2023 Fall Webinar Series
Thursday, October 12th, 12pm - 1pm MST
Navigating Youth Gambling
Presented by: Jamie Glick, LCSW, LAC
Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Social and Licensed Addictions Counselor. He is also IGCGB Level 1 trained and provides mental health and performance therapy to athletes and other performance professionals. He is an approved provider for both the NFLPA and the USOPC. He serves on the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC) board and is also a consultant for PGCC, providing education and prevention for statewide college/universities, athletic departments, and youth. Jamie is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver School of Social Work as well as providing clinical leadership for both residential and out-patient behavioral health and substance use programs in the mountain region. He is the founder and host of the All in Ya Head Podcast, a mental health and performance podcast.
Thursday, October 26th,12pm - 1pm MST
Problem Gambling and the Military
Presented by: Mark Lefkowitz ICGC-II and David Yeager
Marc Lefkowitz, ICGC-II- Marc has been a certified gambling counselor for over 25 years. He worked for the UCLA Gambling Studies Program training therapists and coordinating outreach for California gambling treatment programs. He was Program Director for an inpatient gambling treatment program and develops gambling inpatient/outpatient programs. He currently is the Director of Programing for Kindbridge – a tele-therapy company focusing on treatment for problem gamblers. Marc is a national speaker on gambling related issues. In 2012 he received California’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2021 received the Jeff Beck National Recovery Ambassador Award. He has over 40 years in recovery from gambling.
David Yeager is an eleven-year veteran of the United States Army, and in recovery for a gambling addiction since January of 2020. Dave is a member of the military committee for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and regularly advocates and tells his story in an effort to raise awareness around gambling addiction among military service members and veterans. Dave is the host of Fall In, the Problem Gambling Podcast for Military Service Members and Veterans, and the author of Fall In, a Veteran with a Gambling Addiction. Dave has a Bachelors in Social Science with a concentration in Human Services, and has completed 30 hours toward his Masters in Social Work. Dave is married, with 3 children and two grandchildren.
Thursday, November 2nd, 12pm - 1pm MST
The Impact on the Family of Problem Gambling
Presented by: Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, CEO of The Better Institute
Jody Bechtold presents both nationally and internationally about education and treatment for problem gambling. She serves as a board member for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Jody earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of the Professional coaching certification from Duquesne University School of Leadership & Professional Advancement.
For her work in prevention, education, and training, Jody was awarded the Joanna Franklin Direct Service Award at the 2022 NCPG Conference. She received the “Person of the Year” award from the Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling in 2011. She is co-author of the Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2021). She has co-authored two chapters in the Social Workers Desk Reference, Fourth Edition (2021).
Jody has appeared on numerous TV spots, print media, and presented national webinars on the topics of mental health, gambling addiction and technology. With her energy and expertise, it’s easy to understand why the media, colleagues, and organizations seek to hear her speak.
Thursday, November 9th, 12pm - 1pm MST
Problem Gambling Risk and Protective Factors
Presented by: Elizabeth Thielen, LPC
Elizabeth is a former amateur boxer, a State and National champion, whose gambling started to become problematic after a career-ending injury interrupted her plans to turn professional. Experiencing her one and only loss made this abrupt ending to her career particularly defeating. A subsequent move to a state with casino gambling and losing her stepfather to cancer contributed to an escalation into compulsive gambling until she quit approximately 12 years ago. Now married, a stepparent herself, and a certified problem gambling counselor, Elizabeth is passionate about raising awareness of problem gambling in the community, particularly in groups known to be at increased risk, like athletes.