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Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Basics of Program Evaluation

During this webinar, participants will learn the essentials of program evaluation and the important role evaluation can play in grant applications, program implementation, and program improvement. Funders and stakeholders increasingly want to know exactly what outcomes programs expect to achieve and how that impact is being tracked. However, articulating the value and effectiveness of programs—particularly of small grant programs–can seem impossibly difficult. This webinar is tailored to the basics of program evaluation, including types of evaluation, evaluation designs, measurement, implementation, and reporting, specifically for small grants and programs.

The webinar is a starting point that will help participants answer the following questions for their programs: What does success look like? How do we achieve results? And how do we measure our results with limited resources? The session will provide participants with resources to get started and will focus on how high-quality evaluations not only strengthen applications but also improve the quality and impact of work during program implementation.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenter

Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

Matthew W. Courser, Ph.D.

Matthew Courser is a Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). He is an evaluator and research methodologist who works in the areas of substance use prevention, treatment, and community systems development. He has supported and evaluated state-level and community-level problem gambling prevention and treatment initiatives in Ohio since 2015. Dr. Courser specializes in working with Appalachian and rural communities to build community capacity and to address the social determinants of health. His work has been funded by NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, and ACF.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Agility Grants Spring 2024 Info Session

This 60-minute webinar will provide information on how to apply for Agility Grant funding. Geared for first-time applicants, the webinar is designed to help you to submit your best application possible. During the webinar, we will review the essentials of applying, including:

  • Strategic pillars & program principles
  • Who can apply for Agility Grants
  • Examples of eligible projects
  • How to apply: An overview of the application platform
  • Common application pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Tips to strengthen your project proposal
  • Q & A

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Preparing for Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2024

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month! PGAM is designed to raise public awareness about problem gambling and increase of prevention, treatment and recovery services. This webinar will include a preview of the new PGAM 2024 awareness toolkit materials and a brief overview of Gambling Disorder Screening Day, by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

This webinar is free to the public, but registration is required.

Presenters

Director of Communications, National Council on Problem Gambling

Cait Huble, MA, MBA

Cait Huble originally served as NCPG’s first Communications Manager from 2017 to 2019 and returned in December 2021 as Director of Communications. In this role she is responsible for leading communications strategy, including public awareness and education, media relations, and brand partnerships.

Community Health Educator, Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance

Caitlyn Matykiewicz, MPH

Caitlyn Matykiewicz is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with several grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Mrs. Matykiewicz conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

Community Health Educator, Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance

Kira Landauer, MPH

Kira Landauer is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Ms. Landauer conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including overseeing the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Cultural Humility In Practice: Building Bridges For Inclusivity

By embracing cultural humility, professionals can better understand the unique needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds. This webinar will provide a platform for problem gambling professionals, researchers and advocates to deepen their understanding of how cultural humility can foster inclusivity and improve outcomes for individuals and communities impacted by gambling-related harm. Attendees will gain insights into best practices and practical strategies for creating culturally sensitive, inclusive and effective problem gambling prevention, intervention and treatment programs.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Prevention Coordinator, DMHAS PGS

Haley Brown

Haley Brown is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services. She is certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Suffolk University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education. Haley is the former President of the Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals and the former Project Director of the Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Drug-Free Communities Coalition. She has been working in the prevention field since 2011.

Treatment Director And Vice President, Clinical & Forensic Institute, Inc.

Vanessa Fernandez, ICGC-II

Ms. Vanessa Fernandez is Treatment Director and Vice President of the Clinical & Forensic Institute, Inc. (CFI), with offices in Broward and West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an ICGC-II providing therapeutic services in both English and Spanish. She has over 15 years’ experience working with diverse populations including those suffering from Gambling Disorder, substance use disorders, paraphilic disorders and severe and persistent mental illness. She serves as Co-Chair of NCPG’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ask An Expert With Carolene Layugan – Responsible Gambling Firsts, Caesars’ Policies & Program

NCPG Members are invited to join this ‘Ask an Expert’ Webinar featuring Carolene Layugan, Responsible Gaming Program Director for Caesars. Carolene will answer questions about Caesars’ fundamental philosophy underpinning their responsible gambling policies and programs, highlight key milestones in the program’s evolution and provide an overview of Caesars’ current endeavors.

