Problem Gambling Awareness Webinar Series


Coordinated by the Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team

Training Descriptions and Learning Objectives

Introduction to Gambling Disorder – Part 1

Kaitlin Foshay Brown LPC, LADC, ICGC II, BACC and Stephen Matos, ICGC II

July 29 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Introduction to Gambling Disorder – Part 2 

Kaitlin Foshay Brown and Stephen Matos

August 12 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

This webinar will discuss an overview of gambling disorder. Participant will develop an understanding of what is considered gambling, the progression from gambling for fun to struggling with problems relating to gambling, similarities/differences to substance use/mental health issues as well as evidence based clinical intervention to be used with clients in treatment. Trainers will aid participants in how to infuse gambling education/awareness into the work that is already being provided as well as discuss DSM 5 criteria, screening tools used in treatment, referral process, and certification overview for anyone who may be interested. This webinar will be held in 2 sessions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 risk factors for developing a problem with gambling
  2. Describe 3 ways gambling is similar & different from substance use
  3. Obtain 2 resources for help in CT

Gaming 101

Kaitlin Foshay Brown and Stephen Matos

August 26 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Last year, the video game industry’s sales exceeded $49B at the same time Video Gaming Disorder was officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Loot boxes, microtransactions, skins, and esports are buzz words that are sparking interest in the prevention, education and treatment world.  In this workshop, we will discuss the blurred lines between gaming & gambling. We will identify the similarities, risk factors associated particularly with the youth demographic, warning signs, and strategies to help limit the potential harm. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to the conversation by sharing their own experiences and engaging in interactive activities that can be used with students, clients or to promote overall awareness.

Learning objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Understand 3 correlations between gambling & gaming
  2. Recognize 5 risk factors associated with gaming
  3. Identify 2 resources available for help in CT

Working with Persons Affected by Problem Gambling

Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC, AADC and Stephen Matos

September 9 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Clients seeking help for a gambling problem often present in full blown crisis: recent arrest, home foreclosure, loss of job, etc.  While the clinician needs to focus on the gambler and situation at hand, it is important to understand who else might be in distress.  “Persons affected” include spouse, significant other, sibling, parent, minor and adult children, employer and friends.  Our traditional treatment models focus on the identified client, and getting the individual into treatment.  However, there are significant impacts on those close to the gambler who also need support and strategies.  Loved ones are significantly affected by problem and disordered gambling, and according to the National Council on Problem Gambling, “it is estimated that 8-10 people are affected by one individual’s gambling problem.”  This training will be the first step in helping clinicians determine who else might be impacted by the gambler, how they are being impacted, and what might be done to assist the person or people who are most often the worst impacted by the gambler’s conduct.

Learning objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Identify 3 ways that a Person Affected is impacted by problem gambling behavior.
  2. Describe at least 2 strategies for a Person Affected to protect their finances.
  3. Discuss resources available for Persons Affected by problem gambling.



Kaitlin Brown is the Director of Programs & Services with the CT Council on Problem Gambling. She is a licensed clinician, internationally certified gambling counselor & board approved clinical consultant with NCPG with over 10 years experience in the field of problem gambling. Kaitlin oversees the statewide problem gambling helpline, prevention initiatives, training & responsible gambling efforts in CT. Kaitlin has previously worked as a therapist for two Bettor Choice gambling specific treatment programs in CT and is an advocate for increased awareness of problem gambling as a public health issue.

Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), ICGC-II (International Certified Gambling Counselor), BACC (Board Approved Clinical Consultant), AADC (Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), is the Clinical Director of Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) in Connecticut.  Prior to his work with DMHAS, he provided treatment at United Community & Family Services (UCFS) for gamblers and persons affected by gambling in Eastern Connecticut for seven years in the roles of Supervisor and clinician of the Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program.

Fred was also a substance abuse clinician in an Opioid Treatment Program for nearly two years at Community Substance Abuse Centers (CSAC) in Hartford.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Eastern Connecticut State University and his Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Fairfield University.  Fred is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) and is the chair of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Treatment Committee.

Stephen Matos is a person in long-term recovery of over 32 years from gambling, alcohol and as a person affected from problem gambling.  After retiring from the State of CT DOT as an operations manager in 2012, Stephen began working for The Connection’s Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program and MCCA’s Bettor Choice Program as a Peer Counselor and Recovery Support Specialist.  Stephen facilitates recovery groups, family support groups along with seeing clients individually focusing on supporting those with gambling disorders and their family members along the road of recovery.  Stephen works closely with the DMHAS Problem Gambling Services and the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling in the facilitation of trainings, prevention, awareness activities and manages PGS gambling recovery support grant providing recovery opportunities for persons in recovery from problem and persons affected by it.  He has presented on peer support related issues at the 2015 National Conference on Problem Gambling, CCAR’s Pathways to Recovery Conference in 2016, honored with the CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Recovery Award in 2015 and presented at their State Conference in 2017.  Stephen is a graduate of Advocacy Unlimited Recovery University, certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and has completed CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy and is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II).


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