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Fairfield County What's New With You - In Person Presentation


Hosted by Treatment Placement Specialists® in partnership with Geisinger Marworth, Mountainside, Sierra Tucson, and Sacred Heart University Counseling Center

Topic: "Overview of Problem Gambling & Current Trends"
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Location: Sacred Heart University - Linda McMahon Hall, 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825


This presentation will include the overview of gambling, features in games that resemble gambling, Connecticut prevalence, and gambling on a continuum. The focus will be on gambling as a co-occurring disorder with both substance use and mental health disorders. Data from the CT’s Problem Gambling Helpline will be shared .We will discuss emerging trends and the impact of the expansion in CT. Information will be provided on gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery resources. We will meet with someone in long term recovery from problem gambling and alcohol. Breakfast will be served to all attendees.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify risk and protective factors including warning signs for problem gambling
  2. Understand the progression of gambling related issues and prevalence in Connecticut
  3. Compare the similarities and differences between gambling and substance misuse and the co-occurring nature between mental health and gambling
  4. Obtain resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery for those impact by gambling related harm

1 CEU is available CT Certification Board and the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.


Featured Speakers:

Kaitlin Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC), Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC II), holds an International Gaming Disorder Certificate (IGDC) and is a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) with the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board providing supervision to those seeking to obtain certification in working with Gambling & Gaming Disorders. In her role as Director of Programs & Services for the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Kaitlin oversees the statewide problem gambling helpline, education, prevention initiatives, and responsible gambling efforts. Kaitlin has dedicated her career to helping those affected by Gambling Disorder and continues to make it her mission to increase community awareness of the overall impact of gambling related harm.

Kaitlin is currently a part of the Executive Team for the NCPG Prevention Committee and a Member of the Helpline, Prevention & Treatment Committees. Kaitlin has also been able to share her knowledge and experiences by presenting on the state, regional and national level. In 2021, Kaitlin was honored with the NCPG Jim Wuelfing Prevention Award for her work in helping advance the field of problem gambling prevention


Stephen Matos is a person in long-term recovery of over 35 years from gambling, alcohol and as a person affected from problem gambling. After retiring from the State of CT DOT as an operations manager in 2012, Stephen began working for The Connection’s Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program and is currently with MCCA’s Bettor Choice Program as a Peer Counselor and Recovery Support Specialist for over 6 years. Stephen was recently promoted to the Manager of State-Wide gambling Recovery Support Services. Stephen facilitates recovery groups, family support groups along with seeing clients individually focusing on supporting those with gambling disorders and their family members along the road of recovery. Stephen works closely with the DMHAS Problem Gambling Services, Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the RBAHO’s in the facilitation of trainings, prevention, awareness activities and manages PGS gambling recovery support grant providing recovery opportunities for persons in recovery from problem and persons affected by it. He has presented on peer support related issues at the 2015 National Conference on Problem Gambling, CCAR’s Pathways to Recovery Conference in 2016, honored with the CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Recovery Award in 2015 and presented at their State Conference in 2017. Stephen is a graduate of Advocacy Unlimited Recovery University, certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and has completed CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy and is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II). Most recently Stephen works the 24 hour problem helpline with CCPG.

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