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Problem Gambling Treatment Training Fall 2018

By Taggart Associates (other events)

4 Dates Through Oct 30, 2018

Psychologists, counselors, social workers, graduate students and other mental health professionals are invited to attend four Problem Gambling Clinical Seminars in Bethlehem. You are not required to register for all four days. Read the payment and parking information at the bottom of this page. Click on "Register" in the column to the left.


“What’s NEW in Gambling, Even for Experienced Clinicians”
6 CE Credit Program
Monday, September 24, 2018 - Registration 8:30am, Program 9:00am – 4:00pm.  

By Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Presenter: Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC

This advanced course is designed to provide updates from the gambling industry and discuss how they impact delivery of care and intervention approaches for clinicians. With the expansion of online gambling and gaming, this course will review terminology, provide demos and generate discussions about the latest technology advances. We will review technology interventions and solutions and determine the clinical and ethical challenges on the horizon in the counseling profession. And lastly, this course will review evidence-based interventions and
how to apply them through the use of technology, effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Become educated on new advances in the gaming industry by reviewing various online gaming and gambling sites and discussing clinical implications in order to increase their knowledge of at-risk behaviors/activities of their clients.
  • Gain insight into the full continuum of Harm Reduction interventions through interactive lecture in order to increase their ability to assess and intervene in a clinically appropriate manner with their clients.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge of mental health technology solutions, including apps and software platforms, to increase their competence and skills in providing up to date clinical care.
  • Increase knowledge of evidence-based interventions specific to gambling addiction and treatment interventions.
  • Practice applying clinical techniques to gambling disorder through the use of case studies and group work to determine the pros and cons of implementing into clinical practice.
  • Develop a sense of how to best approach working with clients using new modalities, as trends, available activities, and problems expand.

About the Presenter
Jody is the Co-Founder, CEO, and VP of Business Development at The Better Institute.  She is a respected and established professional who passionately serves as an “Accountability Partner” to her Coaching, Counseling and Consulting clients to help them Get Better. She brings a wealth of experience as a trained professional coach, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor and as a technology consultant for tech startups focused on the intersection of technology and mental health.


  • Griffiths, M. D., Kuss, D. J., Lopez-Fernandez, O., & Pontes, H. M. (2017). Problematic gaming exists and is an example of disordered gaming: commentary on: Scholars’ open debate paper on the World Health Organization
  • ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal (Aarseth et al.). Journal of behavioral addictions, 6(3), 296-301.
  • Levy, L., & Tracy, J. K. (2018). Gambling Disorder in Veterans: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Future Research. Journal of gambling studies, 1-35.
  • Torales, J., Castaldelli-Maia, J., & Ventriglio, A. (2018). Digital Psychiatry and Digital Psychology: beyond “traditional” teletherapy. Medicina Clínica y Social, 1(3), 190-191.
  • Schueller, S. M., Neary, M., O’Loughlin, K., & Adkins, E. C. (2018). Discovery of and Interest in Health Apps Among Those With Mental Health Needs: Survey and Focus Group Study. Journal of medical Internet research, 20(6),e10141.
  • Christensen, D. R. (2018). A review of opioid-based treatments for gambling disorder: an examination of treatment outcomes, cravings, and individual differences. International Gambling Studies, 1-24.

“Mindfulness and the Helping Relationship: Sustaining Gambling and Addiction Recovery”
6 CE Credit Program
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:00am-4:00pm
By Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Presenter: James Walsh, Ph.D.

