Upcoming Trainings

If you are an educator, clinician, or someone just interested in learning more about gambling disorder, join us for a training! Click on the links below to register. Questions? For more information including if you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability and requires an accommodation, please contact Odessa Dwarika, Director of Programs and Services @ 617-426-4554, TTY: 617-426-1855 or at odessa@maccg.org 

FY19 Spring Training Calendar



Lori Rugle Presents: Addressing the Co-Occurrence of Opioid Use Disorder & Problem Gambling

Date/Time:     February 20, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm

  Location:      Webinar

         Cost:      $20.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 2.0

Description: There is significant evidence for high rates of problem gambling among individuals in treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) and particularly among those in medication assisted treatment programs.  This webinar will present findings from current studies that further explores the nature of this relationship and the recovery implications of this comorbidity.  Personal stories by individuals in recovery from (OUD) will be shared.  Implications for screening, assessment and intervention strategies will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of problem gambling among clients in treatment for OUD;
  • Describe at least 3 characteristics of gambling behaviors among clients in OUD;
  • Identify effective screening and brief intervention strategies to address the impact of gambling on recovery for clients in treatment for OUD.

Dr. Rugle has been working in the field of problem gambling for 30 years. She has managed problem gambling treatment programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector, and within state systems. She has participated in research on neuropsychological assessment of pathological gamblers, neuroimaging and genetic studies of problem gambling, psychopharmacological treatment of problem gambling, gambling problems and coping among homeless veterans, trauma history, and problem gambling. She has consulted with state and national governments on developing and implementing problem gambling treatment programs. She is currently Program Director for the University of Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.

Regional Training 1 of 3:

Baxter Chandler, LICSW, MA PGS Presents: The Intersection of Problem Gambling, Trauma and Domestic Violence


Date/Time:      April 11, 2019 from 8:45am-2:00pm

   Location:      Center for Human Development, 332 Birnie Ave. Springfield, MA 01107

     Region:       West

         Cost:       $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description: The research is clear that a co-morbid connection exists between problem gambling, trauma and domestic violence.  People with gambling problems and PTSD have higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, impulsivity, and suicidality.  Like most dual-diagnosis, successful outcomes are more likely when the combination of problems are identified early and addressed in treatment together.

This training will explore the intersection where problem gambling and trauma meet, considering the various types of gambling and the populations that experience trauma (i.e. sexual abuse survivors, victims of domestic abuse, veterans, etc.).  Evidenced based and trauma informed screening tools and treatment interventions to address both issues will be explored. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least 3 signs/symptoms of both problem gambling and trauma reactions (across various vulnerable populations);
  • Describe the connection between problem gambling and trauma and how the two problems interact with each other;
  • Identify at least 3 evidenced based and trauma informed treatment interventions to address both of problem gambling and trauma symptoms together.

Baxter Chandler, LICSW is the Program Manager of the Adult and Child Partial Hospitalization Programs at Baystate Medical Center.  He teaches in the MSW program of Westfield State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Andrew’s College in North Carolina and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia.  For 26 years he has worked with people dealing with mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of treatment settings including medical units, crisis programs, partial hospital programs, and outpatient behavioral health services.  In addition to his work with co-occurring disorders, he has interests in group therapy, motivational interviewing, and suicide prevention.

Regional Training 2 of 3:

Julie Hynes Presents: The Blurring Lines of Youth Gaming and Gambling: Implications for the Public Health Field 


Date/Time:       May 2, 2019 from 8:45am to 2:00pm

 Location:        High Point Treatment Center, 10 Meadowbrook Rd, Brockton, MA 02301

   Region:         Southeast

      Cost:          $50

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description: The world of what we have considered “gambling” has shifted dramatically in recent years. In this training, participants will gain an understanding of recent and emerging trends in gaming and how these trends have blurred the lines between how we have defined gaming and gambling.  We will have a special focus on online gaming, and participants will be able identify some practical tools and strategies for use in their professional and personal settings.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least three recent trends in youth video gaming and gambling;
  • Identify risk and protective factors, as well as specific youth vulnerable populations for problem “gaming” and gambling;
  • Describe three methods of addressing problematic gaming and gambling in their work.

Julie Hynes has over 16 years of experience in addictions prevention and program coordination. Her passions include community education, leadership development, media and public policy. Julie is current Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling (2016-2019) and a member of the Council’s prevention committee. She regularly provides training and technical assistance on prevention and problem gambling across the United States and is a past recipient of Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Regional Training 3 of 3:

Dot Duda Presents: Working with Families Affected by Gambling Disorder


Date/Time:      May 14, 2019 from 8:45am-2:00pm

 Location:       Eliot Community Human Services 730 Eastern Ave, Malden, MA 02148

    Region:       Boston

        Cost:       $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description: This course will focus on helping clinicians learn how to engage and treat the entire family of problem gamblers and begin the path of recovery from this addiction. All aspects of the effects on family members will be discussed, including the financial impact on the family, the emotional ramifications, including trust, and the psychological consequences for many family members. Often, family members are left untreated with serious, painful effects from their loved ones’ gambling. While the financial impact is the most obvious, the other effects, including severe depression, trauma and an inability to function, are often present as well.

The clinician is in a unique position to offer help and support to these family members but must begin with knowledge of this addiction and how family members can address the pain caused. Family members must be offered help, hope and support, and a clear understanding of how they may be able to protect themselves and function better in their world.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms of problem gambling and be able to understand the impact this addiction may have on family members;
  • Interview, assess, refer, and treat members of the gamblers family members who may be affected by the gambling problems;
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic environment for growth and understanding of family members of problem gamblers as they work through the issues in themselves and their family.

Dot Duda, M. ED LMHC has over thirty years treating substance abuse and twenty plus years treating those with a Gambling Disorder. She is the former Director of Outpatient Psychiatry and addictions at Mount Auburn hospital and is currently in private practice. Additionally, Dot is a member of the New Hampshire Council on Compulsive Gambling Board of Directors. She graduated from Cambridge College, Cambridge MA with a Master’s in Education, Psychology/Counseling.

FY19 Spring Training Institute

Dates/Time:    4 weeks of Thursday classes – March 7th, 21st, 28th and April 4th
                         8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Location:        Eliot Community Human Services Room A
                        125 Hartwell Ave, Lexington MA
Cost:               $275.00 *includes $100 application fee for MA PGS Certificate and Lunch
Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 32
The goal of the Training Institute is to increase the number of trained service providers in the treatment and service of Gambling Disorders, increase community access to comprehensive and competent care, increase service & treatment delivery and improve treatment outcomes. The training institute will meet from 8:45am – 5:00pm, twice per week over four weeks. At the end of the training, individuals will meet the MA PGS training standards and certificate training requirements.
Presenters: Jodie Nealley, Dot Duda, Julie Hynes & Haner Hernandez

If you have any questions, please contact Odessa Dwarika at: 617-426-4554 ext. 1 or  odessa@maccg.org

Training’s Funded By: Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6331. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.