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Sure Bet 1 and 2 2020

To raise awareness and provide education, the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) and the Division of MH/DD/SAS are sponsoring a four-part workshop to provide in-depth knowledge about problem gambling and treatment interventions.  In this training, topics of problem and gambling disorder, gambling counseling theory and practice, regulations and ethical issues, and financial aspects of remuneration will be addressed.   

Completion of this training 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

Sure Bet OneSure Bet One - What constitutes a problem with gambling?  And how do professionals assist individuals whose gambling is creating problems in their home and work lives? This four-part workshop will provide in-depth knowledge about problem and gambling disorder, treatment interventions, gambling counseling theory and practice, regulations and ethical issues, and financial aspects of remuneration.    

Participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss an overview of gambling disorder/problem gambling 
  • Assess the client regarding issues of pathological/problem gambling 
  • Identify recommended outpatient treatment methods 
  • Discuss financial aspects of treatment for pathological/problem gamblers 

Sure Bet Two

Sure Bet TwoSure Bet Two - This four-part 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. 

Participants will be able to:

  •  Identify and provide services for special populations including military, teens, seniors and women. 
  •  Provide culturally competent counseling for problem gamblers and concerned others. 
  • Conduct in-depth financial counseling for problem gamblers and concerned others. 
  • Demonstrate Motivational Interviewing strategies that work with concerned others. 


Format and Times:
The Sure Bet One and Two trainings are being offered live via Zoom platform. Each training will take place over a 2-week time span in 4 installments. Each installment will be 3 hours and 15 minutes. The extra 15 minutes will be used as a break within the training session. For each training timeframe please visit the schedule tab for more information. 


$25 registration fee for the four-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.  Fees will be donated to the NCPG Program. 

Refund Policy:    

Refunds may be issued up to 2 weeks prior to the first day of the training.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Any announcements regarding changes to the schedule due to inclement weather will be posted on  Registered participants will also be notified by email.

ADA Statement:

If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083 no later than ten business days before the program.

Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:

We will confirm your registration by email after registration is received. The email will contain instructions on how to join the webinar along with the link.  Within 7 days of the conclusion of the webinar, you will receive an email notifying you that the evaluations and certificates are ready. The email will include a link to where you can log in 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 be emailed to you as a PDF document.

Presenter Information:

Click on the tab above labeled "Presenters."



Sure Bet One Installments 2022

April Installment Dates Timeframe Capacity
1:15 pm – 4:30 pm  25
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Sure Bet One & Two

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  12 contact hours 

This course has been submitted to the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for 12 SS contact hours.   

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is an Approved Provider by the National Council on Problem Gambling, NCPG CEU Approved Provider Number 08/801. 12 contact hours.

An IGCCB Preferred Provider

Sure Bet Three

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  6 contact hours 

This course has been approved by the North Carolina Addiction Specialist Professional Practice Board for 6 SS contact hours.  

An IGCCB Preferred Provider

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Brian PasalichBrian Pasalich
Brian is a Financial Services Guru with more than two-decades experience building high-end financial advisory organizations and turning teams around. He has not only coached, trained, and supported over 1000 advisors during time in career, but also consistently achieved ‘Top Advisor Retention Leader’ and ‘Top Recruiter’ awards multiple times in a row. Before he entered the world of finance, Brian served as a flight paramedic with the US Army Reserve and two SWAT teams.

With a deep curiosity and a motto of “Do not get caught up in how it looks, have it turn out,” Brian brings a unique set of skills to product design and development at Syntoniq.

  • Brian studied at The University of Montana where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in 1998.
  • As a serial entrepreneur and financial services leader/managing principal he has led teams at Fortune 100 and boutique firms while in parallel, led or been a part of multiple c-suite teams at various tech and fintech firms, with his first foray into tech in 2000 with Speaklink, a leading VoiceXML startup; his very first venture though was an investment property company at 19 which reached a 2.3 MM valuation in three years.
  • Brian is a Senior Mentor with Founder Institute NYC, Seattle & Zagreb, Croatia, mentoring over 18 cohorts and over 300 Founders during past seven years. He has consistently been rated a Top 3 mentor by founders, five years in a row.
  • Outside the office, Brian is passionate about giving back. He volunteers his time helping thousands of individuals through workshops focused on financial literacy/vision/goals as well as staying active in LGBT issues by serving on the board of Marriage Equality USA and as the Financial Services Industry Council Chair for NGLCCNY.


