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Problem Gambling

The Problem Gambling Training Partnership (PGTP)

Earlier in 2016, NAAP was proud to be one of the five founding organizations comprising the Problem Gambling Training Partnership (PGTP).

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 Cardinale, Director of Marketing & Communications at NAAP, with the Proclamation establishing Problem Gambling Awareness Day on March 30, 2016, in Albany, NY.

This new, 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 the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).

PGTP will provide 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 close to 11,000 counseling professionals across the state of New York.

In May, PGTP hosted the first of four conferences to be held this year at White Plains, NY. Registration for each of the two-day conferences is free and attendees earn 14 CEC hours for the two days. Upcoming locations include Schenectady, September 8-9, and Rochester, October 24-25.

The conferences feature experts in the problem gambling and addictions field in a series of workshops and panel discussions, and include psychoanalysts, mental health counselors, licensed mental health practitioners, researchers, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

The presentations cover a wide range of subjects, from an introductory overview of problem gambling disorder to advanced clinical training. We are delighted that two of our members, Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD, and Renée Obstfeld, PhD, feature among the stellar roster of professionals. Dr. Rozentsvit is presenting on Neurobiology of Problem Gambling/Gambling Addiction, and Dr. Obstfeld is presenting on Psychoanalytic Treatment of Problem Gambling.

Find out more about the Problem Gambling Training Partnership 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