Two issues of vital importance to gambling and addiction counselors are the quality of the therapeutic alliance and problems associated with sustaining relapse prevention in addictive disorders, including gambling addiction. Outcome studies consistently indicate that therapeutic alliance, defined by clients/patients as a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental relationship, predicts a substantial portion of the variance in good outcomes. Mindfulness training has been shown to be especially effective in helping therapists to be more fully present during the therapy hour, as reported by clients describing the experience of therapy. In addition, mindfulness training for clients has been shown to be a powerful tool to help them to become much more aware of the arousal of craving, and much more skilled at responding to craving effectively to prevent relapse into addiction. 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the helping professional to mindfulness meditation in order to facilitate establishment of a personal meditation practice. Participants will experience mindfulness practices focused on developing greater capacity to stay fully present during therapeutic encounters. Participants will have recordings of guided meditations available that they can use to further deepen their mindfulness practices. In addition, methods for teaching mindfulness skills relevant to relapse prevention will be demonstrated, with guidance as to their proper use in therapy.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Have the means to establish a daily practice of formal and everyday mindfulness.
  • Acquire the understanding about how to conduct simple mindfulness practices with gambling addicted clients and/or family members in sessions.
  • Have access to resources that gambling addicted clients and/or family members can use to develop and maintain mindfulness practices.
  • Be familiar with current research in the role of mindfulness in helping gambling addicted clients to establish and maintain gambling recovery.
  • Be familiar with current research in the role of mindfulness in developing therapeutic alliances with clients.
  • Be prepared to begin to develop mindfulness-based strategies that can be used as a part of client treatment plans.

About the Presenter
James Walsh, Ph.D., is a Pastoral Counselor in private practice in Wilmington, DE. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Wilmington University in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where he taught as a core faculty member for 12 years. He has received extensive training in the applications of mindfulness meditation within clinical mental health practice, including instruction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn. 


  • de Lisle, Dowling, & Allen (2012). Mindfulness & Problem Gambling: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Gambling Studies, 28(4), 719-739.
  • Brewer, Elwafi, & Davis (2012).  Craving to Quit: Psychological Models and Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness Training as Treatment for Addictions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(2), 366-379.
  • Riley (2014).  Experiential Avoidance Mediates the Association Between Thought Suppression and Mindfulness with Problem Gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1), 163-171.
  • Toneatto, T., Pillai, S., & Courtice, E. L. (2014). Mindfulness-enhanced cognitive behavior therapy for problem gambling: A controlled pilot study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(2), 197-205.
  • Reid, DiTirro, & Fong (2014). Mindfulness in Patients with Gambling Disorders. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 327-337.
  • de Lisle, S., Dowling, N. A., & Allen, J. S. (2014). Mechanisms of action in the relationship between mindfulness and problem gambling behaviour. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(2), 206-225.


"Using Functional Behavior Assessments and Case Conceptualization Strategies to Enhance Clinical Practice"
6 CE credit program
Monday, October 29, 2018 - Registration 8:30am, Program 9:00am – 4:00pm.  
By Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Presenter – Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D.

Gambling disorder is a pervasive problem affecting individuals across the lifespan and is highly correlated with a range of other mental health disorders, including depression, substance use, mood and personality disorders. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been considered a promising treatment option for gambling disorders and is often cited as the most used form of treatment for gambling. A key component within CBT is the identification of functional or controlling variables of the person’s gambling behavior (i.e., functional behavior assessment). However, minimal attention has been provided on how to best identify functional relations for individuals with gambling disorders. Further, identification of functional relationships is needed to maximize the clinical utility of treatment. Therefore, the current presentation will focus on a) evidenced-based approaches to identifying functional relationships, b) how to infuse functional behavior assessments into clinical practice, and c) clinical case conceptualization using functional behavior assessment across a range of treatment modalities. Empirical evidence collected to date from the Saint Louis University Gambling Addictions research laboratory will be presented to highlight how functional behavior assessments can impact clinical practice.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Label key mechanisms of functional behavior assessments
  • Describe how to use functional assessments in clinical practice
  • Identify steps to using functional behavior assessments to inform treatment
  • Label key features of case conceptualization strategies for gambling disorders
  • Implement functional behavior assessments in clinical practice
  • Analyze results of functional behavior assessments in clinical practice

About the Presenter
Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of Applied Behavior Analysis programs in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. Dr. Wilson created the Saint Louis University Gambling Addictions research laboratory, where she works with graduate students on translational and clinical research projects related to gambling. Dr. Wilson has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on interdisciplinary approaches to gambling etiology, assessment, and treatment. She has delivered national and international presentations related to gambling. She serves on editorial boards for a range of journals, including the Journal of Contextual Behavior Science and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Her work has also been showcased on the Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World.