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.

Presenter

Responsible Gaming Program Director, Caesars

Carolene Layugan

Carolene Layugan is the Director of Responsible Gaming at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and has been with the company since January 2000. Carolene helps administer RG strategy and oversees training on its RG Program. Caroline currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the NCPG and is a board member with the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. Caroline served as a board member with Caesars Entertainment’s HERO Volunteer Committee, the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, and the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. She is active in local and national AAPI organizations.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

The Hidden Battle: Addressing Problem Gambling Among Veterans

An exploration of the often-overlooked challenge of problem gambling among veterans, this webinar will investigate the prevalence, causes and consequences of problem gambling within the US military veteran community and provide insights into effective prevention and support strategies. Participants will explore the ways military culture may predispose veterans to developing a gambling problem. Additionally, the webinar will shed light on the correlation between suicidal tendencies and problem gambling among veterans. Understanding these complex dynamics can play a pivotal role in shaping a more compassionate and informed approach to supporting veterans impacted by gambling-related harm, ultimately contributing to a safer environment for those who have served.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenter

Veteran Outreach Coordinator, NY Council On Problem Gambling

Jonathan R. Crandall

Jonathan Crandall is the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG). He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Keuka College, is a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CRPA), certified in Veteran-Supported Recovery (VSR), co-chair of the military committee for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Enhancing Responsible Gambling: Empowering Our Partners For Positive Impact

During Responsible Gaming Education Month, NCPG seeks to highlight two of its own initiatives that aim to strengthen consumer safeguards and promote responsible gambling practices. The Responsible Gambling Verification Program and the Internet Compliance Assessment Program are pivotal in evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of responsible gambling strategies, plans and governance. Learn more about these programs and how the standards and rigorous evaluation process can help organizations plan and implement effective responsible gambling in all aspects of their operations.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Programs Manager, National Council On Problem Gambling

Amanda Quintana

Amanda Quintana is the Program Manager at the National Council on Problem Gambling, where she is responsible for sustaining and strengthening NCPG’s programs and provides leadership and expertise in problem gambling prevention, education, responsible gambling, treatment, research, and recovery. Prior to her current position, Amanda managed a regional network of licensed mental health professionals, ensuring individuals and families impacted by problem gambling received the necessary treatment and support. She has a rich background in community-based addiction services and recently graduated from the esteemed Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master’s degree in Population Health Management.

Partner, Gambling Integrity

Sarah Ramanauskas

Sarah Ramanauskas works with regulators, gambling operators, lottery operators and NGOs worldwide, helping to enhance and improve player protection and reduce gambling harm. In particular, she is the assessor for NCPG’s iCAP certification. She also provides pro bono support to charities and social enterprises which aim to reduce gambling addiction and its associated harms. She is a frequent speaker and judge for responsible gambling events and awards. She holds a Masters in English Literature from Oxford University.

Vice President Operations, NASPL

Andrew White, M.ED.

Currently in his 25th year at NASPL, Andrew White has served as the VP Operations since 2013. In this role, he works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the association continues to be innovative, stays true to its mission, and serves the lottery industry. White’s current focus includes CSR, RG, Standards, and Best Practices. Other areas of work include Membership Services, Electronic Media and A/V Production, Government Relations, Event Planning, and Tradeshows. White is a graduate of Edinboro University.

