Introductory and Advanced

Problem Gambling Counselor Training

January 8-11, 2018

Training Location: Best Western Liberty Inn – DuPont


Monday, January 8 – Wednesday, January 10, 8 am – 5 pm and Thursday, January 11, 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:

Tuesday, January 9, 8 am – Noon

The Critical Connection: Your Role in a Suicide Safer Workplace and Community
Presented by: Matt Taylor, MA
Almost all of us, at one point or another, have encountered someone at risk for suicide.  That person may even have been ourselves. Thoughts of suicide are common, particularly in individuals struggling with compulsive gambling. Thankfully, society is beginning to talk more openly about this critical public health issue. This interactive session will overview best practices in suicide prevention and intervention. Participants will be better equipped to create a suicide safer workplace, and will also be better prepared to support clients, co-workers, friends, and family when finding themselves as a critical connection for their wellbeing.

Tuesday, January 9, 1 – 5 pm

Family Issues in Relationships
Presented by: Tanya Friese, MSW, LICSW, MN-CGC, LADC
This presentation will look at how family members are impacted by having a gambler in their family system. Family members have to work through stages of change. Providers are a key component to assisting a family in navigating the changes needed of them. This session will address some tactics to use with family members to create change, and provide insight to providers on their role in this change process.

Wednesday, January 10, 8 am – Noon

Facilitating Gambling Groups
Presented by: Tanya Friese, MSW, LICSW, MN-CGC, LADC
Addictions are commonly treated in group therapy. Why is this? Is that the best practice? This presentation will engage learners in a look at that issue. Why is Mindfulness so important when working with a person who has a diagnosis of Gambling Disorder? This session will pull the learner into a look at these questions.

Wednesday, January 10, 1 – 5 pm

Co-occurring Disorders and Cross Addiction
Presented by: Tanya Friese, MSW, LICSW, MN-CGC, LADC
This presentation will look at co-occurring disorders while keeping Gambling Disorder in the forefront. Education will be provided on concerns in relation to addictions in other areas, such as chemicals. Additionally, the presentation will examine treatment modalities to keep in mind when working with Gambling Disorder.

Thursday, January 11, 8 am – 3 pm

Clinical Supervision and Case Management (this session has been postponed until Focus on the Future, April 30-May 3)



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.

Tanya Friese, MSW, LICSW, LADC is Manager of Holistic Treatment Services at Project Turnabout, a nonprofit treatment center in Granite Falls, MN. She holds a Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a State-Approved Gambling Counselor, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. During the course of Tanya’s career, she has worked in various roles, including Family Counselor, Family Program Coordinator, and Manager of Mental Health and Family Programming.

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.

Jim Leingang, BA, CDP, WSCGC-II received a BA in Human Services from Evergreen State College, and is a graduate of the Addiction Certification program at Pierce College. He served the community as a Chemical Dependency Professional and Certified Problem Gambling Counselor with Providence St. Peter Hospital before joining the ECPG staff in 2016. Jim has a passion for increasing access to treatment services, as well as developing evidence-based programs to treat individuals and their families.

Matt Taylor, MA works for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as Program Manager for Network Development. The Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Matt has provided training and strategic development to schools, communities, and organizations since 2002. He has also authored over 30 major grants. During this time, he has written nationally disseminated curriculum, coordinated international summits, contributed to federal policy, been invited to the White House in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings and provided testimony to Congressional task forces. He has delivered services in the most rural and urban areas of the U.S. on the topics of suicide, violence prevention, emergency management, childhood traumatic stress, psychological first aid, resilience, and recovery.

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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), and the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD).

Hotel Accommodations:

Best Western Liberty Inn
1400 Wilmington Drive
DuPont, WA 98327
Request the Evergreen Council room rate at $119/night.