May 10, 2019 – Advanced Training | Cumberland, MD

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Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training |Problematic Gambling Among Clients with Serious Mental Illness

Gambling behaviors among clients with serious mental illness (SMI) often get little attention in treatment settings. Indeed, gambling activities like bingo games and “casino” nights are often viewed as appropriate venues for encouraging socializing in mental health treatment settings. However, there is evidence that those with SMI are likely to be at higher risk for gambling problems and a range of harms for gambling activities. This training will present the often unique nature and scope of gambling problems found among those with SMI’s. Strategies for reducing the harm of gambling on recovery and well being will be presented.

Date and Location

Friday, May 10, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road SE
Cumberland, MD 21502


* Participants will be able to identify the nature of gambling problems commonly experienced by those with SMI

* Participants will be able to define how those with SMI may perceive the benefits of gambling

* Participants will be able to utilize harm reduction strategies to address the impact of gambling on recovery and well being among clients in treatment for SMI

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 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 SMI and Gambling Disorder

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

10:15-11:30 SMI and Gambling Disorder, continued

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

12:30-2:00 Treatment Strategies to Address Impact of Gambling Among SMI Clients

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

2:15-3:45 Treatment Strategies to Address Impact of Gambling Among SMI Clients, continued

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 May 6, 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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