Corporate Responsibility Director, Michigan Bureau Of State Lottery

Keesha Garrett

Keesha Garrett is the Corporate Responsibility Director at the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery with over 20 years dedicated to public service. Prior to joining the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery in April 2022, Keesha was a Civil Rights Manager with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, responsible for protecting the civil rights of Michigan residents. As the Corporate Responsibility Director of the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery, Keesha oversees Michigan Lottery’s responsible gaming program, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and ADA compliance.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

A Roadmap For Including The Lived Experience Perspective

During Recovery Month and throughout the year, NCPG strives to elevate the voices of individuals in recovery from a gambling problem. Learning from those with lived experience provides a unique but critical perspective. This webinar will highlight how Betknowmore, a charity addressing gambling-related harm in UK communities, has implemented real-world strategies for considering the views of those with lived experience and worked to incorporate these perspectives into each piece of the organization. Attendees will explore ways to adapt their current problem gambling and responsible gambling initiatives through a lived experience lens to provide a more comprehensive approach to prevention, education, treatment and recovery efforts.

There are no CEs available for this webinar.

Presenters

Head Of External Affairs, Betknowmore UK

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is Head of External Affairs for Betknowmore UK. The charity is part of the National Gambling Support Network and runs peer support services, women’s only programmes, community outreach work across the UK as well as preventative training and consultancy for the industry through its global arm. Matt amongst other members of the team has lived experience of gambling harm with over 8 years in sustained recovery. His background is in the media industry where he spent well over a decade.

Head Of Research And Evaluation, Betknowmore UK

Liz Riley, Ph.D.

With a background in academia, Liz leads on Betknowmore UK’s research activities, conducting applied research that helps shape the charity’s support services, as well as partnering with a wide range of universities and other organisations on diverse research projects that improve our understanding of gambling harms.

Director Of Operations, Betknowmore UK

Anna Niemczewska

Anna Niemczewka is the Director of Operations at Betknowmore UK, a UK charity dedicated to tackling gambling harms by building on the expertise of those with lived experience. Anna works to make sure that the operational barriers in creating services built on lived experience – administrative, technological, organisational and personal – are removed. She’s excited to share how Betknowmore UK does this and to learn from others how they work to ensure this!

Director Of Commercial Affairs, Betknowmore Global

Ben Davies

Ben worked in the gambling industry in the UK for over 15 years before joining Betknowmore to head up the Safer Gambling Training program. Using his industry knowledge and experience he helped to develop the program that has since grown across globally. Ben is now the Director of Commercial Affairs, overseeing all commercial programs within Betknowmore Global.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Culture And Gambling Intersections: Exploring The Influence And Impact

Join us for an engaging webinar as distinguished colleagues delve into the captivating world where culture and gambling intersect. As we kick off a series about culture and gambling, we will discuss the multifaceted dimensions of culture, examining its influences on gambling and risk-taking behaviors. Together, we will explore how culture shapes individuals’ attitudes toward seeking assistance and the impact of stigma and shame, unveiling their intricate connection to cultural contexts. Prepare to explore the complex relationship between culture and gambling with this opportunity to expand your knowledge on a subject that impacts individuals across diverse cultural backgrounds.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming Ltd

Christina Thakor-Rankin

Christina has over 30 years’ experience leading teams across all aspects of the global betting and gambling industry holding senior roles with some of world’s leading brands. She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups and associations across the world, advising on all aspects of betting, gaming and gambling, and continues to serve as a practicing Compliance Officer and trainer with particular focus on Responsible Gambling and AML.

Assistant Professor Department Of Criminal Justice And Criminology, East Carolina University

Michelle Malkin, JD, PH.D.

Michelle Malkin, JD, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University. Dr. Malkin’s research interests focus on problem gambling, gambling-motivated crime, and the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the carceral system. In 2018, she received a research fellowship for her work on women and gambling-motivated crime from the Center for Gaming Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her dissertation on the Problem Gambling, General Strain Theory and Gender received the 2022 Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Agility Grants – Fall 2023 Info Session

This 60-minute webinar will provide information on how to apply for Agility Grant funding. Geared for first-time applicants, the webinar is designed to help you to submit your best application possible. During the webinar, we will review the essentials of applying, including:

  • Strategic pillars & program principles
  • Who can apply for Agility Grants
  • Examples of eligible projects
  • How to apply: An overview of the application platform
  • Common application pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Tips to strengthen your project proposal
  • Q & A

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Advanced Advocacy

This webinar will be the second installment of NCPG’s continued efforts to train members and supporters in problem gambling advocacy. This webinar will focus on direct contacts with legislators. Following the webinar advocates will understand how to identify which legislators to approach about problem gambling, conduct outreach to their offices and communicate with them about your concerns.There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenter

Senior Manager, Government Relations and League Partnerships, National Council on Problem Gambling

Cole Wogoman, J.D.

