2024 CCGP Statewide Conference East

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March 14, 2024 8:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT-04:00)


Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast

2400 Old Lincoln Hwy, Trevose, PA 19053

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Event Details

This event will focus on

  • Sports betting among college students and emerging adults
  • Financial literacy among college students and connections to gambling
  • Connections between Prolonged Grief Disorder and Gambling Disorder
  • Gambling and Gaming issues and how they may impact younger populations
  • What help and resources are available in Pennsylvania


Daniel J. Trolaro, MS
Vice President of Prevention in the US for EPIC Global Solutions


Carmella Jackson, MS, MBA, LPC, CAADC, ICOGS


Jessica Budzak, CPS, MSW
Drug and Alcohol Specialist


8:00-8:30      Registration & Breakfast


8:30-8:45      Welcome & Opening Remarks


8:45-10:15    “Sports Betting among Emerging Adults and Potential implications for Financial Wellbeing”

                        Daniel J. Trolaro, MS 


10:15-10:30   Morning Break


10:30-12:00   “Sports Betting among Emerging Adults and Potential implications for Financial Wellbeing” cont.

                         Daniel J. Trolaro, MS 


12:00-12:45   Lunch


12:45-2:15    “Dealing with Long-Term Grief and Gambling Addiction”

                       Carmella Jackson, MS, MBA, LPC, CAADC, ICOGS 


2:15-2.30      Afternoon Break


2:30-4:00      Gambling and the Gaming World for Youth”

                       Jessica Budzak, CPS, MSW 


4:00                Closing Remarks



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

  • Review current research on sports betting, athletes, and problem gambling
  • Understand the risk factors of athletes and problem gambling
  • Learn how to utilize past athletic experience to help develop an effective gambling treatment plan
  • Discuss evidence-informed clinical interventions that can be used with most sports bettors during therapy
  • Understand the scope of online gambling in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as the demographic features of Pennsylvanians that engage in online gambling, and who possess potential problems
  • Understand differences between those that gamble online-exclusively, offline exclusively, and those that gamble via both modalities
  • Describe financial counseling and what financial counselors do, compared to other financial and legal professionals who offer advice to individuals
  • Describe how financial counseling can be applied to help clients experiencing problems with gambling overcome financial challenges during recovery
  • Describe resources and professionals who are available to help clients and how to engage with them

Sponsoring Partners

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

Continuing Education

Social Work

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, visit socialwork.pitt.edu/continuing-ed.

$15 fee for Continuing Education Credit for Social Work
(Approved by University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work)
Attendees must attend the entire event – partial CE’s will not be issued.

International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) 

This program has been approved for six (6.0) hours by the IGCCB.

There is no cost for IGCCB CE’s.
Attendees must attend the entire event – partial CE’s will not be issued.


A discounted block of sleeping rooms have been reserved for conference attendees. Please contact the Radisson Hotel Northeast Philadelphia at 215-638-8300 and reference the CCGP conference. The discounted room rate will be available until February 15, 2024.


Onsite parking is available at no extra charge.


Limited exhibiting space will be made available.
Please contact Josh Ercole at  josh@pacouncil.com for more information.

CCGP Members

As a membership benefit, CCGP members are entitled to a $25 discount. Please contact Josh Ercole at josh@pacouncil.com for your conference registration discount code!


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

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