July 2019 Introductory and Advanced Training Workshops

July 29 – August 1, 2019

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Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1, 8 am-5 pm:

Introductory Problem Gambling Counselor Training (30 CE hours)

Presented by: Denise Quirk, MA, MFT, LADC, CPGC-S, ICGC-II, Tana Russell, CDP, NCTTP, WSCGC-II, 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. 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 includes specifics of Gambling Disorder programs in Washington, counselor certification procedures, and 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. (Ends at 3 pm on Thursday.)

Recovery Coach Academy©

Presented by: Vince Collins, MSW and Betsy Niemann, CDP

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 4-day intensive training focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor, and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Participants will explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching, including the components, core values, and guiding principles of recovery, stages of change and their applications, ethical and boundaries issues, and recovery wellness planning. (Recovery Coach manual is required, $44 in addition to registration fee, nonrefundable)

Wednesday, July 31, 8 am-5 pm:

Ethics in Problem Gambling Counseling: Past, Present, and Future (8 CE hours)

Presented by: Roger Humble, CADC-II, CGAC-II and Janet Bardossi, MSW, LCSW

This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and application of skills that enhance ethical practice. Participants will discuss guidelines for effective ethical practice, and will consider how technology changes the picture of ethical practice. Professional boundaries, competence to practice, and ethical decision-making will also be discussed.

Thursday, August 1, 8 am-noon:

A Closer Look at Gendered Gambling and Interventions: The Female Gambler (4 CE hours)

Presented by: Noëlla Piquette, PhD

This workshop will explore the issues and factors associated with the female gambling experience, including social gambling trajectories into problem gambling, and the interventions that have been found to be promising. A brief overview of the context of gambling, problem gambling, and gendered considerations in the differences found in behaviour, occurrence, treatment effectiveness, and generic intervention policies will be covered. Within this presentation numerous discussions, hands-on activities, and group based critiques of the critical points, changes, and events in women’s lives, both positive and negative, that are associated with shifts in gambling behaviours will be utilized. These rich conversations will contribute toward a more substantive understanding of how women progress from social into problem gambling and eventually, to recovery.

Thursday, August 1, 1-5 pm:

Gambling and Other Addictive Behaviors in the ICD-11 (4 CE hours)

Presented by: Marc Potenza, MD, PhD

In this presentation, Dr. Potenza will review the rationale for the decisions made in the WHO’s 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) process as related to gambling and gaming disorder, as well as other impulse control disorders. Ongoing efforts with regard to generating and testing culturally sensitive screening and diagnostic instruments will be discussed, as well as an update on clinical considerations related to these conditions.


Janet Bardossi, LCSW holds a masters degree in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker as well as holding certification as a master addiction counselor. She has been in social services for more than 25 years and currently serves as the director of an independent consulting business dedicated to increasing recovery opportunities for individuals, families and communities. She has also taught at the community college and university level.

Vince Collins, MSW retired in 2016 after 40 years of state service in social services, with field experience and program management in Child Welfare, and 12 years as project director for the Washington State Access to Recovery Program. In retirement, Vince continues his efforts to build recovery communities and support systems. He currently is a senior trainer with the CART Collaborative.

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 Health Care Authority.

Roger Humble, CADC-II, CGAC-II has been in the Health Care and Addiction field for more than 30 years. He began his counseling career at Bridgeway in 2004 in the detox program, and worked there in several different capacities including intern supervisor and clinical supervisor for residential services. He also provided basic gambling supervision and education for entry level addiction counselors. Roger has been in his current position at Linn and Benton Counties as the problem gambling specialist since 2013.

Betsy Niemann, CDP graduated from Skagit Valley College with an ATA in Human Services. She served as a CDP for 13 years, including two years as Clinical Director. She has worked as the Drug and Alcohol Coordinator for Island County, and founded the Camano Whidbey Island Recovery Coalition in 2014.

Noëlla Piquette, PhD is an Associate Professor and Registered Psychologist at the University of Lethbridge. Her research areas in gambling include gender specific treatment options and identification of gendered issues. She has been involoved in women’s problem gambling issues since 2003 with numerous presentations and publications. Her graduate supervision, teaching and research interests encompass diversity, gender studies, special education, and developmental psychology.

Marc Potenza, MD, PhD is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training and certification in Addiction Psychiatry. He is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he is a Senior Scientist at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and the Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Denise Quirk, MA, MFT, LCADC, CPGC-S, ICGC-II is certified as a clinical supervisor and gambling counselor specializing in treatment for families. She is the CEO and Clinical Director of the Reno Problem Gambling Center, a nonprofit outpatient treatment center. She serves as a Board member for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and is a member of the Nevada Governor’s Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling. Denise is co-author of Gambling Patient Placement Criteria, and was a field reviewer for The ASAM Criteria.

Tana Russell, CDP, NCTTP, WSCGC-II has been practicing in the fields of Drug and Alcohol counseling since 2009. She is currently the Outreach and Education Specialist at the Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center, and leads the Tobacco Cessation Education and gambling treatment programs.Previously she worked for the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections as a parole officer and as a CADC Substance Abuse Program Leader and Drug Court Counselor. She recently launched a co-occurring Gambling and Substance Use Disorder (GSUD) Relapse Prevention Treatment program and is writing curriculum designed specifically to include both alcohol/drug and gambling terminology.

Roxane Waldron, MPA is the Problem Gambling Program Manager with the Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery, at the Health Care Authority. Most recently, she has served as the Cancer Screening QI Consultant for the Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program at WA State Department of Health. Previously, Roxane worked as the Training Manager for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, as the Behavioral and Oral Health Coordinator for the WA State Primary Care Association, and as a Mental Health Training Coordinator for the University of WA. Roxane holds a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

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).


Historic Davenport Hotel
10 S Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
800.228-9290 or 509.455-8888

Room rate: $139/night plus taxes; deadline for special room rate June 28, 2019