gambling Credits at no additional charge.


A discounted block of rooms have been reserved. Please contact the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center at 412-682-6200 to make arrangements.


Limited exhibit space will be made available. Please contact Josh Ercole at for more information.


A limited number of scholarships have been made available by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – for more information, or to apply, please contact Josh Ercole at

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