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Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling: Training Institute

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Stepping Stones First Step Inn

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Fall River, MA 02720

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Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units- 30

March 26th, April 2nd, 9th & 16th from 8:45am-5:00pm

The goal of Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling’s Training Institute is to increase the number of trained providers in the treatment and service of Gambling Disorders, increase community access to comprehensive and competent care and improve treatment outcomes. The Training Institute provides comprehensive gambling specific trainings for clinical providers in substance abuse and mental health treatment settings. At the end of the training, individuals will meet the MA PGS certificate training requirements.

March 26, 2020 8:45am - 1:00pm

Course 1: Introduction to Problem Gambling

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

In the era of expanding gambling, providers are encouraged to increase their base of knowledge to provide service and support to service recipients. This introductory training is aimed to increase current social service providers’ knowledge in identifying problem gambling behavior within clinical and social service practice. Social service providers will learn how to incorporate problem gambling information and treatment skills into their area of practice.

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

  • Identify stages, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and progression of problem gambling
  • Identify /discuss historical and current research on gambling and problem gambling in the US & in MA
  • Discuss and employ a public health framework for addressing gambling disorder


1:00pm - 5:00pm

Course 2: Prevention of Problem Gambling

Trainer: Odessa Dwarika

Many clinicians have received little formal training on the science of prevention. Yet in the day to day delivery of their craft, many are indeed decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors for their clients, the client’s families and the community. These are major components of prevention work. This Training will cover the key components of successful prevention work and discuss how clinicians can enhance their own prevention efforts all within the rubric of their clinical practice.

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

  • Identify prevention strategies
  • Identify techniques in integrating prevention strategies
  • Explain gambling risk factors and protective factors


April 2, 2020 8:45am - 1:00pm

Course 3: Assessment and Diagnosis

Trainer: Jeremy Wampler

This training will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction. The process of the therapeutic alliance and other engagement practices will be considered as important components of the assessment process. The evaluation of major depressive disorder and the risk for suicidality will be highlighted as important aspects of the assessment process with a problem gambler. The development of a safety plan will be discussed as a consideration for the protection of the problem gambler.

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

  • Describe DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder
  • Explain what the various screening tools are and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe and preform a safety plan and risk assessments

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Course 4: Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder

Trainer: Jeremy Wampler

This training will explore the similarities and differences of gambling disorder with substance abuse and mental health disorders. This training will discuss and explore the various challenges in identifying disorder gambling within client care. Also, this training will introduce the addiction syndrome model, as well as strategies in identifying and screening of gambling disorders.

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

  • Describe similarities and differences with substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Describe the various challenges in identifying disorder gambling and how it relates to the addiction syndrome model
  • Recognize strategies in identifying and screening of gambling disorders

April 9, 2020 8:45am - 1:00pm

Course 5: Working with Special Populations: African-Americans and Latinos

Trainer: Haner Hernández

This training will discuss health equity, cultural issues and their relationship to problem gambling. It will explore barriers to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery, and discuss strategies and techniques that promote wellness among marginalized populations, particularly African-American and Latino populations. The workshop will discuss policies that impact health equity and their relevance to effective social service practice.

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

  • Discuss and define culture, cultural humility and cultural intelligence
  • Review the barriers vulnerable populations have when accessing treatment
  • Develop a strategy for helping to mitigate barriers for these communities

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Course 6: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & other Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for

Gambling Disorder

Trainer: Haner Hernández

This training will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction. The process of the therapeutic alliance and other engagement practices will be considered as important components of the assessment process. The evaluation of major depressive disorder and the risk for suicidality will be highlighted as important aspects of the assessment process with a problem gambler. The development of a safety plan will be discussed as a consideration for the protection of the problem gambler.

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

  • Identify various clinical challenges of working with persons with a gambling disorder
  • Explain CBT and other evidence-based modalities in the treatment of gambling disorder
  • Identify treatment and clinical resources


April 16, 2020 8:45am - 1:00pm

Course 7: Integrating Recovery Supports into Clinical Practice

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

Recovery support services are an integral part of a recovery-oriented system of care. The questions then become, which supports to use and how to integrate them into a treatment process. This session will discuss several recovery support services, offer suggestions as to who should be offering them, and discuss how services can be integrated into the treatment of clients with gambling disorders.

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

  • Identify signs and symptoms of problem gambling
  • Identify and explain recovery support services
  • Identify resources for assessment, referrals and resources


1:00pm - 5:00pm

Course 8: Gambling Disorders: A Review of Our Learning

Trainer: Jodie Nealley

This training will be a review of information from prior weeks. A review of our learning and main points will be discussed. This session will highlight the various aspects of gambling disorders, as well as the various challenges and opportunities in the era of expansion gambling in Massachusetts. Resources will be discussed and shared.

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

  • Explain various main point of gambling disorders
  • Identify resources for the treatment and services of problem gambling
  • Identify clinical challenges associated in the treatment of gambling disorders


Spring Institute Trainers

Jodie Nealley, MS joined the Mass Council in the fall of 2012 where she works as the Recovery & Outreach Coordinator in the Programs Department. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, her Master of Science in Education from Indiana University and is a graduate of the UMass/Boston Addiction Counselor Education Program. Her life experience both in and out of the professional arena provides unique skill sets and insight into her role at the council.

Odessa Dwarika, MA is the Director of Programs and services at the Mass Council and has more than two and a half decades of public health experience. She is a Graduate of Brandies University in Latin American Studies and Sociology and received her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Intercultural relations with a focus on International Health. Odessa began her 25-year public health career working in HIV/AIDS Prevention as a street outreach worker in Chelsea, MA. Odessa spent 10 years in Tobacco Control, working on policies to reduce the prevalence and harm of tobacco use and exposure in the City of Boston. Before coming to the Council Odessa spent 6 years running a large emergency homeless shelter and several programs for men and women in active addiction. Odessa has worked internationally and locally, bringing a passion for social justice to all that she does.

Dr. Hernández, Ph.D. CADCII, LADCI originally from Puerto Rico and has worked for 30 years in the health and human service field. He is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator who provides individualized technical assistance and support. Dr. Hernández is also a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels. He is currently a Senior Consultant to DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Jeremy Wampler is the Clinical Manager for the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services. In this capacity he oversees problem gambling services for the state which include treatment, integration, prevention, and recovery. Jeremy is also a trainer, facilitating trainings for key stakeholders throughout the state, in order to build capacity and raise awareness. He currently serves as President of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as Vice President on the Association of Problem Gambling Services Administrators board. Jeremy earned his MSW from Southern Connecticut State University, and he has been practicing in the field of problem gambling for over a decade.

For more information including if you are hearing impaired, are a person with a disability, and require an accommodation, please contact Dir. of Programs and Services, Odessa at 617-426-4554 or odessa@maccg.org

Funded by the: Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6331. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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