Jody Bechtold LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC

CEO and Founder

About Jody

Shedding Light on Problem and Disordered Gambling

  • CEO of The Better Institute

  • Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II)

  • Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC)- IGCCB

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania

  • TEDx Speaker — Entrepreneur — Author

Jody Bechtold presents both nationally and internationally about education and treatment for problem gambling. She serves as a board member for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Jody earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of the Professional coaching certification from Duquesne University School of Leadership & Professional Advancement.

For her work in prevention, education, and training, Jody was awarded the Joanna Franklin Direct Service Award at the 2022 NCPG Conference. She received the “Person of the Year” award from the Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling in 2011. She is co-author of the Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2021). She has co-authored two chapters in the Social Workers Desk Reference, Fourth Edition (2021).

Jody has appeared on numerous TV spots, print media, and presented national webinars on the topics of mental health, gambling addiction and technology. With her energy and expertise, it’s easy to understand why the media, colleagues, and organizations seek to hear her speak.

Engaging and Informative Training Workshops, Keynote Talks, and Conference Presentations

Topics Include:

  • Gambling

  • Gaming

  • Gamblification (Convergence with Gaming)

  • Ethics

  • Online and Sports Betting

  • Parenting Video Gamers

these are beneficial for:

  • Clinical Providers

  • Human Resource Professionals

  • Executive Directors

PR Highlights

National Council on Problem Gambling

Annual Conferences

International Addictions Conference

Mauritius — Keynote presenter — July 2019

PA Council State Conference – presenter

Social Work Today — July 2019

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Multiple

Pittsburgh NOW WTAE — Chris Moore

KDKA-TV — Andy Sheehan — Multiple

Tedx Strip District — Have the Conversation 2019

Gambling Disorder Treatment Webinar Series

Easy, Convenient Ways to Earn Gambling Disorder CE Credits on YOUR time


Books & Publications



A clinical handbook to support all mental health professionals learning to treat or already working with people with a gambling disorder. Available for $40 on Amazon.

Contact Jody

Jody is now scheduling appointments for those struggling with

  • Problem Gambling & Gaming

  • Corporate Coaching for Executive Women

For information on speaking and events, please contact Jody directly.