The Convergence of Gambling and Gaming (Basic/Intermediate: Gambling/Gaming, SUD/MH)

In the challenging times we currently face, two activities that have offered entertainment, excitement, and in many cases, escape, are gambling and video gaming. While most will enjoy these activities without developing issues, there are some who will. Having services in place, and knowing how to access these resources, is vital. During this training participants will learn about the problems that may be associated with each, how the problems may develop and overlap, and what help is available for someone who is suffering from gambling disorder and gaming addiction.

Training Objectives

  • Discuss factors associated with the development of problematic gambling and gaming
  • Identify the potential risks and overlap between gambling and gaming
  • Recognize the impact the pandemic has had on gambling and gaming
  • Develop awareness of available local resources


Gregory Krausz, MA, CAADC, LPC

A Licensed Professional Counselor and CAADC Greg is the Director of Mid Atlantic Rehabilitation Services (MARS) in Bethlehem, PA, Owner of Monocacy Counseling Associates, Adjunct Faculty member at Moravian Theological Seminary, and a Consultant/Trainer with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA. He is a graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He has been a counselor, and program director in the addiction and mental health counseling field for the past 27 years. He was awarded the 2016 Bishop Kortz award for excellence in the field of Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary.

Josh Ercole, BA

As Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling, Josh leads the organization, direction, and coordination of all administrative functions of the Council. A team member of CCGP since 2013, Josh has also conducted hundreds of trainings and seminars throughout Pennsylvania in an effort to raise awareness of problem gambling. To date, Josh has trained thousands of casino team members, clinicians, students and other professionals about warning signs of gambling problems and available resources for help.