  • Dixon, M. R., Wilson, A. N., Belisle, J., & Schreiber, J. B. (2018). A Functional Analytic Approach to Understanding Disordered Gambling. The Psychological Record, 68(2), 177-187.
  • Matthieu, M.M., Wilson, A.N. & *Casner, R.W. (2017) Interdisciplinary issues at the intersection of assessing and treating substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder: Clinical social work and clinical behavioral analysis with veterans. Advances in Social Work, 18(1), 217-234.
  • Wilson, A. N., & Matthieu, M. (2015). Clinical Application of Behavior Analytic Social Work Practice. 501-522.

“The ‘Dis-Ease’ of Addiction and Principles of Recovery”
6 CE Credit Program
Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Registration 8:30am, Program 9:00am – 4:00pm.  
By Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Presenter: Daniel J. Trolaro, MS

People often indicate that a person who struggles with addiction has a "problem' with the drug of choice; that said, we need to expand the thinking of the addiction workforce to consider addiction as a SOLUTION to a DEEPER problem. Problems that stem from trauma, abuse, ACE, and neglect left unresolved will continue to manifest itself in the solution of addiction.  A comprehensive, holistic, approach treating the whole person from deep within can lead to a sustained and meaningful long-term recovery. This workshop will examine the DIS-EASE within not only the person who struggles but within all of us as well as the importance of community and connection in the recovery process.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding that the role of pain plays in the ‘Dis-Ease’ of Addiction.
  • Identify three shapes of pain.
  • Address the impact of addiction within the family on today’s youth.
  • Evaluate the impact that Adverse Child Experiences have on adulthood.
  • Understand various principles of meaningful recovery.
  • Analyze the importance of diet and exercise in recovery.

About the Presenter
Daniel J. Trolaro is the Assistant Executive Director for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.  He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BS in Finance and a concentration in Economics.  He also holds his MS in Psychology from California Coast University and has spoken around the state and country about internet and mobile device gambling, emerging trends and the dis-ease of addiction.


  • American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013.
  • National Council on Problem Gambling. Some Quick Facts About Gambling/Gamblers.
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  • Imperatori, C., Innamorati, M., Bersani, F. S., Imbimbo, F., Pompili, M., Contardi, A., & Farina, B. (2017). The Association among Childhood Trauma, Pathological Dissociation and Gambling Severity in Casino Gamblers. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, (1), 203.
  • Gainsbury, S. M. (2015). Online gambling addiction: The relationship between internet gambling and disordered gambling. Current addiction reports, 2(2), 185-193.


Check-in/Registration: 8:30 a.m. Trainings will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. each day and end at 4:00 p.m. 

If you have attended our trainings before, you may be familiar with the parking lot across 3rd Street from the Northampton Community College (NCC) Fowler Southside Center. This parking lot is now a building. Free parking is available on either side of the Fowler Center on the north side of 3rd Street, as well as on the surface lots off of 2nd Street to the north of the building, as usual. On the morning of your training, please allow a few extra minutes to find parking.

Participants will receive 6 CEs for this program.  In order to receive the CE credits offered for this program, all attendees must be present in the workshop no later than 15 minutes after it begins and must not leave prior to 15 minutes before it ends.  After completing a program evaluation, participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This program is intended for psychologists, counselors, social workers, graduate students and other mental health professionals.  For more information, contact the seminar organizer via email (

Fees & Registration

  • Fee: None, and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Credits (6 per day): APA, and NCGC from IGCCB, NASW-PA and LVPCA.
  • Payment for credits will be collected the day of the workshop; cash or check will be accepted.
  • Cost of 6 credits: LVPCA members, $30; LVPCA non-members $35; NASW members $15, non-members, $25
  • RSVP: Register on this web site at least 7 days prior to each training. Questions? Email

LVPCA is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. LVPCA is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.

If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, or distress with regard to program content, please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Tyson Davis, Psy.D., 610-433-3360.

Commercial support for this program is provided by Taggart Associates.

Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

Responsibility for Program Content

  • Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course.  NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

RSVP: Register on this web site 7 days prior to each training. Questions? Email

Presented by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA and sponsored by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Upon registering for any of the offered workshops, recipients names will be added to the CCGP email list.