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Continuing Education Key:

ASWB ACE = Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education
NBCC ACEP = National Board for Certified Counselors Approved Continuing Education Provider
NCCPSS = North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialists
NCSAPPB = North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board

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problem_gambling_SB1-2_2017_home_event.pngTo raise awareness and provide education, the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) and the Division of MH/DD/SAS are sponsoring a pair of two-day workshops to provide in-depth knowledge about problem gambling and treatment interventions.  In this training, topics of problem and pathological gambling, gambling counseling theory and practice, regulations and ethical issues, and financial aspects of remuneration will be addressed.

This training series is open to all who are interested.  Completion of the two events will meet one of the requirements necessary for the NCPGP Provider Registry.  Participation in this training does not assure that a provider will be selected for the NCPGP Registry, but it is a required component of becoming an NCPGP provider.

Target Audience:

Mental health professionals including psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, pastoral counselors, school counselors, as well as clergy, school administrators, recreational therapists, peer support specialists and all those interested in learning about problem gambling.

Sure Bet One

problem_gambling_SB1_product_icon.pngWhat constitutes problem or pathological gambling?  How do professionals assist individuals whose gambling is creating problems in their home and work lives? This two-day live workshop will provide in-depth knowledge about problem and pathological gambling and treatment interventions, gambling counseling theory and practice, regulations and ethical issues, and financial aspects of treatment for pathological/problem gamblers.

Sure Bet Two

problem_gambling_SB2_product_icon.pngThis two-day live workshop will provide in-depth knowledge and practice skills using Motivational Interviewing and financial counseling in problem gambling services to special populations (e.g. military, adolescents, young adults, older adults and females) and their non-gambling family members. Registration is open, however, previous attendance at Sure Bet One or prior Problem Gambling Training is recommended.

Registration 8:00 – 8:30
8:30 am -5:30 pm both days
Lunch (provided) 12:00 – 1:00 both days

$25 registration fee for each two-day event.  Pre-registration is required and registration fees are due on or before the program date unless your organization is paying the fee as authorized by your supervisor on the registration form.  No refunds will be issued.  Fee includes credit, lunch, refreshments and handouts.

Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:

We will confirm your registration by email after payment is received. Successful completion includes full attendance for the entire day. Within 7 days of the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email notifying you that the evaluations and certificates are ready. The email will include a link to where you can login using the username and password you chose at registration. Once you have logged in, you will see the training titles listed under "My Courses" on the left side. After clicking on the link, you will be taken to another page where you can click the link to the event evaluation. Once you have completed and submitted your evaluation, you can click on the link to access the Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate will emailed to you as a PDF document.

Presenter Information:

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The locations and dates for the Sure Bet 1 and 2 trainings sessions are as follows:

Training Session Dates Location
Sure Bet 1: Greensboro August 16-17, 2017

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons
Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27404


Sure Bet 1: Greenville September 20-21, 2017

Courtyard by Marriott Greenville
2225 Stantonsburg Rd
Greenville, NC 27834

Sure Bet 2: Greensboro October 18-19, 2017

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons
Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27404

Sure Bet 2: Greenville December 13-14, 2017

Courtyard by Marriott Greenville
2225 Stantonsburg Rd
Greenville, NC 27834


Job Title: Director, Responsible Gambling & Student Support Programs  

Mr. McCreary oversees the development of clinical policy and protocol, conducts research on clinical issues and provides input regarding the direction and implementation of clinical services. Mr. McCreary assists in the development of special projects, provides direction to clinical staff in new product implementation and directs the evaluations of clinical staffing needs. Additionally, Mr. McCreary plans and directs all clinical technology functions, researches new technologies and develops approaches to incorporate these technologies into the service model. Mr. McCreary provides supervision to clinical staff as well as oversight on all reporting and quality assurance functions. He also leads clinical trainings on Motivational Interviewing, Problem Gambling Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Stress Management. Mr. McCreary received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling, and a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Benedictine University. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, Internationally Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.        

Prior to joining BDA|Morneau Shepell, Mr. McCreary worked at Asian Human Services, a non-profit organization located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. As the Program Director of a career‐counseling program that targeted indigent, immigrant, and refugee adult consumers working toward recovery from mental illness, substance abuse, and development disabilities, Mr. McCreary was responsible for program development, reporting, budgets, operations & oversight, as well as direct client service.


Job Title: Account Manager        

Ms. Opels is a member of BDA|Morneau Shepell’s Account Management Team and Problem Gambling  Services Program. She provides clinical supervision and oversight to a portion of helpline counselors. Prior to taking her current position, Jenny worked for several years providing assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and referral services on the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline. Ms. Opels is a renowned trainer on range of clinical topics including Problem Gambling Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT, Healthy Lifestyles, Burnout and Stress Management.

Ms. Opels has been providing Problem Gambling Counselor Trainings for BDA|Morneau Shepell for the past five years. Ms. Opels received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor.          


Job Title: Clinical & Special Programs Associate  

Mr. Stevens is a member of BDA|Morneau Shepell’s Clinical and Special Programs teams and provides assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and referral services on the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline. In addition to providing comprehensive EAP & Problem Gambling services to client customers, Mr. Stevens works closely with Matthew McCreary in the development of clinical technology functions, including researching and developing innovative approaches to service delivery. Mr. Stevens has provided key contributions to our award winning Motivational Text Messaging Programs, White Papers and iOS & Android Applications. Mr. Stevens has provided a range of clinical trainings on topics including Problem Gambling Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT, and Ethics and Technology. Mr. Stevens received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Valparaiso University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor.          


Job Title: Account Manager        

Mr. Fuqua is a member of BDA|Morneau Shepell’s Problem Gambling Services Program and Account Services team. He provides assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and referral services on the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline. In his work as an Account Representative, Robby carries a caseload of more than 50 of BDA’s organizational clients.  Robby has been providing Problem Gambling Counselor Training in North Carolina since 2014.      Mr. Fuqua received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. Prior to joining BDA|Morneau Shepell, Mr. Fuqua worked for several years as a Senior Substance Abuse Counselor in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, intensive‐outpatient and residential treatment.


Job Title: Senior Trainer & Account Manager       

Mrs. Schiller is a member of BDA|Morneau Shepell’s Problem Gambling Services Program and Account Services team. She provides assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and referral services on the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline. In her work as an Account Representative, Kim carries a caseload of more than 50 of BDA’s organizational clients. Kim has been providing Problem Gambling Counselor Training in North Carolina since 2014. Mrs.Schiller received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National –Louis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from North Park College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. Prior to joining BDA|Morneau Shepell, Mrs. Schiller worked for several years as an Employee Assistance Professional (EAP) Counselor and Account Representative providing assessment, short-term problem solving, training and orientation services for a large case load of individual clients and organizations.

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