Cole Wogoman joined NCPG in November 2021. He focuses on advocating for NCPG’s legislative agenda of problem gambling and responsible gambling policies to both the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. Cole also works with NCPG’s Board of Directors, state affiliates, and members on proposed state and local legislation and regulations across the country. Cole is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia. Previously, he served as legislative counsel for D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, advising her on a wide range of issues, including sports gambling, transportation, and agency oversight. Before his time in public service, Cole worked as an associate for the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Mobilizing Local Community Coalitions To Prevent Problem Gambling

Leveraging the coalition model that has been successfully used to reduce substance use prevention, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services and the Connecticut Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations partnered with CADCA to develop a training program that supports a regional, prevention science based approach to address complex community issues such as problem gambling and underage gambling. This webinar will discuss the innovative project undertaken between CADCA and Connecticut to mobilize a data driven regional approach to address problem gambling.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Master Trainer, CADCA

Dorothy Chaney, M.ED.

Dorothy Chaney a Master Trainer with CADCA and is also the Founder of Impact Community Planning Group, an organization committed to supporting coalitions, agencies and individuals to improve the health of their communities and the environments in which they live. Dorothy is committed to equity in community health and works with communities both nationally and internationally to address health disparities and support the development of local solutions to complex problems. For more than 20 years, Dorothy has worked with community-based coalitions to improve community health.

Primary Prevention Services Coordinator, Connecticut Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services Division

Kelly Leppard

Kelly Leppard is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services Division.  Kelly has been working in the prevention field on the local and state level since 2008.  Kelly was formally a Prevention Coordinator for a Drug-Free Communities Coalition and is a Past-President of the Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals.  She has a BA from Western New England University and is graduating this May with a MPA from the University of Connecticut.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Expanding Access To Gambling Treatment: Telehealth And Web-Based Tools

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.

Presenter

Professor And Director Of The Institute For Gambling Education And Research, The University Of Memphis

James Whelan, PH.D.

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.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Raschkowan Webinar Series: Future Directions In Gaming Disorder Research

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.

Presenter

Associate Professor, College Of Education, Psychology, & Social Work, Flinders University, Australia

Dr. Dan King

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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.

Presenters

Director Of Research And Education, National Association Of Addiction Treatment Providers

Annie Peters, Ph.D., LP

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.

Director Of Research And Education, National Association Of Addiction Treatment Providers

Zina Rodriguez, MSW, MCAP, CDE

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, February 16. 2023

Ask An Expert With Hon. Cheryl Moss – Gambling Treatment Diversion Courts

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.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenter

Hon. Cheryl Moss, J.D

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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.

Presenters

Associate Professional Counselor, Connecticut Dept. of Mental Health And Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services

Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, ICGC-II, BACC

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

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.

Addiction Counselor, Grady Health Systems

Curtis Dorsey, M.ED., ICGC-II, BACC

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.

Director Of Problem Gambling Services, The Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services For The State Of Connecticut

Lori Rugle, PH.D., ICGC-II

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.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Raschkowan Webinar Series: Gambling In Massachusetts – From Table Games To Sportsbooks

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.

Presenter

Research Professor, University Of Massachusetts Amherst – Faculty Of The School Of Public Health And Health Sciences; President, Gemini Research

Dr. Rachel Volberg

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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Gearing Up For Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2023 – 20th Anniversary Year!

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), held annually in March, is designed to increase public awareness of problem gambling. 2023 will mark the 20th anniversary of PGAM! The webinar includes a preview of the PGAM 2023 awareness toolkit materials and a brief overview of Gambling Disorder Screening Day, by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Communications Administrator, The National Council On Problem Gambling

Julia Brunson

Julia Brunson joined the National Council on Problem Gambling in May 2022 as a Communications Administrator. In this position, she assists in the development of multi-channel content, manages social media accounts and helps execute communications strategy across all NCPG digital channels.

