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11-07-17 Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

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Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

PLEASE NOTE: This advanced training program covers advanced topics in problem gambling counseling.  This program DOES NOT cover the basic principles of gambling addiction, nor does it cover the basics of screening for gambling disorder.  We highly recommend basic problem gambling clinical training be completed before participating in any advanced program(s).  For more information, visit our website or contact 667-214-2120.


Mindfulness and the Helping Relationship: Sustaining Gambling and Addiction Recovery


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 gambling craving and behaviors, and much more skilled at responding to craving effectively to prevent relapse into gambling activities.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the gambling counselor to mindfulness meditation in order to facilitate establishment of a personal meditation practice for the counselor and the gambling addicted person.  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 and introduce those practices to their gambling clients. In addition methods for teaching mindfulness skills relevant to relapse prevention will be demonstrated, with guidance as to their proper use in therapy.


Date and Location

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:30 AM. to 4:30 PM

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willbrook Road SE,

Cumberland, MD 21502-2596



-Participants will have the means to establish a daily practice of formal and everyday mindfulness

-Participants will be familiar with current research in the role of mindfulness in developing therapeutic alliances with clients and in managing the symptoms of gambling addiction

-Participants will be prepared to begin to develop mindfulness-based strategies that can be used as a part of gambling counseling treatment plans.


Facilitator: James M. Walsh, Ph.D., LPCMH


Training Overview:

-This program runs 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM.

-There is no charge to attend this training.

-Continental breakfast will be provided.

-Parking is provided free of charge at the Facility.

-NO LUNCH IS PROVIDED. Please bring your own or plan to go out and get lunch during the 60 minute lunch break.

-Detailed training location logistics will be included in the registration confirmation.

-Certificate of Attendance for six (6) CEUs will be awarded at the end of the training.



8:30-9:00         Introduction and Overview

9:00-10:00       Mindfulness Meditation for counselor and gambling disorder client

10:00-10:15     Break (15 minutes)

10:15-11:30     Guided Meditation

11:30-12:30     Lunch (60 minutes)

12:30-2:00       Tools to introduce mindfulness practices to gambling clients

2:00-2:15         Break (15 minutes)    

2:15-4:15         Use of Mindfulness skills for therapy and relapse prevention

4:15-4:30         Review, Q&A and Evaluations

4:30                 Adjourn


Continuing Education

Six (6) CEU’s will be awarded at the end of the program for participants who attend beginning at 8:30 AM, through the completion of the program (4:30 PM or at discretion of presenter).

Attendees who arrive late (after 8:30 AM) or leave early (before 4:30 PM) each day will be emailed the adjusted Certificate of Attendance within five (5) business days post-program.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is an approved Sponsor for the continuing education credit of the Maryland Board of Examiners for licensed Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Therapists, and Alcohol and Drug Counselors in Maryland.



Registration for this program is made directly through Allegany College of Maryland. Please contact Allegany College of Maryland directly at (301) 784-5341.



If you find your schedule changes and you cannot attend this training, please contact Allegany College of Maryland directly at (301) 784-5341 to cancel your registration.  Thank you.


Although this program is offered free of charge, there are costs associated with facility rental, materials and staffing.  Participants that register and hold a seat, but do not attend and did not cancel 48 hours prior to start time of program may be subject to wait list status for future training opportunities.



If you have any questions, please contact Donna Gaspar at 667-214-2120 or dgaspar@som.umaryland.edu.





If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling and other addictive behaviors, call or text the free, confidential Maryland Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) to be connected to helpful resources, including Peer Recovery Support. Or visit helpmygamblingproblem.org.