The 28th Annual RGANM Conference on Problem Gambling will focus on “Converging Paths: Culture, Spirituality, Native Ways of Healing, Brain Science, and Honoring the Elderly“. It will be held August 15-16, 2024 at the Isleta Resort & Casino near Albuquerque. Counselors and social workers will earn 12 CEUs including 6 for ethics and 6 for cultural ethics with their attendance.

Speakers scheduled to attend include:

  • Daniel Mate, Co-author of “The Myth of Normal”.
  • Jon Grant, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sharon Baty, PhD with a session title How Spiritual Practices May Contribute to Post-Traumatic Growth of Trauma Survivors who Struggle with Gambling and Other Addictions
  • Javoen Byrd and Itza on the Healing Power of Drumming
  • Regina Koupp, PhD on Death with Dignity: Differentiating the Right to Die from Suicidality
  • Chris Anderson, LMFT – Encore; The Spirituality of Gambling Addiction
  • Lorenzo Jim, LPCC- Working with Native American Clients, What Therapists Need to Know

For 28 years, the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico has offered therapists from all over New Mexico to its annual conference to hear from a diverse variety of experts on, mental health, trauma, holistic healing, and recovery from problem gambling and other addictions.
This conference is both a high quality learning experience and a very affordable way to earn 12 CEUs while mingling and catching up with colleagues. Early bird registration is $59 until June 15, 2024, then will be $79.

To register, click here. If you need to be invoiced for your registrations, reach out to Kalika Valerio at For purchase orders, please contact directly (505)242-6988 and ask for Extension 120.

Isleta Resort & Casino is offering a discounted Room Rate for the 2024 RGANM Conference at $141.00 per night. Reservations must be made before Saturday, July 13, 2024.  Book Hotel Reservations at (877)747-5382 or (505) 724-3800.  You must mention the Meeting Group name: Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico, or use the Group Code: RNM0824.


The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico has scheduled its 27th annual conference on problem gambling, to be held August 10 and 11 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino. The conference theme is “Supporting Today’s Therapist with their Intensifying Caseload”.

The conference will offer behavioral health providers 12 gambling-specific CEUs, including 6 ethics CEUs. To register, click here to complete an off-site registration. The fee will be $59.00 until June 15th, then $69 thereafter and can be paid with any major credit card. When the payment has processed, you’ll receive a registration confirmation letter. The fee includes the two-day conference, lunches and refreshments.

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available at nearby hotels. Nightly rates do not include applicable taxes and fees.

  • Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, $209/night. Call 505-455-5555 or click here.
  • Cities of Gold Casino Hotel, $89/night. Call 505-455-4232 or click here.
  • The Lodge at Santa Fe, $119/night. Call 505-992-5800 or click here.

Speakers and presentations that support our treatment practices will include:

  • Keynote Speaker Dacher Keltner, researcher and author of the best-selling work, “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.”
  • Implications of Big Wins for Gambling Behavior and their Effects on Future Sports Betting with Eric R. Louderback, Ph.D.
  • Supporting Your Mindfulness Practice with Michelle Duval from the Mindful Center
  • Finding Your Best Self: Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both by Lisa Najavitz and presented by Summer Krause
  • Micro-Dosing Assisted Treatment and Therapist Self-Care with Dr. Lida Fatemi
  • The Seeking Safety Adolescent Toolkit, a new work by Summer Krause
  • The Spirituality of Gambling Addiction with Chris Anderson
  • Problem Gambling, Mental Health, and Aging with Regina Koupp, Ph,D.

Questions about the conference can be directed to coordinator, Monique Smith, at 505-242-6988, Ext. 123, or

The problem gambling webinar series from the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico continues on FridayMay 21, 2021 from 11am-12:30 pm MDT. This is the first of a four-part series on ethics and problem gambling. Please mark your calendar for the other dates: June 11, July 16, and August 13; each session will be 11am-12:30 pm MDT.

When we embody what we learn, that’s when it sinks in. This webinar, “Embodying Ethics: Gambling, Trauma, and Music?!” takes us on the ethics path using case studies of gambling clients, their partners, and families, and utilizes breathing and music to anchor in what we will learn.

Our presenter will be Daniel Blackwood, LPCC, ICGCII-BACC.

Attendees will earn 1.5 gambling-specific CEUs for each session (counselors and social workers). If you attend all 4, you’ll receive 6 CEUs. You do not, of course, have to attend all sessions.

Attendance is free but registration is required and space is limited.

Click here to register.

A New Direction for EFT: Expanding the Self with Individually Focused Interventions

Note: Due to a medical emergency, our planned speaker, Sue Johnson, will be rescheduled at a later date. Instead, the April 16th seminar will begin a four-part series on “Ethics and Gambling”. It will be led by Daniel Blackwood, LPCC. Participants will have a refresher on ethics then the opportunity to study some gambling cases. Please click the link below to register. Those who already registered for Sue Johsson’s session DO NOT need to re-register.


The upcoming April webinar from the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico will be Friday, April 16, 2021 from 11am-12:30pm MDT. New Mexico treatment providers can insight from the creator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). A New Direction for EFT: Expanding the Self with Individually Focused Interventions (EFIT) will focus on a general introduction to EFT as an experiential attachment-based model of therapy for individuals, couples and families. You’ll learn the core principals of change in EFIT; the “5-Move EFT Tango”; micro-interventions; a short therapy excerpt; and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Our presenter will be Susan Johnson, Ph.D., an author, researcher, master clinician, and creator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Learn more about her at


Attendees will earn 1.5 gambling-specific CEUs. Attendance is free but registration is required and space is limited.


Click here to register.

EFT is an important tool in the therapist’s toolbox to work with couples, families, and individuals. This is especially true for the problem gambler who has disconnected from feeling and is often estranged from their partner and family. As recovery occurs, they need support to self-regulate and process emotion, to repair significant relationships, and to re-attach safely.

The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico is pleased to offer two sessions in our webinar training for treatment providers. These sessions will focus on “The Key to Working with Gambling Problems: A Model of Supervision with Case Examples”.

Each session will provide 1.5 Supervision CEUs. The first webinar will be held on November 13, 2020 from 11am-12:30pm MST and will focus on the MONEY portion of gambling problems.

The second event, December 11, 2020 from 11am-12:30pm MST, will cover the LIES related to gambling problems.

Attendees will earn 1.5 Supervision CEUs for each event. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Speakers will be Chris Anderson, LMFT, ICGC-II-BACC; Chris Goodrich, PhD, LPCC, ICGC-II; and Daniel Blackwood, LPCC, ICGC-II-BACC.

We hope to resume our in-person annual conference in August 2021, but until then, we will offer an excellent lineup of speakers in online webinars.

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