Jody Bechtold LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC
CEO and Founder
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
Gamblification (Convergence with Gaming)
Online and Sports Betting
Parenting Video Gamers
these are beneficial for:
Human Resource Professionals
National Council on Problem Gambling
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
Books & Publications
THE GAMBLING DISORDER TREATMENT HANDBOOK: A GUIDE FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
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.
Jody is now scheduling appointments for those struggling with
Problem Gambling & Gaming
Corporate Coaching for Executive Women