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Continuing Education

Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification I

Date: 9:00am - 5:30pm PDT September 16, 2017 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

It is estimated that 7% of individuals and families who seek mental health assistance are negatively impacted by problem gambling. Additionally, approximately 20% of individuals seeking substance abuse treatment have a co-occurring Gambling Disorder. If left unidentified, these disorders run the risk of going untreated.

This course is designed both for counselors and therapists who want to be more effective in their current practice with these clients, and also for counselors who want to become certified as a problem gambling counselor.

Offering the latest evidence-based practice, participants will examine what every mental health, alcohol & drug, and family counselor needs to know about gambling and problem gambling, including:

  • Screening, diagnosis, and client assessment
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Current trends, related policy issues and the Oregon treatment system
  • Gambling and substance use disorders
  • Gambling addiction as a brain disease
  • Links between gambling, suicide and domestic violence
  • Working with complex cases
  • Online gambling, money issues and gateways to gambling
  • Family dynamics
  • Professional responsibility and ethics

This course fulfills 30 of the 60 gambling education requirements to become a Certified Gambling Addictions Counselor (CGAC) in Oregon. Please note: a sequel to this course will be offered in spring of 2018 and will provide the remaining 30 hours needed to meet all of the educational requirements for the CGAC I credential.

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturdays, September 16 and December 2, 2017, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Plus 8 online modules

Instructor: Rick Berman, MA, LPC, CADC III, CGAC II; Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC II, CGAC II

Cost: $195, includes 30 CEUs or PDUs

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This course is co-sponsored by Problem Gambling Services of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, and the Professional Mental Health Counseling—Specialization in Addictions Program at Lewis & Clark.

About the Instructors

Rick Berman, MA, LPC, CADC III, CGAC II specializes in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He has been training and supervising addictions and mental health counselors for 20 years and in recent years his work has focused more specifically on problem gambling. He has made presentations at national problem gambling conferences in Canada and the United States. Currently he is coordinator of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where he is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an instructor for the Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification Courses co-sponsored by Problem Gambling Services of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, and the Professional Mental Health Counseling–Addictions Program at Lewis & Clark.

Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC II, CGAC II graduated from Lewis & Clark Graduate School in 2008. He has worked for the past five years for LifeWorks Northwest in adult outpatient services, primarily in treatment for problem gambling. He has provided outreach presentations on problem gambling to clients, clinicians, and members of the community throughout Washington County, and provided training in problem gambling treatment to psychology students at Lewis and Clark Graduate School, Portland State University, and Pacific University.

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