Upcoming Trainings

If you have any questions, email Odessa Dwarika, Chief Programs Officer at odessa@macgh.org or call 617-426-4554 ext. 702.

Spring Training Institute 2023

Hidden problems with gambling often derail recovery from mental health and substance use disorders as signs and symptoms are often missed. This 9-session course, led by national experts, will build skills in gambling disorder assessment, treatment, recovery and prevention. We will look at the disorder from a trauma-informed lens and consider the role of racial injustice and health inequities as drivers of addiction. By the end of the course, attendees will be confident in their ability to identify and respond appropriately to gambling disorder within their own individual context. Continuing Education Units for this course can be applied towards the Gaming Health Specialist Certificate, the MA-PGS Certificate and the IGCCB IGCG-1 certification. Classes will meet twice a week over five weeks. The cost of the 9-session course is $300.00.

CEU’s will be granted at the rate of 3.5 CEU’s per attendance at each live class for a total of 31.5 CE hours. If a session is missed, attendees will be able to watch the video of the missed session but not be able to receive CEU credit for any session not attended live.

The Institute runs from Tuesday, April 25 – Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Classes will meet twice a week over five weeks. Courses will run from 12:00 pm – 3:45 pm EST. See the full list of sessions and register here.

Voluntary Self-Exclusion Designated Agent Training

For some, gambling might no longer feel like a game or be a way to have fun. Fortunately, Massachusetts provides a Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) program that offers one way for anyone struggling with casino gambling to set limits and take control. By enrolling in VSE, participants voluntarily exclude themselves from the gaming floors of all Massachusetts casinos. A participant can choose how long they want to self-exclude. This one-hour training will educate you about how self-exclusion can support clients as a harm reduction or recovery strategy. Human service providers and clinicians can become designated agents of self-exclusion and offer this service to clients in their workplace. Join this free online training to learn more about this robust recovery support and to become a certified agent of self-exclusion. Upon completion of the training, all participants will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Training instructors include: MACGH Director of Recovery Services Jodie Nealley, GameSense Manager Linh Ho, GameSense Manager Amy Gabrila, and GameSense Advisor & Training Specialist Joshua Molyneaux

Register for a session below.

Tuesday, February 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Wednesday, March 8, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Tuesday, April 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Wednesday, May 17, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Thursday, June 15, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST


The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6331. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.