Jody BechtoldJody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC
Jody Bechtold is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively across the globe with individuals, organizations, and associations. She is the CEO of The Better Institute, a group practice located in Pittsburgh. She is the co-author of The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and 2 chapters in the Social Work Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2021. She serves as the Vice President of the board for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Jody holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and has certifications as a Board-Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor Level II (ICGC-II) with the IGCCB. When Jody isn’t working, you can find her providing pet therapy with her dog, Hanna, and supporting her husband’s business, Pittsburgh Guitars. Please email or visit to contact Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, PC.

Loreen RugleLoreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC
Dr. Rugle brings 35+ years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling to her current positions. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects.  She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally. She has also worked as Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.  She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service awarded by the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Marc Lefkowitz ICGC-II
Marc Lefkowitz has been a certified gambling counselor for over 20 years. He spent over 15 years working for the California Council on Problem Gambling as their lead trainer, facilitating 30-hour gambling certification training as well as presentations on other problem gambling subjects. He received a 25 year award for continuous service on the Council’s Board of Directors.

Marc worked for the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and was part of a team training therapists to treat problem gamblers and their families. He also helped in developing a state-funded gambling inpatient treatment program and an intensive outpatient treatment program. He was outreach coordinator for California's free gambling treatment programs. He taught as an adjunct instructor in 2 community colleges teaching the required materials for gambling counselor certification.

Marc was Program Director for one of the few dedicated inpatient gambling treatment in Prescott, Arizona. As Director he managed staff, created program content, and worked with each individual client. He is currently a consultant in developing residential and outpatient gambling programs.

Marc has extensive knowledge in responsible gaming, creating and facilitating training programs in over 50 casinos, and has trained over 100,000 casino employees.

Marc is a national speaker facilitating problem gambling trainings and workshops on topics including financial recovery, treatment, case management, Gamblers Anonymous, and responsible gaming. He has presented in numerous National Council on Problem Gambling conferences.

In 2012, Marc received California's Lifetime Achievement Award for working with problem gamblers and their families. Personally, he is a recovering gambler with over 37 years of recovery and has extensive knowledge of 12-Step Programs.

Jodie Nealley, M.S.
Jodie has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University and is a graduate of the UMass/Boston Addiction Counselor Education Program. Jodie joined the MA Council on Gaming & Health in the Fall of 2012 where she works as the VSE Recovery & Outreach Liaison.

Her responsibilities include assisting in the delivery of gambling related trainings aimed at capacity building for providers and serving as primary liaison for voluntary self-exclusion follow ups and the telephone recovery support program. Additionally she is responsible for all recovery initiatives and information which include interacting with regional peer recovery centers to raise awareness about gambling disorder, coordinate and develop recovery support resources and services for individuals seeking services, and develop the capacity of key organizations and/or individuals useful to the work of the Mass. Council, especially in the areas of capacity building and recovery support through relationship-building and ongoing communication.

She has spoken on several recovery-oriented panels, been a keynote speaker and published articles for the About College publication and The Wager. She also co-authored chapter in: Responsible Gambling: Primary Stakeholder Perspectives (eds. Shaffer, H., Blaszczynski, A., Ladouceur, R., Fong, D., & Collins, P.).

She participated in the CT Council on Problem Gambling video: Broken and been interviewed for the national podcast: All In: The Addicted Gamblers podcast.

Jodie uses her life experience as a recovering alcoholic and compulsive gambler to raise awareness and compassion wherever possible.

In 2019 she received the National Council on Problem Gambling Jeff Beck Recovery Ambassador award.

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