Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center

  • Description

    • Welcome to the PGTRC!

      Problem gambling is defined by The National Council on Problem Gambling as "gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational."

      Like alcoholism and other addictions, it is a very real, very serious disorder; one that has far-reaching and devastating implications for many individuals.

      With 48 states now offering legalized gambling, and with games of chance available to everyone with Internet access, the number of people with gambling problems has grown. At the same time, knowledge about helping these people lags. "There are relatively few studies on the best way to help problem gamblers," says Dr. Bobbi Vollmer, Director of the Morgridge College of Education's Counseling and Educational Services Clinic.

      The PGTRC is passionate about increasing services available to problem gamblers, their families, treatment providers, and the community through clinical treatment, research, education, and prevention efforts.

  • What is Problem Gambling?

    • Problem gambling occurs when gambling behavior begins to have serious, adverse consequences in one or more area of life: personal psychological, interpersonal, financial, vocational, or physical.

      According to the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statiscal Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV TR), gambling behavior is considered pathological when a persion meets five or more of the following criteria:

      (1) is preoccupied with gambling (e.g., preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble) 
      (2) needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement 
      (3) has repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling 
      (4) is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling 
      (5) gambles as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression
      (6) after losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even ("chasing" one's losses) 
      (7) lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling 
      (8) has committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling 
      (9) has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling 
      (10) relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling 

      However, gambling should be considered a potential problem when any of the following criteria are met or any other adverse consequences are being felt as a result of gambling.

  • Services Offered

    • The Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center offers a treatment program for anyone affected by problem gambling.

      For full details of our services, please select the "Services" tab near the top of the page.

  • Supervision

    • Toll-free call in supervision is available to counselors working with those affected by problem gambling in Colorado. Please call Dr. Michael Faragher at 303-434-6981 or e-mail at for conference phone number and password.

  • Center Of Excellence

    • The Colorado Division of Behavioral Health has awared the PGTRC the contract to provide and oversee problem gambling treatment, counselor training and supervision in Colorado.

      We are, therefore, proud to announce the availability of our online gambling counselor trainings. See the "Training" tab for info on accessing the videos.

      Our 2009-10 Center of Excellent Annual Report is now available for viewing:

  • Annual Problem Gambling in Colorado Conference

    • Online videos of previous conferences are available under the "09 Conference", the "10 Conference", and the "11/12 Conference" tabs near the top of the page.

  • Contact The PGTRC

    • To schedule a counseling appointment or for more information, please call Dr. Michael Faragher at 303-434-6981 or e-mail at Or call the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic at 303-871-2528.

      The Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center has moved and is now located in our new building at:

      Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1st floor, Rm. 147

      1999 East Evans Avenue,

      Denver, CO 80208.

    • Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall
      Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall
This portfolio last updated: Jul 5, 2013 8:19:17 PM