2024 CCGP Statewide Conference West

21mar8:00 am4:00 pm2024 CCGP Statewide Conference West


(Thursday) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT-04:00)


DoubleTree by Hilton - Pittsburgh Cranberry

910 Sheraton Drive

Event Details

This event will focus on

  • Risk factors and treatment approaches for sports betting clients
  • The scope of online gambling in Pennsylvania, and the impact that it’s having in terms of participation and development of problematic behaviors
  • Financial counseling and how it can assist clients experiencing financial issues
  • What help and resources are available in Pennsylvania


Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC
CEO and Co-Founder, The Better Institute
Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC)


Robert Bumbaco, LCSW, CMC
COO and Co-Founder, The Better Institute


Jessica Parks, Ph.D., AFC®


Gillian E. H. Russell, MSc
Assistant Research Professor, Penn State University


Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Associate Professor, California State University, Fresno


8:00-8:30      Registration & Breakfast


8:30-8:45      Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15   “Treating Sports Betting in Clinical
                      Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, Robert Bumbaco, LCSW, CMC and Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA 

10:15-10:30  Morning Break

 “Treating Sports Betting in Clinical Practice” cont.
                        Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, Robert Bumbaco, LCSW, CMC and Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA 

12:00-12:45  Lunch

12:45-2:15    “Online Gambling in Pennsylvania: Results of the Third Annual Online Gambling Report”
                       Gillian E. H. Russell, MSc 

2:15-2.30      Afternoon Break

2:30-4:00      “A Financial Plan to Problem Gambling Recovery”
                       Jessica Parks, Ph.D., AFC® 

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)

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.


Reservations will be made by individuals calling the Hotel Reservations at 1-855-610-TREE (8733) or by clicking HERE. Attendees must identify themselves as being with the group, CCGP Statewide West Conference, at the time the reservation is made in order to receive the special group rate.


Onsite parking is available at no extra charge.


Limited exhibit 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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