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Workshops on Problem Gambling Integration Series: Session #1 – Expectations and Beliefs about Gambling and Gaming

When: May 23, 2024 at 9:00 pm — 12:00 pm
Where: Virtual
Price: Free

The Northwest ATTC and the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG) are pleased to offer three workshops on Problem Gambling Integration. Choose your session(s): May 23rd, June 6th, and July 11th, 2024

These virtual workshops are part of a series, and may also be taken individually. Participants are requested to register for each session they wish to attend.

Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions below. ECPG will provide 3 CEs per workshop.

Session #1 – Expectations and Beliefs about Gambling and Gaming

This workshop introduces the series by providing an introduction to Gambling and Gaming for both peers and behavioral health treatment providers. It gives attendees a chance to explore their own views of gambling and gaming, problem gambling/gaming, and relationship with money. The session will provide definitions for the many different terms used in the field of gambling/gaming treatment and recovery as well as define the roles and scope of peers vs. treatment providers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine your own personal unconscious biases around gambling, gaming, and financial issues.
  • Examine fundamentals of gambling and gaming, including definitions, terminologies, prevalence, and common myths and illusions.
  • Identify the similarities and differences of peer work and treatment work for Gambling and Gaming Disorders.


Thursday, May 23rd, 9am – Noon PST (3 CE hours)



Download the Workshops on Problem Gambling Integration Series flyer


The trainers for this series are Ms. Tana Russell, a Certified Gambling Counselor, and Ms. Kitty Martz, a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor. Both are advocates for integrating problem gambling and gaming services into MH/SUD programs.

Tana Russell, SUDP, NCTTP, WSCGC-II, CGT, Assistant Director, ECPG

Tana Russell is the Assistant Director of Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling in 2019. She holds certifications as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP), Washington State Certified Gambling Counselor II (WSCGC-II), Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Provider (NCTTP), and Certified Gambling Disorder Trainer (CGT). She serves on the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) treatment subcommittee and is a member of the Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee and the Washington State Problem Gambling Task Force.  She has a passion for training and enjoys presenting on topics related to gambling, gaming, tobacco, addictions, treatment, and recovery. She has written, co-authored and/or collaborated on the development of program curricula for various treatment, training, and educational courses.

Kitty Martz, Executive Director of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery (VPGR).

Ms. Kitty Martz is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor (CGRM) and a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor (CGAC-II). She is an advocate, educator, mentor, counselor and individual with lived experience in gambling harm. Kitty is the Executive Director of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery in Portland, Oregon, and president of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. Ms. Martz works directly with peers to support their gambling recovery, develops curricula, establishes procedural frameworks, and delivers funny and engaging training seminars on a national level. Her passion is to participate in the legislative process related to gambling regulation.  She can be reached at www.vpgr.net.

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