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Earlybird Deadline for discounted Registration is October 8, 2017!

Special Youth Track offers great programs such as:

  • Your Sacred Drum – Your Sacred Voice:  Living Your Sacred Life
  • Self-Discovery and Cultural Awareness through Expressive Arts
  • Escaping the Web of Video Game Addiction, Bullying, and Rejection
  • Storytelling and Mask Making
  • Empowerment and Expression Through Traditional and Contemporary Performing Arts

Red Eagle Soaring youth theater program has successfully engaged and empowered youth for more than 20 years. This program will help empower youth to express themselves with confidence and clarity through the traditional and contemporary performing arts.

Adult Tracks include:

  • Clinical/Behavioral Health
  • Community and Culture
  • Innovative Trends

Gene Tagaban (pictured above) is a renowned storyteller and artist as well as one of our conference keynote speakers. 

Using his gift of storytelling, dance, and music, he travels across the country performing, presenting, and facilitating workshops on prevention, empowerment, leadership, relationship-building, communication, self-awareness, spirit and honor to participants of all ages.

Scholarships Available for Washington State:

  • Treatment Providers
  • Recovery/Peer Coaches
  • Students/Professors in behavioral health, addictions, and counseling programs  

Click here for scholarship application forms! Scholarship application deadline is October 20, 2017. 

Community Celebration Event Honoring Billy Frank, Jr.  

Join us as we honor the wisdom of our elders and honor the life work of Billy Frank, Jr. — whose incredible passion and leadership was a shining example of how to leave the world a better place by your actions and efforts.

Community Health and Wellness Fair 

  • Free health and wellness screenings.
  • A variety of healthcare organizations and associations on-site to share important health and prevention information.
  • The Community Health and Wellness Fair is free for all conference attendees and their families.

Click here for information on becoming a Health and Wellness Fair Exhibitor.

Continuing Education Units/Hours

ECPG's training workshops qualify toward the 30 hours of gambling-specific education required by the Washington State and National Problem Gambling Certification Boards for certification. Additionally, ECPG is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by:

  • The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
  • Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO)\
  • American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

Click here for more information

All the great learning opportunities and fun take place this year at The Great Wolf Lodge©!  

Great Wolf Lodge© is a first-class, full-service, year-round family destination resort.  The North Woods-themed Lodge features 398 family suites and 78,000 square feet of indoor entertainment, including Bear Track Landing – Washington’s largest indoor waterpark.  Other attractions include Elements Spa Salon, Scoops Kids Spa, Oliver’s Mining Company, Howl at the Moon Glo Golf, and interactive scavenger hunt game called MagiQuest and more.  The Lodge includes a variety of retail shops and dining outlets.  Other amenities include unlimited wi-fi and a fitness center.

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Four Directions Conference Partner!

Help Shape Our RGSTAR Program, Attend A Focus Group!

ECPG is inviting individuals to attend a focus groups designed to test out our new RGSTAR Online Casino Employee Responsible Gaming Training. The more diverse the group the better, so if you are a member of the gaming industry, a treatment provider, or just passionate about problem gambling we want to hear from you!

Focus Groups are being held on the following days and last between 1.5-2 hours. Participation is by appointment only, contact Elizabeth Glavish for more information at eglavish@evergreencpg.org.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, November 20, 2017

Interested in Becoming a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor?

More than 100,000 Washington Residents struggle with Problem Gambling. 

You may be seeing a person with a gambling disorder now.

The 30-hour required core course in introductory gambling-specific training for mental health and chemical dependency treatment providers will be offered October 29-November 1 at the Four Directions Conference.  Scholarships are available for Washington State licensed treatment providers.  For more information, click here.

Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Adds Bachelor’s Equivalency Option!

For those Washington State Licensed Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers seeking Problem Gambling Counselor Certification, new changes in Provisional Provider and Bachelor’s Equivalency options are now available.  Click here for full Certification information.

For Level I Certification, applicants may hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college-level institution


A Bachelor’s Equivalency:

  • Associate’s Degree and
  • 2 years post-CDP Licensure work and training to include:
    • Preponderance (minimum of 85%) of duties related to the fields of mental health/addictions/problem gambling treatment
    • Proof of successfully completed problem gambling-specific training programs/courses (30-hour Introductory Problem Gambling  Training
    • AND a minimum of 10 additional hours of face-to-face advanced gambling-related training.

ECPG On The Road!

October 16-17

Yakima, Washington

ECPG staff will be attending and presenting on a variety of topics at the 2017 Washington State COD & Treatment Conference.

November 7-8, 2017

Yakima, WA

ECPG Staff will be presenting to the youth attending the 2017 Washington State Prevention Summit on the topics of problem gambling and digital addiction.


Partner Profile – The Washington Recovery Alliance 

"Be proud of yourself for your accomplishments and help others by inspiring them with your recovery success!"

Help us celebrate Recovery Month by recognizing the great work done by so many individuals, groups, and organizations in Washington who support long-term recovery -- organizations such as the Washington Recovery Alliance.

The Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) is a grassroots, statewide network of individuals in addiction and mental health recovery, families impacted by behavioral health disorders, and recovery community organizations, driving change in public policy and public understanding. 

The WRA serves as a united group to:

  • Advocate for recovery issues
  • Convene summits
  • Promote recovery events


The WRA currently includes members from nine regions in Washington State, representing a vast collection of Washington counties and is always looking to connect with those who are passionate about recovery. If you would like to join the WRA listserv to learn more, please email WRA Executive Director Lauren Davis at lauren@washingtonrecoveryalliance.org. 

What does Recovery look like?  How can you play a role in supporting long term recovery for members of your community?

Individuals who are “in recovery” know what it means to them and how important it is in their lives. They need no formal definition.  Focusing on the four major recovery dimensions of health, home, purpose, and community, the The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), defines recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

Principles of Recovery from Addiction

  • Recovery emerges from hope
  • Recovery is person-driven
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways
  • Recovery is holistic
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  • Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks
  • Recovery is culturally based and influenced
  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma
  • Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility
  • Recovery is based on respect

Please see SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Initiative (http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery) for more information on recovery.

“We lost a lot, but today I have everything.… I have life. I have feelings. I have joy. I have happiness. And it's not all perfect, but I've learned to live life on life's terms." ​


Join the National Council on Problem Gambling AND the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and SAVE $40!

That's like getting your ECPG membership FREE!

As an ECPG Member, you'll receive member discounted rates on all our Quarterly Trainings and our Annual Conference – all of which offer Continuing Education Units from many association and certification boards, such as:

  • NCPG

ECPG Individual Member benefits also include discounts on Certification Training Workshops, a subscription to our Quarterly Newsletter, and a member certificate suitable for display.

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