Lifetime Achievement Award

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The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of problem gambling within the State of California. Individuals are recognized due to their commitment and outstanding contribution to the issue of problem gambling in research, advocacy, fundraising, professional practice, policy making, training and/or voluntarism.

Past Recipients

  • (2016) Gary Lange, Ph.D, MFT
    Dr. Gary Lange, Ph.D, MFT been a Certified Addictions Specialist for over 30 years, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Rancho Mirage, CA since 1990, a Certified Gambling Counselor since 1995 and the Chair of the Training Committee for the California Council on Problem Gambling for more than a decade. He also serves on the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCC) and is a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC).

    Dr. Lange holds International and California Certifications as a Gambling Counselor, and has helped thousands of gamblers, alcoholics, addicts and their families throughout his distinguished career. He has worked at the Betty Ford Center (where he completed his dissertation on the recovery symptoms/patterns of family members) and is a current provider and supervisor for California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS) program.

    Dr. Lange is also a Professor of Psychology with California State University, is renowned as an international public speaker on gambling addiction-related topics, has published numerous articles on treating gamblers and their families in prestigious publications such as The Counselor and The Therapist, and is currently authoring a book centered upon treatment for the families of disordered gamblers.

    Please visit GaryLangePhD.com to learn more about Dr. Lange, his private practice, and his publications.

  • (2015) Thomas Marriscolo
    A retired Police Commander and Chief Deputy Coroner, Thomas ‘Tom’ Marriscolo is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area and is married with one daughter and two granddaughters.

    Tom has been involved in the recovery community, working to help problem gamblers and their loved ones, for more than three decades. From direct assistance to the gamblers and their loved ones, to educating casino leaders in California and throughout the country about problem gambling, to providing input into the laws which shape responsible gaming regulation and funding, Tom’s contributions within the recovery and problem gambling communities have occurred at all levels.

    Tom is one of a very select few to have been both the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Board of Regents for an international group recovery organization, and he is a former President of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG), having served in that capacity for nine years. Tom is renowned for his leadership skills, and his guidance was crucial to the sustained growth and success of each of these organizations.

    Tom has served on the CCPG board of Directors since 1997, on various problem-gambling related advisory committees for private and State agencies, and has presented at numerous national conferences on the topic of problem gambling.

  • (2014) Dr. Richard Rosenthal
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, CCGC-II, NCGC-II, BACC and Co-Director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (as of 2014), Dr. Richard Rosenthal is Board certified psychiatrist who has been treating gamblers since the early 1980’s.

    As one of the most renowned and respected names within the fields of problem gambling treatment and research, Dr. Rosenthal is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a recipient of the California Office of Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling’s lifetime achievement awards, and a recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s research award (to name just a few of many).

    Dr. Rosenthal was a co-author of the diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV), co-investigator on the first genetic study, and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on the phenomenology, course, complications, and treatment of pathological gambling.

    Dr. Rosenthal is the founder of the California Council on Problem Gambling, the creator of the first inpatient treatment program in the state of California and serves on the faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (as of 2014).

  • (2013) David and Linda Frankes
    David Frankes has been working to help problem gamblers since the 1980s. During that time he has served as a Director on the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Board of Directors, a Director and one-time President of the California Council on Problem Gambling and a member of the National Board of Trustees. David’s work behind on the scenes, on everything from public education to Council bylaws, has directly helped to raise public awareness of Problem Gambling while allowing the Council itself to grow and provide services throughout all of California.

    Linda Frankes has been working to help the loved ones of problem gamblers, also since the 1980s. In addition to her work as a Director and one-time treasurer of the California Council on Problem Gambling, Linda was a co-founder of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. She has interned as a gambling counselor, worked and volunteered as a peer counselor for families and been a delegate for the International Board of Delegates of Family Recovery.

  • (2012) Marc Lefkowitz
    Marc Lefkowitz is a recovering problem gambler with more than 29 years of personal abstinence. He is a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor, and is highly involved with a wide variety of gambling recovery and prevention programs.

    Known by an astounding number of people throughout the country, Marc is a gifted public speaker who has worked as a teacher, trainer and advocate for problem gambling treatment and prevention for more than 20 years.

    He has trained more than 350 problem gambling counselors and 75,000 casino employees. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people at conferences throughout the country. And he has taught or spoken to future alcohol and drug counselors at numerous colleges, including (but not limited to): UCLA, UCSD, Pierce College and Valley College.

    Marc’s contributions go beyond his professional experience. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the California Council on Problem Gambling for nearly two decades and routinely donates his personal time (and often travel expense) to help and educate others in a variety and at a variety of events ranging from personal counseling and local support groups to speaking at public events or conferences.

  • (2011) Dr. Durand “Dewey” Jacobs
    Durand F. Jacobs, Ph.D. is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, conferred by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and has been a Professor of Medicine (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine since 1978. He has been directly involved in treatment, training of health professionals, and research on addictive behaviors over the past 40 years. In 1972, he was instrumental in establishing the first inpatient treatment program for compulsive gamblers. He has received an International Achievement Award from McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk Behaviors for “his pioneering contributions to the field of youth gambling,” and now resides with his talented wife in Redlands, California.

    The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of problem gambling within the State of California. Individuals are recognized due to their commitment and outstanding contribution to the issue of problem gambling in research, advocacy, fundraising, professional practice, policy making, training and/or voluntarism. Being one of the founders of CCPG, Dr. Jacob’s dedication, research and contribution to problem gambling and addictions has provided results among Native Americans, Asians, substance abusers, and other high-risk groups which have been reported at many national and international conferences, and published in a number of journals and books. His pioneering contributions to the field of youth gambling have made significant contributions in the field of problem gambling worldwide.

  • (2010) Michael S. Cunningham
    Michael S. Cunningham has had a long and varied career in health and human service policy, administration and program development. A former Deputy Director for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Michael has more than 30 years’ experience managing, directing and consulting with agencies in the fields of gambling, alcohol and drug prevention and treatment. He began his career directing community-based residential treatment and youth prevention programs, and has held management positions in agencies and organizations addressing critical health and human service issues and problems at the local, state and national levels. He possesses extensive experience and expertise in assessing, developing, disseminating, and applying public health and social services knowledge and research-based practices for agencies and organizations at all levels.

    Among his many achievements are the establishment of a national framework for developing community prevention services; facilitating the development of the California Outcome Measurement System; the establishment of both the California Access to Recovery youth treatment program and the California Screening and Brief Intervention program; directing the initiative to re-engineer California’s statewide system of services; and directing the delivery of training and technical assistance for the federal government and numerous states and local communities on alcohol and other drug policy, program development and delivery.

    Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in Government from Claremont Graduate University.

Nominations
Nominations are accepted from the following sources:

  • CCPG Board of Directors (selected from a list generated by Board members).
  • The Office on Problem Gambling.

Eligibility Requirements
Experience includes one or more of the following; problem gambling research, authoring, issue avocation, state program administration, clinical practice, counseling, training, or volunteering.

  • 20 years of service working with problem gamblers, their families or the community.
  • An individual who reflects well on the issue of problem gambling through their example.
  • Has had direct, positive impact on Problem Gambling in the State of California.

Selection
Candidates are evaluated in terms of overall contributions to the field of problem gambling in the State of California and are selected by vote of the Board of Directors of the CCPG.

Award Presentation
The award ceremony takes place annually during the OPG Problem Gambling Awareness Month Kickoff Summit.

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