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Continuing Education

[Online] Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification I

Date: 9:00am - 5:30pm PDT October 3 Location: Online


Approximately 15% of individuals seeking substance abuse treatment have a co-occurring gambling disorder, while 7% of individuals who receive behavioral health treatment for other issues also have a gambling disorder. If left unidentified, gambling disorders run the risk of going untreated, jeopardizing a patient’s recovery from the other issues that initially brought them to treatment.

This online course is designed for counselors, therapists and peer mentors 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 class will utilize the online platform Zoom during live classroom periods, in addition to self-guided modules to be completed in the interim.

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 2021 and will provide the remaining 30 hours needed to meet all of the educational requirements for the CGAC I credential. 

Course Details & Registration

Dates and Times: Saturdays, October 3 (9 a.m. -1 p.m.), 24 (9 a.m. -12 p.m.), November 14 (9 a.m. -12 p.m.), December 12 (9 a.m. -1 p.m.), 2020

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

Cost: $195, includes 30 CEUs

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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 specializes in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He has been training and supervising addictions and mental health counselors for more than 20 years. 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. He is the former Director of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. 

Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC III, 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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