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Problem Gambling

The Problem Gambling Training Partnership (PGTP)

In spring 2016, NAAP was proud to be among the founding organizations comprising a new partnership.

Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Arlene González-Sánchez presenting Kirsty Cardinale, Director of Marketing & Communications at NAAP, with the Proclamation establishing Problem Gambling Awareness Day on March 30, 2016, in Albany, NY.”

Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Arlene González-Sánchez presenting Kirsty Mackay, NAAP’s Director of Communications & Marketing, with the Proclamation establishing Problem Gambling Awareness Day on March 30, 2016, in Albany, NY.

This statewide collaboration between the New York Council on Problem Gambling, NAAP, the National Association of Social Workers (NY State Chapter), the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, and the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is funded by NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).

PGTP provides training on assessing and treating problem gambling disorder to psychoanalysts, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists throughout NY state. The partnership represents some 11,000 counseling professionals across NYS.

From May through October 2016, PGTP hosted several conferences in White Plains, Schenectady, and Rochester, NY.

Each conference featured experts in the problem gambling and addictions field in a series of workshops and panel discussion. Presenters included psychoanalysts, mental health counselors, licensed mental health practitioners, researchers, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Presentations ranged from an overview of the disorder to advanced clinical training. Longtime NAAP member Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD, and Renée Obstfeld, PhD, featured among a stellar roster of professionals. Dr. Rozentsvit presented on the Neurobiology of Problem Gambling/Gambling Addiction, and Dr. Obstfeld presented on the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Problem Gambling.

For more about PGTP and to register for conferences, click here.

As one of the many compulsive and addictive behaviors that contribute to mental suffering, problem gambling Jennifer Harperpresents unique clinical features for the clinician that require special focus and sensitivity. The training being offered via the Problem Gambling Training Partnership is an essential protocol for preparing the savvy clinician to address the range of particular issues confronted by the problem gambler to effect potential treatments in service of positive and long-term, therapeutic resolution."

—Jennifer Harper, Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee