Advanced Clinical Training – March 1, 2019 – Rockville, MD

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Counseling Families Living with Gambling Disorder

Families dealing with gambling disorder are often left financially, emotionally and socially devastated. However, there are often few resources dedicated to helping family members learn effective ways to cope with this disorder. This training will present an overview of research on the impact of problem gambling on the family as well as evidence based strategies for helping family members. Interventions designed to help the family overcome shame, isolation and develop financial, physical and emotional safety and well-being will be presented with interactive exercises. Strategies to help families to work towards compassion, self-compassion and forgiveness will be presented.

Date and Location

Friday, March 1, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Executive Office Building, Montgomery County

101 Monroe Street
Rockville MD 20850


* Participants will be able to identify at least five ways gambling disorder impacts families

* Participants will be able to define a menu of options for families to develop money protection plans

* Participants will be able to describe ways in which family members can reinforce recovery oriented behaviors in loved ones struggling with gambling disorder

* Participants will be able to describe strategies to assist family members in developing self-compassion and self-care.

Facilitator: Lori Rugle, Ph.D., ICGC II, BACC

Training Overview

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

* There is no charge to attend this training.

* Continental breakfast will be provided.

* Lunch Is Not Provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch. In addition, there are options for lunch within the hotel and conveniently located in the area.

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

* Parking is available free of charge at this facility.

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

Agenda Overview:

8:30-9:00 Introductions and Overview

9:00-10:00 Impact of Gambling Disorder on Families

10:00-10:15 Break (15 minutes)

10:15-11:30 Safety, Finances and Money Protection Planning

11:30-12:30 Lunch (60 minutes)

12:30-2:00 Reinforcement and Learning Strategies for Families

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

2:15-3:45 Self-Compassion, Compassion and Forgiveness

3:45-4:00 Review, Q&A and Evaluations

4:00 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 (4:00 PM or at discretion of presenter).

Attendees who arrive late (after 8:30 AM) or leave early (before 4:00 PM) 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.


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There is no cost to attend this program. DEADLINE to register is February 25, 2019.


If you find your schedule changes and you cannot attend this training, please cancel your registration 48 hours in advance through the registration system as directed, or contact Donna Gaspar (, 667-214-2120).

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

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