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December 19-20 | 12-Hour, 2-Day Provider Problem Gambling Clinical Training

Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Westin BWI Hotel
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
(443) 577-2300


As more and more opportunities for gambling are made available in Maryland, it is increasingly important to improve the capacity and capability of behavioral health treatment providers to learn effective ways of addressing and treating gambling problems.  In support of the “No Cost Problem Gambling Treatment” initiative launched by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, this two-day clinical training is an in-depth basic programwhich builds the capability of providers to deliver effective problem gambling treatment for individuals and their families.

Providers who have had no or little problem gambling/gambling disorder clinical training are encouraged to attend this program,especially those providers and private practitioners participating in the BHA/Beacon problem gambling counseling reimbursement program. This is two-day program, awarding a total of 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendance 8:30-4:00 each day.  Continental breakfast will be served; no lunch is provided at this training.



-To provide an overview of the scope of gambling/problem gambling in US and Maryland
-To present screening, assessment and brief intervention strategies that can be applied in various clinical settings on identifying problem gamblers and addressing the impact of gambling on recovery.
-To review and understand gambling addiction from a personal experience (documentary).
-To provide a family systems overview of problem gambling and an analysis of financial considerations.
-To understand different treatment approaches and strategies and their role in treatment planning.
-To understand how harm reduction strategies can be applied to treatment of gambling disorder

-Participants will be able to define gambling, problem gambling, gambling disorder  and responsible gambling
-Participants will be able to identify at least 3 ways to integrate the topic of problem gambling and impact of gambling into existing intake, screening and assessment protocols
-Participants will understand the effects of gambling addiction through a personal story (documentary).
-Participants will practice effective treatment planning
-Participants will practice utilizing brief motivational and referral strategies to address potential gambling and problem gambling issues with clients in substance use and mental health treatment.
-Participants will be able to identify impact of gambling on families and appropriate interventions for addressing financial issues
-Participants will gain an understanding of different treatment strategies and how they can be employed in the treatment of gambling disorder
-Participants will be able to apply harm reduction strategies in the treatment of gambling disorder


Training Overview:
-Registration is for a two-day program. Attendance on Day One is mandatory to receive CEUs for this program.
-This program runs 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM each day. Registration opens at 7:30 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 in the neighboring 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 a maximum of 12 CEUs will be awarded (six (6) CEUs per day) at the end of the Day Two program for those that participated each day, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.


Day One – Agenda:

8:30                 Introductions and Overview

Basics of Gambling and Problem Gambling

Effective screening and Assessment

10:30              Break (15 minutes)

10:45               Effective Screening and Assessment (continued)

Brief Intervention and Motivational Approaches

12:00               Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00                 Documentary – Understanding Joy: The Devastation of a Gambling Addict

Treatment Engagement

2:30                 Break (15 minutes)

2:45                 Treatment Planning

Review, Q&A and Evaluations

4:00                 Adjourn


Day Two – Agenda:

8:30                 Overview and Integration

Treatment Approaches and Strategies I – Harm Reduction and MI

10:30               Break (15 minutes)

10:45               CBT

12:00               Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00                 Addressing Finances and the Family

2:30                 Break (15 minutes)

2:45                 Mindfulness Based Strategies

Review, Q&A and Evaluations

4:00                 Adjourn



Continuing Education

-12 CEU’s will be awarded at the end of the program on Day Two for participants who attend beginning at 8:30 AM, through the completion of the program (4:00 PM or at discretion of presenter).

-Adjusted CEUs will be emailed to attendees not attending each day (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM).


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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If you find your schedule changes and you cannot attend this training,please cancel your registration 48 hours in advanceby contacting 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@psych.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.