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 & internationally about education and treatment for problem gambling. She serves as Vice President for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as a board member for the National Council on Problem Gambling. 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 “Person of the Year” award from the Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling. Currently, she is co- authoring a clinicians handbook for treating problem gambling.

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

  • LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 TRAINING FOR PROBLEM GAMBLING CERTIFICATIONS

  • TECHNOLOGY AND PROBLEM GAMBLING FOR CLINICIANS

  • OLDER ADULTS AND GAMBLING

  • ETHICS & SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT WITH PROBLEM GAMBLING

  • TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS FOR ONLINE AND SPORTS BETTING

  • Gambling in the Workforce

  • Finances in Gambling Disorder Treatment

  • Sports Betting Clinical Interventions

  • Self-Exclusion as a Clinical Intervention

  • Ethics in the Digital Clinical World

  • The Convergence with Gaming and Gambling

  • Effective Strategies for Parents regarding Video Gaming

  • Clinical Jiu Jitsu for Gambling Disorders

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

 

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.

 

Contact Jody

Jody is now scheduling appointments for those struggling with

  • Problem Gambling & Gaming

  • Supporting Spouses and Family of those struggling with problem gambling and gaming

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