Courses Approved

by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board and the Mental Health & Addictions Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) for up to 12 continuing education units.

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About Courses

This collection of 6 courses is designed to be as convenient and flexible as possible for busy professionals. The courses can be accessed in any order. We have placed them in an order that makes sense to us; however, you can choose as many or as few as you would like and complete them in the order you prefer. 

Within each course, you will find a series of topics. Video clips, power point presentations and/or internet links are provided under topics. You are free to take as much time as you need to review these resources. Once you have reviewed and mastered the content of each topic within a course, you will be required to pass a short quiz before proceeding to new topics. You must pass all of the quizzes before you are eligible for verification that you have successfully completed a course.

We suggest you take your time, view content as many times as you like, and access suggested readings and resources when possible. It is not necessary to complete a course in a single sitting. You are free to open and close a course as many times as you like. Some course topics include videos of actors using scripts from real sessions. This provides authenticity while protecting client privacy. 

Each course is structured in a similar manner. Once you get used to the format of any course, it will be familiar to you as you proceed to additional courses. The content, however, is different and the activities may vary from course to course. 

We ask you to have an open attitude as you go through these courses. At times it may seem as if we are reviewing what you already know. However, paying close attention is likely to provide an opportunity to realize subtle differences and important nuances in problem gambling treatment and supervision. Finally, we hope you enjoy this learning format and that these courses support your many contributions to counselors, clients, and agencies.

Please note that the courses are funded by the State of Oregon and Oregon Council on Problem Gambling.


Senior Instructor Teresa McDowell

Teresa McDowell, Ed.D., LMFT is the author of Oregon's manual for working with families in problem gambling treatment and creator of this learning series. Teresa is professor emerita at Lewis & Clark where she served as department chair and co-founder of Lewis & Clark's Problem Gambling Services. Dr. McDowell has been a family therapy educator and clinician for over 30 years. She has published two books and authored more than 50 published articles and chapters.

Senior Instructor Rick Berman

Rick Berman, MA, LPC, CADC III, CGAC II developed much of the content of this course, inviting problem gambling specialists from throughout Oregon to share their expertise. Rick specialized in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He trained and supervised addictions and mental health counselors for more than 20 years and in recent years his work focused more specifically on problem gambling. He has presented at national problem gambling conferences in Canada and the United States. He is the past coordinator of Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services and instructed Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification Courses for many years.


Enrollment in this course bundle is free of charge.