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Gambling Disorder 101 presented by Elizabeth Thielen, LPC, PCGC, on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

FREE: 4 CEUs – LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, & Psychologists (IAODAPCA included)


Program Description:

This program will provide an overview of gambling disorder, implications for at-risk populations, impact of gambling disorder on individuals, families and communities, and available resources for those affected by gambling disorder, for counselors at local addictions treatment programs preparing to screen all clients for gambling disorder, in private practice, and for those interested in developing their skill set to provide services to those impacted by gambling disorder. Attendees will be able to: identify signs and symptoms of gambling disorder, understand similarities and differences between gambling disorder and other addictive disorders, distinguish between responsible and problem gambling, list risk factors and consequences of problem gambling, understand various screening instruments and interventions available, and identify resources to help those affected by problem gambling. The presentation will utilize a slide presentation and video clips covering the following, and will have two 10 minute breaks and a “working break,” while participants eat lunch or snack and view vignettes demonstrating various types of disordered gamblers.


Elizabeth Thielen is a Senior Director at Nicasa Behavioral Health Services with over 20 years in the addictions field. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, Elizabeth is passionate about increasing awareness of gambling disorder in the community and among helping professionals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling, and is the Nicasa representative to the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling. Elizabeth is also an adjunct faculty at the College of Lake County, where she teaches about process addictions. A former amateur athlete, Elizabeth is particularly committed to helping athletes avoid disordered gambling as our state recently expanded gambling opportunities to include legalized sports betting.

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