NCPG Webinar Series

NCPG hosts regular webinars on important topics in problem gambling and responsible gambling.

Webinars are FREE for NCPG Members and are open to non-members for $59 per webinar. 

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With the passage of the Expanded Gaming Act in 2011, Massachusetts authorized the development of a casino industry in the state. During the subsequent eight years, three resort casinos were built in the cities of Plainville, Springfield, and Everett. These casinos brought immediate economic benefit to the Commonwealth in the form of local job creation, tourism revenue, tax revenue, and local aid. In addition, the social impacts of introducing casinos with electronic gaming machines and table games into the state have been documented by the SEIGMA team over the last decade with some surprising, and some not so surprising, results. The recent legalization of sports betting will bring a new gambling format to the Massachusetts gambling landscape. The economic and social impacts of such a venture can only be speculated upon at this early stage; however, previous work done by the research team can provide an idea of the potential impacts the introduction of sports betting may bring to the Commonwealth over time.

This webinar is generously sponsored and presented free of charge by the Norman Raschkowan Foundation and presented in partnership with McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.



Dr. Rachel Volberg is a sociologist by training and has been involved in research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985.  She has directed or consulted on numerous studies internationally, published extensively, and advised governments and private sector organizations on issues relating to gambling legalization, the epidemiology of problem gambling and public policy approaches to developing and refining services for problem gamblers and their families.  In addition to her independent consulting company, Dr. Volberg is currently a Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on the faculty of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.  In this position, she is the Principal Investigator on two major studies funded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission: the ongoing Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study and the completed Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study. 

Unveiled: Problem Gambling Screening and Assessment E-Books!


Since 2020, the NCPG Treatment Committee has been working on a project to support clinicians who may encounter individuals and families struggling with gambling-related problems. The Committee worked diligently to review research and collect expert input to develop two manuals for use by the mental health and addiction fields: the Gambling Assessment Manual and the Problem Gambling Screening Standards Manual. Join experts and members of the NCPG Treatment Committee as they unveil these new tools! During this session, panelists will review the purpose, content and use cases for these manuals.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.


Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC, CGT, AADC
Associate Professional Counselor, Connecticut Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services

Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, has provided clinical oversight for the treatment and integration programs for Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) in Connecticut since 2014.  Prior to his work with DMHAS, he provided treatment for individuals impacted by gambling disorder and affected loved ones in the roles of supervisor and clinician of a Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program.  Fred is the chair of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Treatment Committee.

Assistant Director, Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Tana Russell became Assistant Director at 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), Certified Gambling Disorder Trainer (CGT), and completed extensive training on video/internet gaming disorder.  She serves on the NCPG treatment subcommittee and is a member of the Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee and was a part of the Washington State Problem Gambling Task Force.  

Curtis Dorsey, M.Ed., CCS, CADC-II, ICGC-II, BACC, SAP, MATS
Addiction Counselor, Grady Health Systems

Curtis Dorsey is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Curtis is a counseling educator, with 20 yrs. in clinical and instructional counseling experience and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, Board Approved Clinical Consultant, Substance Abuse Professional/Dept. of Transportation, and Medically Assisted Treatment Specialist. Curtis provides clinical supervision for initial and re-certifications.

Lori rUGLE, pH.d., NCGCII
Director of Problem Gambling Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut

Lori Rugle, Ph.D. has worked in the field of problem gambling treatment and research since 1984.  Her career has included the treatment of problem gamblers and their families in both public and private inpatient, residential and outpatient programs.  She has provided consultation for state funded problem gambling programs throughout the US and internationally.  Her research has included treatment outcome, attention deficits among pathological gamblers, neuroimaging and pharmacotherapy with problem gamblers, coping skills among homeless problem gamblers and PTSD among pathological gamblers.  Currently, Dr. Rugle is Director of Problem Gambling Services (PGS) with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut.

NCPG Member Exclusive: Ask An Expert with Hon. Cheryl Moss – Gambling Treatment Diversion Courts

ThurSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - 1:00 PM ET

Drug courts and other therapeutic/diversion courts, including programs for individuals with gambling problems, have been overwhelmingly successful in reducing criminal justice costs and recidivism, saving taxpayer dollars, improving rehabilitation rates for non-violent offenders, increasing restitution paid to victims and improving community health and wellness.

In November 2018, Judge Cheryl Moss became the first judge to preside over Nevada’s first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court. During this interactive webinar Judge Moss will answer questions about how a gambling treatment court runs, how eligibility for the defendants is established, the treatment-centric focus, the cost savings to taxpayers and the improvements to rehabilitation rates.

This session will be a Q&A format followed by structured networking time for all attendees.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.


