Introductory and Advanced

Problem Gambling Counselor Training

June 4-7, 2018

Training Location: Bavarian Lodge – Leavenworth


Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6, 8 am – 5 pm and Thursday, June 7, 8 am – 3 pm

Introductory Problem Gambling Counselor Training

Presented by: Isabelle Duguay, MA, LCPC, PCGC
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:

Monday, June 4, 8 am – Noon

Treatment Planning MATRS
Presented by: Janis Crawford, PhD
This four-hour workshop identifies the components of a treatment plan that make it useful to clinicians and understandable to clients. It focuses on the strength-based best practices of treatment planning such as using positive language, prioritizing needs, and considering readiness for change. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in group discussion and activities that facilitate the comprehensive creation of a meaningful and dynamic treatment plan.

Monday, June 4, 1 – 5 pm

Advanced CBT for Gambling Disorder
Presented by: Ty Lostutter, PhD
Gambling Disorder (GD) is a serious psychiatric disorder that affects between 1-2% of the adult population and is associated with serious harms. It is also highly comorbid with substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders such as depression. This session will review the evidence-base for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Gambling Disorder and teach the fundamental principles essential in delivering CBT for GD patients, including conducting an initial assessment, treatment planning, teaching core CBT principles and assigning homework, and treatment termination/after-care. The session will include discussion of case-conceptualization, assessment and monitoring tools, and using CBT worksheets to address clients’ gambling behaviors.

Tuesday, June 5, 8 am – Noon

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: ACT Naturally
Presented by: Nita Kordonowy, MA, LADC, NCGC-II
Of the many treatment modalities considered best practices in treating addiction, the powerful Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) stands out as a positive and engaging adjunctive role, an addition to and not a replacement for other clinical interventions. ACT is considered the “missing ingredient” for positive outcomes. ACT is a multifaceted treatment model that addresses the complexities of working with problem gamblers by doing and not just talking about solutions. ACT is a research based, behavioral, client-centered therapy using mindfulness and values to motivate and inspire behavioral change. ACT shows positive benefit with the client’s treatment engagement, retention, and prognosis.

Tuesday, June 5, 1 – 5 pm

Stumbling Heavenward: Understanding the Spiritual “Why” of Addictions
Presented by: Alan Basham, MA
This workshop will address the early childhood etiology of perceptions, losses and psychological defenses that contribute to the development of addictive processes in adulthood.  The primary focus will be on the spiritual/existential impact of these adverse childhood experiences and how a connection to a benign Someone or Something is essential to healing for many.  Participants will learn about an object-relations conceptual frame as well as specific techniques for helping clients to connect with the internal experiences that can mitigate against the spiritual/existential effects of early loss.

Wednesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 7, 8 am – 5 pm

Spirituality for Recovery Coaches
Presented by: Stephanie Tompkins
The purpose of this session is to help you as a recovery coach understand what spirituality is and how you would help someone in their own process of discovering spirituality. This two-day course will help you explore your own beliefs and values as it comes to spirituality. This training will provide you with the tools and resources needed as a recovery coach so you can speak about spirituality in a way that is accepting of others. This training will challenge you in a way that helps to promote your own understanding of spirituality. By completing this course, you will be able to help those you serve understand, accept, and embrace spirituality for themselves. This is an advanced Recovery Coach training; you must have taken the 40-hour Recovery Coach Academy prior to attending this session.



Alan Basham, MA is an experienced counselor educator and clinician who trained Mental Health Counselors and School Counselors at Eastern Washington University from 1995-2017. He is Past President of the Washington Counseling Association and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a national division of the American Counseling Association. Among his professional interests are the integration of spirituality into the counseling process and the responsibility of society to help veterans return home to a welcoming and healing community.

Janis Crawford, PhD is an adjunct professor at Portland Community College, where she teaches motivational interviewing and theories of counseling. She also has a human services consultation business that provides psychotherapy, clilnical supervision, and professional training. She is an advocate of the integration of evidenced-based practices within established paradigms such as correctional and medical environments.

Isabelle Duguay, MA, LCPC, PCGC received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Moncton in 1999. She has extensive experience establishing and implementing protocols and treatment programs in problem gambling and behavior change, and has developed training materials in problem gambling and PTSD for health care providers and therapists. Isabelle has experience working with private and public employers developing services for the problem gambling population. She was also part of an extensive problem gambling research group in Quebec, Canada. She now works in private practice in Minnesota, where she sees clients with anxiety disorders, depression, and gambling disorder.

Ann Gray, M.Ed is currently the Problem Gambling Program Manager for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Texas and  a Masters in Counseling and Student Services from North Texas State University. Following 30 years as a public school teacher, counselor, and administrator, Ann is passionate about improving and growing services supporting problem gamblers and their families in Washington State. Ann previously served on the board of Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and has presented on problem gambling and recovery issues throughout the state.

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.

Nita Kordonowy, MA, LADC, NCGC-II has provided a wide range of addiction services and counseling for both pathological gamblers and individuals with chemical dependency. Ms. Kordonowy earned her BA degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling at Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and worked as a nationally certified gambling counselor in both Nevada and Minnesota. She developed curriculum for treatment programming and trainings for professionals on substance use and gambling disorders. She served as Program Manager at the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and as a counselor at Las Vegas Problem Gambling Center. Currently, Nita is the clinical coordinator of Hazelden Betty Ford’s comprehensive opioid response program and continues to educate new counselors as adjunct professor at Hazelden’s Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

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.

Stephanie Tompkins, CDP is an enrolled member of the Squaxin Island Tribe with more than 13 years experience in chemical dependency services. She began working for the Seattle Indian Health Board in December 2017. She has been involved in projects to offer recovery support and peer services to clients and tribes, and is a Recovery Coach Trainer and ASIST Trainer. Stephanie served as a board member for the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) and currently serves as its President. She has worked with a number of Tribes in Washington through referrals, recovery coaching, and WRA. 


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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 Application.

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 Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO), the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD), and the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA).

Hotel Accommodations:

Bavarian Lodge
810 US Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
509.548.7878 or 888.717.7878
Request the Evergreen Council room rate at $132/night.