Introductory and Advanced

Problem Gambling Counselor Training

February 11-14, 2019

Training Location: Heathman Lodge – Vancouver, WA


Monday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 13, 8 am – 5 pm and Thursday, February 14, 8 am – 3 pm

Introductory Problem Gambling Counselor Training

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Presented by: Loreen Rugle, PhD, Maureen Greeley, BS, and Roxane Waldron, MPA.
This 30-hour workshop serves as an introduction to problem and pathological gambling disorders. Participants will learn about the scope and prevalence of gambling and problem gambling on a national scale, risk factors, and how the increased availability of gambling over the past 10 years has affected the prevalence of gambling problems in the United States. The DSM-5 criteria for pathological gambling will be discussed, and participants will learn practical application of the most commonly used screening and diagnostic tools.  This workshop outlines the types and sub-types of gamblers, and several approaches to treatment of problem gamblers.  Participants will learn about the disorders that most often co-occur with problem gambling, and the effects of the disorder on family and loved ones.  Introductory Training also includes an overview of topic areas covered on the National Counselor Certification Exam.  Introductory Problem Gambling Counselor Training is required for Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification.

Advanced Training:

Wednesday, February 13, 8 am – Noon

Building Skills in Motivational Interviewing
Presented by: Jessica Cronce, PhD
Motivational Interviewing (MI) assumes that ambivalence, or feeling two ways about something, is a common human experience, especially in relation to addictive behaviors. For those individuals who continue engaging in addictive behaviors, MI can be used to raise awareness of problematic behavior and highlight disparities between individual behavior and personal values/goals. Although MI utilizes specific therapeutic strategies/tools, it is fundamentally a style of interpersonal interaction rather than a scripted protocol. As such, use of a MI-style can be used in any encounter, by therapists and non-therapists alike, to facilitate service engagement and behavior change. This training will provide an introduction to, and practice of, MI principles and skills

Wednesday, February 13, 1 – 5 pm

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Treating Disordered Gambling  (Schedule change)
Presented by: Jessica Cronce, PhD and Ty Lostutter, PhD
Mindfulness is a psychological process of paying attention, on purpose, to one’s present experiences in a non-judgmental way. Relapse prevention is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral therapy with the goal of identifying and preventing high-risk situations leading to relapse of addictive behaviors. Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) integrates mindfulness meditation practices with relapse prevention strategies to support clients’ recovery. Drs. Lostutter and Cronce will provide a theoretical model for MBRP for the treatment of disordered gambling. The workshop will include experiential mindfulness exercises as and discuss ways to include MBRP into treatment of disordered gambling.

Thursday, February 14, 8 am – Noon

Effective Treatment Planning: From Assessment to Termination (Schedule change)
Presented by: Jessica Cronce, PhD
Although reducing or eliminating gambling behavior may be the overarching focus of treatment, effective treatment planning requires comprehensive assessment of individual and contextual factors that may influence gambling, other co-occurring addictive behaviors, and comorbid mental health concerns. Effective treatment planning also requires working knowledge of dominant theories of therapeutic change and an understanding of the mechanisms of change proposed to reach a cohesive case conceptualization. Treatment planning is an ongoing process that continues over the life of a therapeutic relationship, and ineffective treatment planning, especially early in the therapeutic relationship, can lead to roadblocks in the therapy or premature termination. This training will provide an overview of case conceptualization and treatment planning for gambling disorder from intake to termination with attention to avoiding therapeutic ruptures and client dropout.

Thursday, February 14, 1 – 5 pm

The Heart and Science of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Presented by: Kathryn Korslund, PhD, ABPP
Is psychotherapy an art or a science? Learn to balance the two by leveraging evidence-based treatment strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an established evidence-based treatment designed for individuals who present with severe and complex mental health problems. This four-hour program will introduce therapists to the philosophy and structure of DBT with emphasis on the principles and core strategies used in treatment. Attendees will learn elements of DBT that are compatible with delivery of other forms of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Monday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 13, 8 am – 5 pm

Recovery Coach Academy© for Young Adults (Cancelled)


Jessica Cronce, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the University of Oregon and Director of the Family and Human Services Program. Dr. Cronce has over a decade of experience conducting research on the etiology, maintenance, prevention, and treatment of addictive behaviors, in particular, problematic alcohol use and gambling among college students and other young adults. Dr. Cronce has applied her training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to the treatment of substance use disorders, gambling disorder, and other disorders marked by emotion dysregulation. Dr. Cronce is licensed as a psychologist in Oregon.

Maureen Greeley, BS is the Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG), has worked with and for ECPG since 1998, and became Executive Director in November 2006. In 2018, she received the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy. She has presented on Problem Gambling, Process Addictions, Responsible Gaming, Gambling Counselor Certification, Social and Internet Gaming Standards, and more across the United States. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Healthcare Authority.

Kathryn Korslund, PhD, ABPP received her PhD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University, completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Washington Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. She worked as a co-investigator with Dr. Marsha Linehan on research studies further developing and evaluating DBT. Dr. Korslund is now the Clinical Director of THIRA Health, a DBT-based partial-hospital and intensive outpatient program for adolescent girls and women in Bellevue, WA. She is a world-recognized expert in DBT, having provided extensive training and consultation throughout the United States and around the world.

Maureen Greeley, BS is the Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG), has worked with and for ECPG since 1998, and became Executive Director in November 2006. At the national level, she holds an Affiliate seat on the Board for the National Council on Problem Gambling and is the Board’s Immediate Past President. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration.

Ty Lostutter, PhD is the Assistant Director of the Psychology Internship Program at the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors at the University of Washington, where his work has focused on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling and other addictive behaviors. In addition to problem gambling, Dr. Lostutter also conducts research on substance use, HIV prevention, and cultural issues.

Loreen Rugle, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, and is currently Program Director of the Maryland Center of Excellence in Problem Gambling. Her previous position was Director of Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the treatment, prevention, and research of problem gambling to her current position. Additionally, Rugle has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.

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Scholarships are available for treatment providers with a certification application on file, Peer/Recovery Coaches, and undergraduate/graduate students and professors/counselors in accredited Washington State college and university behavioral health, addictions, and counseling programs. Click to download the Scholarship Brochure.

Continuing Education

All Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG) workshops qualify toward the 30 hours of gambling-specific education required by the Washington State and National Problem Gambling Certification Boards. ECPG is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Our workshops have also been approved for continuing education by the Mental Health Addictions Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO), the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD), and the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA).

Hotel Accommodations:

Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
Request the Evergreen Council room rate at $139/night.