Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Gambling Disorder Stages Series

PGNO's Gambling Disorder Stages Training offers three levels of specialized education on gambling, problem gambling, and gambling disorder. Participants throughout the series will learn about Ohio's gambling service system and how to implement treatment and prevention strategies within the communities they serve. Treatment professionals who complete all three courses in their entirety will obtain the 30 hours necessary to apply for the Preliminary GAMB Endorsement, add gambling to their scope of competency, or prepare for the ICGC Examination.

Additional education can be obtained through Gambling Disorder Case Presentations or the Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference. PGNO also provides virtual supervision on a bimonthly basis for gambling treatment professionals. For questions regarding training or providing gambling treatment services, contact us at

Stage I: Gambling, Problem Gambling, and Ohio's Service System

Stage I provides 12 CEUs of gambling-specific education and serves as an introduction to the world of gambling and problem gambling, with a focus on Ohio's current service system. Participants will hear from experts in the field of prevention and treatment, recovery advocates, and partners in regulation and operation. Topics covered include:

  • The current climate of gambling and gambling expansion
  • Problem gambling risks and warning signs
  • At-risk populations and co-morbidities of problem gambling with substance abuse and mental illness
  • Introduction to screening and assessment
  • Current treatment models, including Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • New and emerging trends in gambling and gaming
  • Legislative updates and how to work with and engage your agency, board, and community

Stage II: Application & Approaches in Treating Gambling Disorder

Stage II provides 12 CEUs of gambling-specific education that will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of how to treat Gambling Disorder. This training is more clinically focused and will discuss at length evidence-based treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. This training utilizes case examples and other activities and has an emphasis on participation. Other topics covered include:

  • Treatment planning
  • Inpatient vs outpatient care
  • Individualized and group settings
  • How to effectively discuss finances with clients and families

Stage III: Understanding the Roles of Family & Finance in Problem Gambling

This advanced training provides 6 CEUs in gambling-specific education on family and finances. Clinicians seeking to provide treatment for gambling disorders may find themselves addressing areas unique to problem gambling, such as financial management or the impact family members can have on recovery. Attendees will receive the education and tools they need to competently address family and finances in treatment planning. Topics covered include:

  • Barriers to financial management
  • The social stigma of finances
  • Developing a financial plan
  • Family as a catalyst for gambling
  • Impact of gambling on family members
  • Utilizing family in recovery planning

Upcoming Stages Trainings


Wednesday, March 15, 202310:00 amFriday, March 17, 20233:00 pm
Stage I provides 12 CEUs of gambling-specific education that will increase participants’ knowledge of gambling and gambling expansion, risks and warning signs, and co-morbidities of problem gambling.

Wednesday, March 29, 202310:00 amFriday, March 31, 20233:00 pm
Stage I provides 12 CEUs of gambling-specific education that will increase participants’ knowledge of gambling and gambling expansion, risks and warning signs, and co-morbidities of problem gambling.

Wednesday, April 19, 202310:00 amFriday, April 21, 20233:00 pm
This Stage II is intended for prevention professionals and builds upon the basic concepts from Stage I and provides participants the opportunity to apply community-based prevention skills to problem gambling issues in their communities.

Wednesday, April 26, 202310:00 amFriday, April 28, 20233:00 pm
Stage II builds on the Stage I training, aimed at conceptualization, treatment planning, and treatment delivery for those presenting with problem gambling and gambling disorder.

Thursday, May 18, 20239:00 amFriday, May 19, 202312:15 pm
Stage III: Introduction to the Roles of Family & Finances in Treating Gambling Disorder is a training that encompasses education on two components of treating gambling disorder.
Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
355 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 285
Columbus, Ohio 43235

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