Community Health Educator, Division On Addiction At Cambridge Health Alliance

Caitlyn Matykiewicz, MPH

Caitlyn Matykiewicz is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with several grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Mrs. Matykiewicz conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

Community Health Educator, Division On Addiction At Cambridge Health Alliance

Kira Landauer, MPH

Kira Landauer is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Ms. Landauer conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including overseeing the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

The Basics Of Program Evaluation – What Everyone Needs To Know To Get Started With Evaluating Their Programs, Initiatives And Strategies

During this webinar, participants will learn the essentials of program evaluation and the important role evaluation can play in grant applications, program implementation, and program improvement. Funders and stakeholders increasingly want to know exactly what outcomes programs expect to achieve and how that impact is being tracked. However, articulating the value and effectiveness of programs—particularly of small grant programs–can seem impossibly difficult. This webinar is tailored to the basics of program evaluation including types of evaluation, evaluation designs, measurement, implementation, and reporting, specifically for small grants and programs. The webinar is a starting point that will help participants answer the following questions for their programs: What does success look like? How do we achieve results? And how do we measure our results with limited resources? The session will provide participants with resources to get started and will focus on how high-quality evaluations not only strengthen applications but also improve the quality and impact of work during program implementation.

*A note for Agility Grant Grantees and Applicants: Participation in this session is strongly encouraged for Agility Grant grantees and future applicants to support strong applications and program implementation. Following this session, Agility Grant grantees and applicants may sign up for a one-hour, one-on-one session with Dr. Courser to help refine and structure the evaluation piece of their Agility Grant application. Priority for this technical assistance will be given to current recipients of NCPG’s Agility Grants, with next priority given to applicants in the Spring 2023 application round before the submission deadline.

This webinar is free to the public, but registration is required.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute For Research And Evaluation (PIRE)

Matthew W. Courser, PH.D.

Matthew Courser is a Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). He is an evaluator and research methodologist who works in the areas of substance use prevention, treatment, and community systems development. He has supported and evaluated state-level and community-level problem gambling prevention and treatment initiatives in Ohio since 2015. Dr. Courser specializes in working with Appalachian and rural communities to build community capacity and to address the social determinants of health. His work has been funded by NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, and ACF.

Research Scientist, Pacific Institute For Research And Evaluation (PIRE)

Tessa Miracle, PH.D., OCPS

Tessa Miracle earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Health Education. She has focused her professional efforts on decreasing substance misuse by supporting community-based intervention, and evaluation. She has served as coordinator and evaluator of statewide initiatives across Ohio to develop statewide and community capacity for the implementation of evidence-based strategies. Through these efforts she facilitated research to improve statewide systems and community health.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

2023 NCPG Program Forecast & Goals

In this live webinar, members of the NCPG leadership team will provide insight into the organization’s strategic goals and plans for 2023.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

Executive Director, National Council On Problem Gambling

Keith Whyte

Keith Whyte became the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in October 1998. NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. NCPG was founded in 1972 and is the oldest and most objective organization on gambling issues.

Previously, Mr. Whyte served as Director of Research for the American Gaming Association where he was responsible for research and public policy issues, including problem gambling. His prior experience includes the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where he dealt with policy issues relating to civil rights, human rights, healthcare, and immigration law. He began his career working on healthcare policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Keith graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Certificate in International Relations. He also studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

President, National Council On Problem Gambling Board Of Directors

Phil Sherwood

Phil Sherwood brings 21 years of experience directing advocacy, government relations, and communication programs across New England. He has led more than 75 advocacy, electoral, public health, and responsible and problem gambling communication campaigns throughout the region. Additionally, Phil has extensive experience managing and directing fundraising efforts for non-profits, issue advocacy, and membership-based organizations. As Director of Communications & Marketing with the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, Phil manages the public relations and communications efforts and recently led the organization through a major rebranding process.

Phil Sherwood