Free Three Hour Webinar on Overview of Problem Gambling

February 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Free Three Hour Webinar on Overview of Problem Gambling


Webinar Description:


The normative and pervasive nature of gambling behaviors in the United States can desensitize us to the problems that can occur when a person’s view of gambling shifts from entertainment to fixation. Recently reassigned in the DSM 5 from an impulse control disorder to a behavioral addiction, disordered and problem gambling affects 2-5% of adults and twice as many adolescents.  Confounding the issues of problem identification, referral, and treatment is a lack of awareness on the part of service providers, clients, family members and the general public that, for some people, gambling can become an addiction, with devastating impacts, like problematic alcohol or other drug use.  As state governments turn more to legalized gambling as a source of revenue, studies indicate that vulnerable populations: lower socio-economic status, disenfranchised, and people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, are disproportionally impacted in harmful ways.  This training will address the social and environmental factors which influence gambling; gender and race considerations; and how our biology creates conditions conducive to the pursuit of risk and reward.  This training will also help to raise awareness about gambling for providers and encourage staff to include gambling in the conversation when discussing mental health and substance use disorders.


Educational Objectives

1.             Describe the progression of gambling from recreational to disordered gambling;

2.             Discuss two (2) features in gaming that resemble gambling;

3.             Identify three (3) resources in my community that are gambling-informed.



Jeremy Wampler, LCSW, LADC, ICGC-II, BACC, Behavioral Health Clinical Manager / Director, DMHAS, Problem Gambling Services

Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC, AADC, Associate Professional Counselor / Clinical Director, DMHAS, Problem Gambling Services

Stephen Matos, RSS, ICGC-II, Bettor Choice Peer Counselor, MCCA

Three (3) Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) CEUs will be provided for attending the training and completing the evaluation.  Three (3) National Association of Social Worker (NASW) CEUs are pending approval.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please RSVP to Ellen Cipolla at