On-Demand Course

at your pace and convenience.

This course is approved for 2 continuing education (CE) hours. To earn CE hours, you will need to complete 1) all required course activities and 2) the course evaluation survey. A certificate of attendance will be made available on the Student Dashboard upon course completion.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for:

  • mental health counselors (MHC/LPC), marriage and family therapists (MFT/LMFT), art therapists (AT/LAT), social workers (SW/LSW/LCSW), psychologists, and other mental health providers;

  • problem gambling treatment providers;

  • co-occurring disorder treatment specialists;

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC), and

  • Certified Gambling Addiction Counselors (CGAC).

What Is Included

This online training focuses on risk assessment, family violence, and suicide prevention in clinical treatment, with a focus on problem gambling treatment. 

The course includes five modules. Immersive case studies, presentations, and readings are provided within the modules. You are free to take as much time as you need to review these resources. Once you have reviewed and mastered the content of a module, you will be required to pass a short quiz before proceeding to the next module. You must pass all of the quizzes before you are eligible for verification that you have successfully completed the course.

We suggest you take your time, view content as many times as you like, and access suggested readings and resources when possible. It is not necessary to complete the course in a single sitting. You are free to open and close the course as many times as you like. 

The course includes videos of experienced mental health clinicians and actors portraying clients based on scripts from real sessions. This provides authenticity while protecting client privacy. 

We ask you to have an open attitude as you go through this course. At times it may seem as if we are reviewing what you already know. However, paying close attention is likely to provide an opportunity to realize subtle differences and important nuances in problem gambling treatment and supervision. Finally, we hope you enjoy this learning format and that this course supports your many contributions to counselors, clients, and agencies.

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Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. How to navigate this course

    3. Course Overview

    4. Course Objectives

    5. Core Competencies Related to Assessing and Managing Risk

    6. OHA Guide to Core Competencies for Problem Gambling Treatment Providers

    7. Problem Gambling Risk Assessment and Suicide Prevention

    8. Before we continue...

    9. Your Professional Background

    1. What to Watch for in the Screening for Suicidal Ideation Video

    2. Screening for Suicidal Ideation Video

    3. Problem Gambling Treatment Safety Care Plan

    4. What to Watch for in the Engaging Important Others in Safety Planning Video

    5. Engaging Important Others in Safety Planning

    6. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

    7. National Institute of Mental Health Adult Outpatient Brief Suicide Safety Assessment Guide

    8. Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scales

    9. Five Action Steps Infographic

    10. Oregon Suicide Prevention Laws

    11. Additional Resources

    12. Quiz: Risk Assessment and Suicide Prevention Overview

    1. Steps in Reducing Risk of Suicide

    2. Be in Relationship and Ask Video

    3. Determine Level of Risk, Connect, and Mobilize Resources

    4. Determine Level of Risk, Connect, and Mobilize Resources Video

    5. Remove Access to Dangerous Items

    6. Remove Access to Dangerous Items Video

    7. Follow Up!

    8. Follow Up Video

    1. Interrelationship Between Disordered Gambling and IPV

    2. What to Watch for in the Routine Screening for IPV Video

    3. Routine Screening for Suicidal Ideation and Intimate Partner Violence

    4. Duluth Power and Control Wheels

    5. Quiz: Screening for IPV

    1. Reporting Abuse of Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Oregon

    2. Oregon State Statutes - Elder Abuse and Neglect, Reporting Requirements

    3. What to Watch for in the Following Videos

    4. Screening for Elder Financial Exploitation

    5. Screening for Elder Neglect and Financial Abuse Video

    6. Child Abuse Reporting Guide Oregon

    7. Quiz: Abuse and Neglect of Children and Vulnerable Adults

    8. Before we wrap up...

    9. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • Free
  • 43 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content


OHA Instructor Brandie Lyday

Brandie Lyday, LMFT, CGACII, CADCIII is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and the Oregon Health Authority Problem Gambling Treatment Program Development Analyst. She provides family therapy supervision to Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Counseling, Therapy, and School Psychology. Brandie’s recent work has focused on problem gambling program development and clinical supervision. She has previously worked with clients involved in the criminal legal system as an outpatient addiction treatment specialist providing individual, group, couple, and family therapies.

Senior Instructor Teresa McDowell

Teresa McDowell, Ed.D., LMFT is a professor emerita at Lewis & Clark, in Portland, Oregon, where she served as Department Chair and co-founded Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services. Dr. McDowell has served as a licensed marriage and family therapist, family therapy educator, program director, educational administrator, and consultant over the past 40 years. Her work has primarily focused on counselor education and workforce development, organizational consultation, international family therapy, equity-based clinical practice, integrated treatment for problem gambling, and clinical supervision. She currently serves as a social researcher, program evaluator, and consultant with Partners in Social Research and is the senior instructor for the Advanced Career Online Resource Network (ACORN). Dr. McDowell has published over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has presented her work at numerous conferences across eight countries. She is the author of Applying Critical Social Theory to Family Therapy Practice and first co-author of Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equity-Based Theory and Practice (1st and 2nd Editions). Her work in problem gambling treatment includes authoring the Working with Families in Problem Gambling Treatment handbook, research on core competencies for problem gambling counselors and prevention specialists, and extensive contributions to the development of Oregon’s problem gambling treatment workforce.


This course is free of charge, courtesy of Oregon Health Authority, Problem Gambling Services


is committed to excellence.

ACORN has been approved by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) and the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) to provide continuing education courses. Additionally, ACORN has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7274. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACORN is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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