Hon. Cheryl Moss, JD

Judge Cheryl Moss has served on the bench for over 19 years. In 2001, Judge Moss was the first judge to implement problem gambling assessments in domestic relations cases. In November 2018, Judge Moss became the first judge to preside over Nevada’s first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court (GTDC). In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Moss has volunteered her time to serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Legal Issues, created by the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. Judge Moss graduated from the George Washington University, Washington DC, then attended the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.  

The Urgent Need for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Behavioral Healthcare


Disparities in both access to health services and treatment outcomes have become increasingly evident for individuals from historically underrepresented communities. Social injustice and prejudice impact the health and well-being of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, and difficulty trusting the behavioral healthcare system discourages many people away from seeking help. 

Recognizing these current realities, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) launched an action plan to promote change in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) practices in addiction treatment centers. Many behavioral health providers want to promote health equity, establish a more diverse staff and client base, and create more inclusive work and clinical environments, but they may not know where to begin or how to continuously improve. Just as treatment providers apply the Stages of Change in their work with patients, this model can help leaders chart a path to DEIB best practices. 

This presentation will introduce NAATP’s Stages of Change Model for DEIB Best Practices, which can help providers – both those just starting this work and those who are well on their way – to identify areas for growth and specific action steps. Participants will learn how to use the Assessment Tool within their organizations to develop an action plan, and presenters will share examples of working with treatment providers at various stages of readiness for DEIB work.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.


Annie Peters, PhD, LP
Director of Research and Education, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

Annie Peters is Director of Research and Education at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). She is Executive Director of the NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education, leading the national FoRSE Addiction Treatment Outcomes Program to further understand substance use disorders through collaborative quality improvement and research.  Dr. Peters is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the field since 2006, with experience in assessment, psychotherapy, process improvement, compliance, counselor education, and clinical leadership.

Zina Rodriguez, MSW, MCAP, CDE
Co-Founder, Z&D Consulting

Zina Rodriguez is a social worker, certified addiction professional, and certified diversity executive whose mission is to collaborate with organizations with creating inviting, intentional, and inclusive healing spaces for individuals to achieve mental wellness while creating pathways for success for individuals from underrepresented communities. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the vast disparity in mental health and substance use treatment services for BIPOC and LBGTQ+ communities and the need to address how racial and identity trauma impacts individuals and communities. 


ThurSDAY, March 2 - 12:00 PM ET

The concept of ‘gaming addiction’ has generated significant debate for many years. Among other concerns, opposing views have often cited the lack of consistency and standardization in the evidence base. With the recent inclusion of ‘6C51 Gaming disorder’ and ‘QE22 Hazardous Gaming’ in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), the field has formal classifications that appear likely to propel the study of problem gaming forward. This talk will consider some of the important challenges and future directions of the gaming disorder field. Which areas of research are most needed to strengthen the evidence base for the condition, as we look ahead to the DSM-6? What technological trends and emerging gaming developments might affect the study of gaming disorder? What does the field need now?

This webinar is generously sponsored and presented free of charge by the Norman Raschkowan Foundation and presented in partnership with McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.



Dr. Daniel King is an Associate Professor and clinical psychologist in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work, Flinders University. His expertise is the study of digital technology-based problems, with a focus on online gaming, simulated gambling, and social media. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including the first scholarly book on gaming disorder, and received funding from the Australian Research Council to study maladaptive gaming. He has provided consultation on gaming and gambling for national and international authorities, including the World Health Organization, and is an Associate Editor for Addiction and Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

Expanding Access to Gambling Treatment: Telehealth and Web-Based Tools

Tuesday, March 28 - 1:00 pm ET

Treatment providers know the power of in-person treatment. A face-to-face connection has been established as a key component of creating change. However, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted industry-wide increases in teletherapy services that are here to stay. Stakeholders across the healthcare space must be prepared for this evolving treatment landscape, evaluating both the costs and the benefits.

This webinar will include a conversation about the use of telehealth or teletherapy with gambling clients. The session will also explore the evidence that exists for making personal connections with clients and address ways that clinicians can use web-based tools to ease treatment engagement for those who are hesitant and battle client premature disengagement with treatment.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.


James Whelan, phd
Professor and Director of The Institute for Gambling Education and Research, The University of Memphis

James P. Whelan, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Director of The Institute for Gambling Education and Research. Within The Institute he has overseen the both the research lab and the treatment clinic for over 20 years. Presently, he is the principle architect of The Institute’s initiative to develop a research center responsible for all individuals living in the state of Tennessee – a project funded by Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. His research spans prevention, assessment, and treatment of gambling related harms.