April 19, 2019 – Advanced Training | Eastern Shore

Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training: Addressing Problem Gambling in Military and Veteran Populations

Within the past 2 years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made a clear and strong recommendation that all branches of the military screen, assess and provide treatment for Gambling Disorder. Furthermore, the most current Defense Department Authorization Act has mandated that all services screen for Gambling Disorder. However, there has yet been a systemwide approach to integrating GD into existing addiction and behavioral health services within the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration. This training will address the special needs and risk factors among active duty service members and veterans around problem gambling will be discussed. Strategies for integrating problem gambling with co-occurring issues of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance abuse and suicidality will be presented.

Date and Location

Friday, April 19, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Chesapeake College, Wye Mills (Talbot County/Eastern Shore)
HPAC / Health Professions and Athletics Center
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679


* Participants will be able to identify at least 3 aspects of military culture that may contribute to risk for problem gambling

* Participants will be able to practice effective strategies for screening for gambling problems among active duty and veteran populations

* Participants will be able to address the connection between gambling problems and common co-occurring issues found among active duty and veteran clients such as trauma, depression, substance use and suicidality

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 AND Lunch will be provided at this program.

* 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 Military Culture and Problem Gambling

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

10:15-11:30 Effective Strategies for Screening for Gambling Problems Among Active Duty and Veterans

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

12:30-2:00 Effective Strategies for Screening (continued)

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

2:15-3:45 Connecting Gambling Problems and Common Co-Occurring Issues

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.


There is no cost to attend this program.
DEADLINE to register is April 15, 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 (dgaspar@som.umaryland.edu, 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 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.