University of Pittsburgh

Gambling and the Law

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 · 7:00 pm

Presented by The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in Co-Sponsorship with the National Council on Problem Gambling 

This one-day institute for clinical and legal professionals will examine the relationship between gambling, the law and clinical practice. It will discuss counseling as a profession and the ethics of counseling as it examines professional responsibility and malpractice issues. The institute will detail the requirements imposed by law for confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, as well as explore the nature of negligence and offer protective steps that can be taken to prevent malpractice. It will examine the lawyer/counselor relationship and look at aggravating and mitigating factors that may influence sentencing. It will also discuss in detail writing up an assessment for court. This institute will also examine some of the developing case law on gambling. It will detail Pennsylvania self exclusion policies and procedures, as well as examine the New York experience with Gambling Court. The presenter will also address relevant issues among gambling clients, including high rates of suicide and of domestic violence and the obligations of the counselors. Final discussion will center on interesting cases and emerging issues in gambling: Does or should a duty of care exist for gambling facility operators?  Is it more effective to ban or regulate internet gambling? Is poker more a game of skill or luck and does it matter? Through this institute you will:

  • Become familiar with relationship between gambling and law.
  • Understand your obligations and responsibilities under federal rules and laws such as HIPAA.
  • Learn how to write reports to best assist the court and client.
  • Appreciate best practices as to prevention of  suicide and domestic violence
  • Raise your consciousness of emerging issues in the gambling/law relationship, including diversionary options and other developing issues in the field.


Jeffrey Beck, LPC, CCGC, JD, ABD, CART, MCTC is Managerial Assistant for the Council of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor.  He was an attorney for 18 years before returning to school for a Masters in Addiction Counseling and completing all course work for a doctoral degree in social work. He has worked clinically with alcoholics, drug addicts and gamblers.  Jeff is Vice President of the Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling, the New Jersey Affiliate representative and Board member for the National Council on Problem Gambling, Chairman of the National Problem Gambling Awareness Week Committee, and serves on the Board of Essex Prevention Resources and Paterson Recovery Center at Eva’s Village. Jeff is President of the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board. 


$115 / $165 with CLE

CLE Information

Continuing Legal Education is provided through the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for Five and One-Half (5.5) hours of substantive credit and One-Half (.5) hour of ethics credit.

For information, contact Jody Bechtold at (412) 624-6572 or

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