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F23-3002 Screening, Assessment, and Intervention for Gambling Problems

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CEs

3000 Financial Social Work |  700 Professional Growth & Development
Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



As more and more opportunities for gambling are made available in Maryland, it is increasingly important to improve the capacity and capability of behavioral health treatment providers to learn effective ways of addressing and treating gambling problems.  This training will offer a broad overview of the scope of gambling and problem gambling in Maryland along with strategies to enhance the ability of agencies and providers to make the impact of gambling on recovery, health and well-being a relevant topic of conversation in their practice. 



Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Rugle brings 39 years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling work.   She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems.   She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.  She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and Special Projects Coordinator with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling after previously serving as the Center’s Director for several years. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05 – 1:15 Log on/Registration 

1:15 – 1:30 Introductions and overview 

1:30 – 2:30 Basics of gambling and problem gambling 

2:30 – 2:45 Break 

2:45 – 3:30 Effective screening and assessment strategies 

3:30 – 4:15 Brief Intervention and motivational approaches 

4:15 – 4:30 Problem Gambling Resources, Questions, Future Directions 

4:30 Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define gambling, problem gambling,  gambling disorder  and  responsible gambling 

  • Identify at least 3 ways to integrate the topic of problem gambling and impact of gambling into existing intake, screening and assessment protocols 

  • Practice utilizing brief motivational and referral strategies to address potential gambling and problem gambling issues in clients in substance use and mental health treatment 

  • Identify a range of resources to help address the impact of gambling and problem gambling in their clients. 

Bibliography & References



Alegria, M., Jackson, J. S., Kessler, R. C., & Takeuchi, D. (2015). United States National Comorbidity Survey: Replication 2001-2003 [United States]. ICPSR20240-v7. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC.  

Heinlein E., Rugle L, Potts W., Welsh C., Himelhoch S. (2021)  A within-subject feasibility study of a gambling specific SBIRT intervention delivered in an urban HIV/primary clinic.  J Gambl Stud,

Himelhoch, S. S., McLean, H. M., Medoff, D., Kreyenbuhl, J., Rugle, L., Brownley, J., Bailey-Kloch, M., Potts, W., & Welsh, C. (2016). Twelve-month prevalence of DSM-5 gambling disorder and associated gambling behaviors among those receiving methadone maintenance. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(1), 1–10. 

Sacco, P., Jacobson Frey, J., Callahan, C., Hochheimer, M., Imboden, R., Hyde, D.  (2019).  Feasibility of brief screening for at-risk gambling in consumer credit counseling.  J Gambl Stud, 35, 1423-1439. 

Tracy, JK., Schluterman, N.  (2021).  Statewide Gambling Prevalence in Maryland: 2020.  Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after 10/11/2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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