Introductory Problem Gambling Counselor Training

May 22-25, 2017

Training Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Bothell

Monday, May 22 – Wednesday, May 24, 8 am – 5 pm and Thursday, May 25, 8 am – 3 pm

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.


Linda Graves, PsyD, NCGC-II is currently the Project Director for the California Council on Problem Gambling, where she manages a contract with the California State Office of Problem Gambling to provide technical assistance through training, consultation, and outreach to tribal casinos, card rooms, California Lottery and law enforcement agencies throughout the state.  Previous to her move to California in 2011, Linda was the Problem Gambling Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, State of Washington where she implemented prevention, treatment and certification services for the state’s publicly funded problem gambling services.  Linda began her career in the problem gambling field with the Delaware Council on Problem Gambling in 1996, where she became Deputy Director of the Delaware Council.  Linda is currently serving as a member of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.  Linda has served as a Board Member on the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (2009-2011) and as Chair of the National Helpline Committee (2001-2005).  She was awarded the National Council Service Award in 2003, and was voted Counselor of the Year for Delaware Association of Addiction Professionals in 2005.  In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Council on Problem Gambling.

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.

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Scholarships are available for treatment providers who have a certification application on file. Click to download the Scholarship Form.

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:

Hilton Garden Inn
22600 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021
Request the Evergreen Council room rate at $119/night.