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Continuing Education

[Online] Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification II

Date: 9:00am - 12:30pm PST January 16, 2021 Location: Online


Part two in our Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification, this course provides the remaining 30 of 60 educational requirements for the Certified Gambling Addictions Counselor (CGAC) credential in Oregon.

Topics and Instructors:

Instructors: Rick Berman, MA, LPC, CGAC II; Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC III, CGAC IIl; Brandie Lyday, LMFT, CGAC II, CADC III; and Raul Ramirez, CGAC II, CADC II, QMHA

  • January 16: Case Conceptualization, Part I - How to integrate trauma informed care, identify stages of change, and use motivational interviewing in disordered gambling treatment
  • January 30: Case Conceptualization, Part II - How to complete assessments, service plans, wellness plans and relapse prevention when treating disordered gambling
  • February 13: Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions in Disordered Gambling Treatment - Using CBT and DBT interventions in treatment for gambling disorders
  • February 27: Addressing Money Issues - A focus on thoughts, behaviors and values related to money 
  • March 13: Values, Mindfulness and Emotions in the Treatment of Disordered Gambling - Explores using the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Matrix to increase mindfulness, regulate emotions and move toward what is most important
  • March 27: Working with Families - Emphasizes the importance of engaging families and offers an introduction including important others in problem gambling treatment
  • April 10: Sociocultural Attunement - Focuses on the importance of attending to cultural context and promoting equity in problem gambling treatment
  • April 24: Psychoeducation - How to integrate psychoeducation into sessions as well as facilitate problem gambling psychoeducation groups for individuals, couples and families

Participants must attend all sessions. Participants in this course are required to complete approximately one hour of readings prior to each of eight 3.5-4 hour virtual classes. This ensures participants are eligible for 30 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). 

NOTE: Certification with the CGAC I credential is a separate process handled through the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon—learn more here

This course is co-sponsored by Problem Gambling Services of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, the Lewis & Clark Department of Counseling Psychology, and the Center for Community Engagement at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.  

Course Details & Registration

Dates and Times: Saturdays, January 16**, 30, February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24**, 2021, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  **class will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Prerequisite: Currently working in the field and/or hold CGAC I, or successfully completed Lewis & Clark’s Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification I.

Cost: $195, includes 30 CEUs

Online registration for this course ends Saturday, January 9th.

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

About the Instructors

Rick Berman, MA, LPC, 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 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 works as a clinical supervisor for LifeWorks Northwest, overseeing clinicians working in problem gambling, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. He serves on the board of the Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies, as well as at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School as adjunct faculty teaching courses in counseling psychology and addiction studies.

Brandie Lyday, LMFT, CGAC II, CADC III is an AAMFT approved supervisor candidate and provides family therapy supervision to Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Brandie works at Yamhill County Adult Behavioral Health expanding gambling treatment to all impacted by disordered gambling. Her recent work has focused on problem gambling program development and clinical supervision.

Raul Ramirez, CGAC II, CADC II, QMHA
Raul Ramirez, CGAC II, CADC II, QMHA has been in the counseling field since 2015 and is currently a bilingual lead clinician for Yamhill County in McMinnville, Oregon. His clinical focus is on chemical dependency, problem gambling and grief recovery. He provides clinical supervision for Yamhill County and is a member of OHA’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) whose mission is improving and expanding awareness of gambling to underserved populations, and to support each other in creating community.

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