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04mar11:00 am1:00 pm2021 CCGP Virtual Statewide Conference


(Thursday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Event Details

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania proudly presents the

2021 CCGP Virtual Statewide Conference

Join us throughout the month of March,
recognized as Problem Gambling Awareness Month,
for the
Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania’s
2021 Annual Statewide Conference!

The conference will be completely virtual this year,
and will consist of four live webinars,
that will be held over the course of four days in March.

Participation in all four events is encouraged but not required.
Complete details about the sessions are outlined below.

All workshops will be presented using Zoom
Links will be sent to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the start of each session

Statewide Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 4, 2021
11 AM to 1 PM EST
“GTDC: Where Justice Meets Treatment”
Presented by The Honorable Judge Cheryl Moss (retired)

  • The Gambling Treatment Diversion Court (GTDC), modeled on specialty courts such as drug court, helps disordered gamblers recover without incarceration. This session will focus on the first such court in Nevada and will include background on the history and creation of the court, which was established by The Honorable Judge Cheryl Moss (retired).Discussion will include the operations of the program, as well as the ideology of the program as an alternative to traditional sentencing.The program will also include input from individuals from Pennsylvania and New Jersey who are focusing efforts on bringing a similar program to their respective states.

Thursday, March 11, 2021
11 AM to 1 PM EST
“Gaming or Gambling: How Gambling Shows Up in Video Games”
Presented by Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel, Ph.D., LCSW, MCAP

  • Today, more people have access to, and are participating in, gambling and gaming activities than ever before. While the majority of the population is able to participate in these types of activities without developing any issues, there are a small percentage of people who are unable to maintain responsible levels of play.  Unfortunately for these individuals, this often progresses to a point where several areas of their lives are impacted in a negative way.During this program participants will learn about the problems that may be associated with each, how elements of gambling can often be found in gaming, how problems may develop and overlap, and what help is available for someone who is suffering from gambling disorder and gaming addiction.

Thursday, March 18, 2021
11 AM to 1 PM EST
“Clinical Jiu Jitsu for Gambling Disorder”
Presented by Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC &
Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

  • Jiu Jitsu means Gentle Art and Clinical “Jiu Jitsu” is about having the skills to gently consider different angles, timing, and ways to intervene and use tools in the therapeutic process with gambling disorders. The presenters believe there are three focus areas clinicians will benefit from when working with individuals with gambling disorders. With today’s advancements in technology and the continued expansion of the gaming industry to online/internet-based options, clinicians need to master skills to match these new advancements. This workshop will walk you through the three focus areas and give you the tools and techniques for your own Clinical Jiu Jitsu practice.You will also learn more about their new book, The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and how it is intended to increase gambling counseling clinical skills in their work with their clients. The goal of the current workshop is to highlight three clinical jiu jitsu skills that are useful when working with problem gamblers: generational characteristics, finances and technology.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
11 AM to 1 PM EST
“The Intersection of Trauma, SUD and Process Addictions”
Presented by Patricia T. Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDPD, CCTP, CAADC

  • For so many with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), traumatic experiences of their past have been left unrecognized and often times untreated. However, treating both simultaneously is critical to recovery. Addressing only the substance use disorder can actually increase the symptoms of trauma and dealing with only the trauma can increase the desire to use.Although the focus of traumatic experiences is often times explored within the field of substance use alone, process addictions, notably gambling, are also a major public health concern, given their high population prevalence and their associated negative health, social, and economic consequences. The significance of exploring treatment modalities to help those with process addiction in collaboration with SUD and trauma, is becoming more prevalent as we understand the significance of integrated care.
    This training will explore the foundational understanding of how trauma impacts the brain and thus decision making and increases vulnerabilities to both substance use and other process addictions. It will highlight the neuroscience of trauma and addiction and explore the interplay between these behaviors. And finally, the training will highlight skills and strategies to begin to heal the brain, provide safety and connection for the individual and identify motivation for behavioral changes that support recovery.

Conference registration fee is one flat rate of $40 – includes admission to all four webinars!
(Participation in all four sessions is not required)

A very generous number of scholarships have been made available for the conference by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol ProgramsContact Josh at for details.

Continuing Education
Earn up to 8 CE’s!

IGCCB approved
All participants will receive IGCCB certificates for the number of hours completed at no cost

PA Cert Board approved
There will be no cost for PCB CE’s. Certificates will be issued based on number of hours completed. (3/4, 3/11 & 3/18 currently approved)

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work approved (LSW/LCSW, LMFT, LPC)
This program is offered for up to 8.0 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 work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LMFT, and LPC biennial license renewal. For info on social work continuing education call (412) 346-8044.

$15 fee for Social Work CE’s – payable at time of registration
Certificates will be issued based on number of hours completed

Please note: CE’s will only be made available to those who participate in the live event in its entirety – mechanisms will be in place to ensure engagement


  1. Click button below to access registration page
  2. Click on ‘Register’ tab and select number of registration spots you would like.
  3. If you would like to include Social Work CE’s, please add them here.
    (If you have received a scholarship(s), select the registration(s)/CE(s) –
    there will be an area on the next page to enter a ‘Discount Code’)
  4. Click “Checkout”
  5. Complete contact/payment info, confirm total, and click “Checkout” to proceed
  6. You will receive a confirmation email which will serve as your receipt
  7. On this email, please click “View Order” to access the Order Confirmation page – here you will see a message From the Event Organizer with more info about how each session
  8. Contact with any questions!
  9. Join us beginning on March 4th!

All workshops will be presented using Zoom
Links will be sent to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the start of each session


*Please note: registering for this event will automatically add your name to our events email list unless otherwise requested

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