APTPG - Professionals Assembled to Address Clinical Issues and Treatment Solutions for Compulsive Gambling Problems





Our next A.P.T.P.G. meeting is November 13, 2021, 9 AM-12 PM and will be held virtually.


Topic: "The Interplay of Gambling, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) & ACEs"

Presentors: Ray Ortiz and Nancy Stek

(2 CADC/LCADC renewal credit hours)


Please contact Ken Litwak at Ken.litwak2@gmail.com or (609) 328-0890  if you are interested in attending but did not receive the Zoom link.










The A.P.T.P.G. meeting on September 12, 2020, 9AM-12 PM was held virtually.


Topic: "Tobacco: Historic Trends and Treatment Issues"

Presentor: Dana Lugassy, LCSW. LCADC, CTTS

(2 CADC/LCADC renewal credit hours offered)


At 11:30 EDT, we held a special awards presentation.Our first award was to Honorable Judge Cheryl Moss, the first judge to preside over Nevada's first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court. We honored her with an award in cooperation with CCGNJ (Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey) and NJLAP (New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program). The 2019 Tony Milillo award recipient, Dana Lugassy, LCSW, LCADC, CTTS, and the 2020 Tony Milillo award recipient, Fran Gizzi LCSW, C-CATODSW, ICGC-2, also were recognized.


Please be advised due to the virus health alert we are cancelling the March 14th event. Thank you to everyone for your support and patience. Our next meeting is scheduled for May 9.


Our next A.P.T.P.G. meeting is March 14, 2020, 9AM-12 PM at the New Jersey Law Center.


Topic: "Nevada's First Gambling Treatment Court: A One Year Retrospective"

Presentor: Judge Cheryl Moss, Department I, Eighth Judicial District Court

(2 CADC/LCADC renewal credit hours offered)



Judge Cheryl Moss Department I Eighth Judicial District Court

Judge Cheryl Moss has served on the bench for over 19 years.  In 2001, Judge Moss was the first judge to implement problem gambling assessments in domestic relations cases.  In November 2018, Judge Moss became the first judge to preside over Nevada’s first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court (GTDC).  In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Moss has volunteered her time to serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Legal Issues, created by the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. Judge Moss graduated from the George Washington University, Washington DC, then attended the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC where she graduated in the top 25% of her class. 


Judge Moss was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1997, the District of Columbia Bar in 1995, and the Maryland Bar in 1994.  Prior to taking the bench, she was in solo private practice.  Judge Moss is a member of the Nevada District Judges Association, the International Masters of Gaming Law, the Clark County Bar Association, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Clark County Law Library.  Judge Moss is the daughter of the late Dr. Rena M. Nora, Chief of Psychiatry, Las Vegas VAMC and pioneer in the treatment of problem gamblers. 

January 20, 2018 APTPG meeting


NOW AVAILABLE - "GAMBLING IN THE MILITARY" - Be sure to read the article by Al Gesregan on a hidden issue that is now starting to receive attention.


 Please see our Resources and Information Page

Please read our Five (5) part series on the topic of: "Unresolved Gambling Treatment Issues".  Part 1 addresses the Crisis Stage of a gambling disorder. Part 2 deals with the role money plays in the life of an addicted gambler.  Part 3 discusses social and psychological losses that accompany abstinence, and Part 4 addresses grief associated with cessation of gambling.  The final part discusses the "magical thinking" of the compulsive gambler.


Available on APTPG's  Resources and Information Page - Click Here!



*** In Memoriam ***


Jeff Beck

1953 - 2018


Robert "Al"Gesregan

1938 - 2018


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of two of our long time members. They will be lovingly remembered by all those who came in contact with them.