Meets the ICGC Guidelines : From Gambling to Gambling Disorder – A Clinical Perspective

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Start Time

8:00 am

End Time

5:00 pm

About the Event

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Session 1 – April 25-26, 2024
Session 2 – May 30-31, 2024
Sessions 1 & 2 together at a discounted fee – $175
Session 3 – September 26-27, 2024
Session 4 – October 24-25, 2024
Sessions 3 & 4 together at a discounted fee – $175
All 4 Sessions – Bundle and Save! – $300

Times: Thursdays 8am – 5pm  –  Fridays 8am – 4pm
(1 hours lunch on your own)


Holiday Inn Pewaukee – Milwaukee West
N14 W24140 Tower Place
Pewaukee, WI  53072

Phone: (262)506-6300
Please refer to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling when making reservations.

Jim Aro Scholarship for Sessions 1-2

Lynn Carlson Scholarship for Sessions 3-4


Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. He has over 38 years’ of experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer, and presenter. Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by behavioral health disorders including Substance Use Disorder, Gambling Disorder, and Gaming Disorder. Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Trainer, and Speaker with a specialty in Gambling/Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming/Gaming Disorder.

About the training:

These sessions are designed for those counselors who are or plan to be working with problem gamblers and their families in a variety of clinical settings. We welcome participants from the criminal  justice field, the employee assistance field, the faith and pastoral care traditions, educators, the gaming industry, the recovering community and others to our programs. Though the information is designed for counselors to incorporate into their clinical practice we hope all of our participants, no matter who they may be, will learn about the effects of gambling disorder on the individual, family, and community and use the information to help those who fall into their own professional scope of practice. Completion of 30 hours of gambling-specific training education may allow participants to become eligible as a referral source for the WCPG’s 1-800-426-2535 Helpline.

Following completion of Sessions 1 and 2 thirty-hour training and education program, counselors will be ready to assess, screen, and evaluate for gambling problems among their caseloads and among those who  present for care. They will be ready to intervene in a crisis, assist in preparation of restitution plans, refer clients for appropriate levels of care, and begin the treatment planning process, etc. Following completion of the “From Gambling to Gambling Disorder – A Clinical Perspective”, counselors will be prepared to work with family, significant others, and special populations. They will be able to present salient patient education topics to clients and families, prepare court reports, assist with complete asset protection plans, and use an array of clinical strategies focusing on impulse control and self-regulation interventions in the treatment of gambling disorders, etc.

The training for clinical professionals is a total of 60 hours of gambling-specific training and education sessions. Participants who successfully complete the entire 60 hours are then encouraged to begin the International Certification process.

Continuing Education Hours:

Continuing Education for 15 hours each session has been applied for with the following:
Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), Employee  Assistance Certification Commission (EACC), International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB), Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


  • Ability to identify, discuss and incorporate current definitions of gambling, problem gambling, gambling disorder and related terminology into clinical process activities.
  • Discuss and incorporate data and concepts of the historical and current prevalence and impacts of gambling, problem gambling and gambling disorder into clinical activities.
  • Identify, explain, discuss and integrate state and federal definitions and regulations of gambling including ongoing changes and modifications that impact gambling that is legal vs illegal including Wisconsin specific details.
  • Develop knowledge and ability to use problem gambling and gambling disorder screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment clinical tools, skills and techniques to work with individuals/family members/others whose lives are negatively impacted by gambling/problem gambling/gambling disorder.

*Session 1 is a prerequisite for Session 2.


  • Identify, discuss and differentiate the impacts and effects of gambling on the majority of the world and on the small percentage of individuals who experience brain function related changes that may result in gambling disorder.
  • Explain and discuss gambling disorder in terms of risk factors, characteristics, defenses and cognitive distortions and incorporation of these realities into a clinical process.
  • Identify, explain, compare and contrast gambling disorder treatment issues, techniques, phenomenon and utilization in clinical practice settings.
  • Identify, explain, discuss and provide multiple self-help and recovery related support groups and other resources to compare and contrast different resources that can provide ongoing support for clients in support of change and recovery processes for problem gambling and gambling disorder.

*Must provide proof of Session 1 completion.


  • Identify, discuss and explain multiple categories of humanness issues and factors that can have impacts on and be components of working with gambling, problem gambling and gambling disorder.
  • Identify, discuss, explain and compare/contrast the involvement of humanness issues and factors on individuals involved with gambling, problem gambling and gambling disorder.
  • Explain, discuss and offer examples of the changes in and impacts of the internet on gamblers and the world of gambling.
  • Compare and contrast different definitions of gambling in various US States, other countries, multiple individuals/websites/organizations and then support attendees to decide on how they will define the term gambling for themselves and for integration into their clinical work with gambling/problem gambling/ gambling disorder.

*Must provide proof of Session 1 and 2 completion.


  • Identify, define, describe and discuss general and specific issues and impacts of women and online gambling/problem gambling/gambling disorder.
  • Identify, discuss and compare/contrast the multiple factors that connect gambling disorder with suicide and relapse.
  • Present gambling treatment specialty topics on financial issues, workplace impacts, sports gambling update, gray areas of gambling and tax impacts of gambling.
  • Provide basic information and detail and begin discussion on Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Non-Fungible Tokens, metaverse and gambling impacts of these new, fast evolving and impactful technological issues.

*Must provide proof of Session 1, 2  and 3 completion.

· A $25.00 administration fee will be charged for cancellations.

· No cancellations will be refunded after the training registration deadline. Credit will be issued for this fee good for any WCPG training within 12 months.

The cost includes training and training materials. Lunch is on your own.