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 Yvonne Andrews, Training Coordinator @ 617-426-4554, TTY: 617-426-1855 or at yvonne@maccg.org

Fall Training Calendar

Regional Training 1 of 3:

Title:              Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder & How to Implement it into Practice

Date & Time: September 26, 2018 – 9:00am to 2:00pm

Presenters:    Fred Fetta, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC and Jeremy Wampler, LCSW, ICGC-II, LDSC

Location:       La Quinta Inn and Suites, 100 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104

Region:          Western

Cost:              $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description:

There has been a dramatic shift in the past 10 years in both the substance abuse and mental health fields.  Not only are the providers recognizing the importance of integrating treatment for alcohol, drug and tobacco use, but the need to provide co-occurring disorder treatment for both substance use and mental health disorders.  However, the screening, assessment and treatment of problem gambling often falls through the cracks, even in well-developed co-occurring disorder enhanced programs.  This training will focus on how integration of services can be developed in substance use, mental health and co-occurring disorder programs as well as in the prevention services realm.  Participants will be encouraged to adapt select philosophies and strategies into their own programs.  This training is relevant to both treatment and prevention, and will include lecture, small and large group discussion, and learning tasks.

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Regional Training 2 of 3:

Title:               Utilizing Motivational Interviewing to Address Gambling Disorder

Date & Time: October 17, 2018 – 9:00am to 2:00pm

Presenter:      Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, CAADAC, CCS, CEAP

Location:        Perceptions Psychotherapy 76 Summer St. Ste. 235B, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Region:           Central

Cost:               $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description:

Motivational interviewing is an evidence based practice based on CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) principles to enhance gambling clients’ motivation to change through use of engagement strategies specific to the person’s stage of change. MI (Motivational Interviewing)is an evidence based practice to treat gambling disorders. Gambling clients often struggle with cognitive distortions and irrational beliefs about gambling.  MI(Motivational Interviewing) is particularly effective with gambling clients in the pre-contemplation, contemplation and determination stages of change.

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Regional Training 3 of 3:

Title:               Cultural Competency and Gambling

Date & Time:  November 5, 2018 – 9:00am to 2:00pm

Presenter:      Haner Hernández, PhD., CADCII, LADCI

Location:        Courtyard by Marriot 63R Boston St. South Boston, MA 02125

Region:           Boston

Cost:               $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Description:

This training will focus on the connection between gambling and cultural intelligence.  Participants will learn about behavioral health disparities, how to build health equity, and will explore specific techniques and strategies designed to engage and treat people from diverse identities and communities.  The training will include didactic as well as interactive exercises designed to engage participants and elicit their input.  The training is intended for entry to advanced level.

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Webinar 1 of 2:

Title:               How to Have the Conversation about Problem Gambling

Date & Time:  November 7, 2018 – 1:00pm – 3:15pm

Presenter:      Dr. Deborah Haskins

Location:        Online

Cost:               $20.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 2.0

Description:
Do you know how to have the conversation about problem gambling with gamblers exhibiting risky gambling behavior or who may have a gambling disorder? Do you know how to provide problem gambling wellness in the communities outside of the therapy office/mental health agency?  Are you skilled in how to engage culturally diverse persons/families/communities and how to have the conversation about problem gambling?  Well, attend this webinar which will also include a demonstration of how to have the conversation with a culturally diverse former gambler.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Learn effective conversation skills for gamblers and community members about problem gambling;
  • Learn how to provide a “warm” transfer to problem gambling treatment and/or peer recovery resources;
  • Expand cultural awareness about how to engage culturally diverse gamblers, loved ones, and communities when sharing problem gambling advocacy and wellness.

Dr. Deborah G. Haskins is President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling, Director of Counseling Programs and Associate Professor of Counseling at Trinity Washington University. She has a PhD in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University. Dr. Haskins is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, and Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor.

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Webinar 2 of 2:

Title:                 Gambling Problems Among Veterans

 Date & Time:   December 12, 2018 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Presenter:      Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, CAADAC, CCS, CEAP

Location:        Online

Cost:               $50.00

Clock hours/Continuing Education Units: 2.0

Description:

This training is for behavioral health providers interested in learning about working with military members and veterans with gambling problems and their families. The participants will gain knowledge of the five branches of service, their missions, and traditions. Research suggests that the rate of problem gambling is higher among military personnel than that of the general population. Problem gambling tends to co-occur with other disorders that have elevated rates among those who have served in the military, such as substance abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicide. While there is an abundance of opportunities for veterans and enlisted personnel to gamble, many members of the military do not have access to treatment for gambling problems and may face disciplinary action for seeking help. Participants will also become familiar with various services and interventions that are beneficial to military members and veterans with gambling problems and their families.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the demographics of today’s military
  • Understand military culture
  • Identify Gambling Problems among Veterans

Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, CAADAC, CCS, CEAP is the owner & operator of Broffman Training & Consultation Services and is a regionally known trainer and consultant.  His primary expertise has been a Motivational Interviewing trainer, consultant and practitioner for over 25 yrs.  He has been involved in MI implementation projects (MI(Motivational Interviewing) training and MI coaching) in family service and healthcare agencies as well as a variety of assisted treatment homeless and housing, domestic violence, co-occurring disorders, gambling treatment programs, and day treatment/IOP.  (Intensive Out Patient)

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Fall Training Institute:  (4 weeks of classes)

Title:               Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Training Institute

Date & Time: Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 6:00pm–10:00pm October 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, November 1st, 6th & 8th

Presenters:   Jodie Nealley, Haner Hernandez PhD, Yvonne Andrews, Ted Nikolla & Thomas Broffman PhD

Location:       UMass Center; 1500 Main Street, Suite 260, Springfield, MA 01115

Cost:              $275.00   *includes application fee for MA PGS Certificate

Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units- 32

Description:

The goal of Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling’s Training Institute is to increase the number of services 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 provides a comprehensive delivery of gambling specific training’s for social services providers to build the capacity of knowledge in the area of gambling disorder. The training institute meets from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm, twice per week for four weeks.  At the conclusion of the four-week training process, individuals will be able to meet the MA PGS training standards and certificate training requirements.

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Funded by the Department of Public Health Problem Gambling Services