Training & Research

Training Calendar

We believe it’s crucial to advance diverse perspectives on problem gambling. Here, you’ll find events hosted by leaders, researchers, clinicians and advocates from a wide range of communities and backgrounds. Many of our trainings also offer gambling-specific CEs!

Spring Training Institute: Foundations in Gambling Disorder (MACGH)
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – May 23 @ 3:45 pm

Hosted by MA Council on Gaming and Health

Dates: Nine Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday classes:
Time: 12pm-3:45pm EST; April 27 & 29; May 2, 3, 9, 11,16,18 &23, 2023

Hidden problems with gambling often derail recovery from mental health and substance use disorders as signs and symptoms are often missed. The goal of the MA Council on Compulsive Gambling’s Training Institute: Foundations in Gambling Disorder is to increase the number of trained service providers in the treatment and service of Gambling Disorders, increase community access to comprehensive and competent care, increase service & treatment delivery, and improve treatment outcomes. The 30.0 Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units provides foundational knowledge of gambling disorder for providers in behavioral health settings that can be applied towards the Gaming Health Specialist Certificate.

CEs available: 30

Register here.

Problem Gambling Advocacy Day 2023
Jul 26 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Problem gambling and responsible gambling advocates from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Advocacy Day. Problem Gambling Advocacy Day brings together key stakeholders in a grassroots effort to highlight the importance of developing strong public policies relating to problem gambling and appropriating the necessary funding for education, research, treatment and prevention.


We make participating easy for you by pairing you with fellow advocates from your state and scheduling your congressional meetings.

National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling Pre-Conference Workshops
Jul 26 @ 1:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Learn more about the National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling Pre-Conference Workshops at

30-Hour Basic Training for Problem Gambling
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm

OAPGG is hosting an online, live basic training for counselors seeking certification for problem gambling. The training will take place over four days: October 6 and 13 and November 3 and 10, 2023. Each day will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30, with a one-hour break for lunch.

Registration is free for those in the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse region (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma), with funding from the Kansas City Port Authority Problem Gambling Fund Advisory Committee. For those outside the MCPGSA region, the cost of the training is $300.

Participants who complete the training will receive 30 hours of CEUs and will be eligible to join the case consultation group.

Register here.

Understanding Gambling-Motivated Crime
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This two-hour presentation explores criminal consequences for people who have a history of problematic gambling including how commission of a gambling-motivated crime is connected to the social and economic consequences of Gambling Disorder. Findings allow for fuller understanding of the different ways people with Gambling Disorder become involved in the carceral system, primarily for acquisitional crimes to support gambling and/or to pay off gambling “related” debts. Additionally, Dr. Malkin explores the issues people with Gambling Disorder face through the criminal justice system, including in correctional facilities. An understanding of the potential for gambling treatment diversion programs/courts are discussed, as well as information on which individuals would best be served by diversion. She includes details of her lived experiences as well. The presentation includes suggestions for counselors and others who have clients who may have been involved in gambling-motivated crimes.

Learning Objectives- At the end, you will be able to:

1. To connect Gambling Disorder progression with the commission of gambling-motivated crimes

2. To identify the relationship between social, economic, and legal consequences of problem gambling and gambling-motivated crime

3. To identify 5 ways the criminal justice system could provide more resources for problem gamblers, including the potential for gambling treatment diversion courts/programs

4. To identify 7 tools and strategies for practitioners who treat problem gamblers who maybe facing criminal prosecution for gambling-motivated crimes

This workshop is 2.0 hours in length. It is FREE to attend.

NYCPG Veteran Symposium
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

This year we are kicking the NYCPG Conference off with our Veteran Symposium on Tuesday March 5th at 2PM. The Veteran Symposium is included in your conference registration and has 3 hours of CEU’s (pending). Please join us as we come together to discuss the unique challenges faced when serving the veteran population.

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Making the Connection: Addressing Problem Gambling in Military and Veteran Populations
Presenter: Heather Chapman, Ph.D. ICGCII BACC

3:10PM – 4:45PM
Problem Gambling Among Veterans: A Discussion of the Task at Hand
Moderator: Jonathan Crandall, BSW, CRPA, VSR
Panelists: Dr. Heather Chapman, David Yeager,
Shirley Hoak, Shawna Black, Gavin Walters , Danielle Koulermos

Gambling Motivated Crime Webinar
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The speaker, Michelle L. Malkin, JD, PhD will explore the potential criminal consequences for people who have a history of Gambling Disorder.

To register email or call (860) 822-4235.

Arkansas Problem Gambling Council Annual Symposium
Apr 18 @ 8:00 am – Apr 19 @ 4:30 pm

Join the Arkansas Problem Gambling Council for its Annual Symposium. This year’s Theme ” The Price of Recovery” will provide – up to 12 CEUs for clinicians, counselors, peers and the general public to aid in prevention, treatment services and intervention resources with mental health & gambling addiction/financial literacy . April 18th-19th, 2024 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
No Cost Registration for Students & General Public.

Keynotes: Dr. Rory Pfund, University of Memphis,TN -Research Director, The Gambling Clinic
*Panel & Session Speakers:
Dr. Buster Lackey, PhD NAMI Executive Director
Carlton Saffa, Director,Saracen Casino
Tricia Curreri, Edward Jones
Tiffany Baker, American Indian Center of Arkansas

This years theme is the Price of Recovery with some of the following topics:
Defining Problem Gambling
Co-Occurring Addictions
Self Screening & Assessments
Ethics for Effective Monitoring
Federal Funding & State Advocacy
Fraud & Financial Literacy Wellness
Peer Recovery & Support
Responsible Gaming Technology
Adolescent Addictions in Gaming

Problem Gambling Advocacy Day
May 23 all-day

Every voice makes a difference on Advocacy Day. It’s your chance to speak out in favor of problem gambling awareness, educate your legislators on the importance of strong public policies, and share impactful stories from your community.

At the end of the day, lawmakers rarely remember facts and figures. They remember the faces and stories of the people they represent.

17th Annual Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling
May 23 – May 24 all-day

The Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling is an annual professional education and networking event addressing this significant community health issue that affects as many as 6% of Nevada adults. The conference attracts addiction and mental health professionals and interested stakeholder groups including Prevention, Education, Research, Government, Gaming Industry and the Recovery Community.


Funded in part through a grant from the State of Nevada Problem Gambling Prevention & Treatment Fund.