About Us

Calpg.online offers learning sessions that enable you to work towards your California Certified Gambling Counselor (CCGC) credential, learn about problem gambling treatment, or to earn continuing education hours (CEs).

Darin Scharer
CCPG President
Robert Jacobson
Robert Jacobson
Executive Director

Our Mission

The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1986, dedicated to assisting problem gamblers and their families by promoting awareness, education, research, prevention and treatment for problem gambling.

We fulfill our mission through several core programs:

  • Operation of a statewide PG Helpline;
  • Training and certification of casino employees;
  • Training programs for providers, and others;
  • Distribution of help & prevention materials;
  • And community outreach to more than 100,000 Californians each year!

Meet Our Lead Instructors

Our instructors are highly qualified and carefully selected professionals who are regularly measured and observed to ensure the highest standards of professional education. We require that our instructors have extensive experience in the problem gambling or a related field, and each is a subject matter expert in the topic(s) on which they present.

Dr. Gary Lange

Dr. Gary Lange


Gary Lange, Ph.D. has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Rancho Mirage, CA since 1990 where he has treated thousands of gamblers, alcoholics, addicts and their families.

Dr. Linda Graves

Dr. Linda Graves


Linda Graves is currently the Executive Director for Association for State Problem Gambling Administrators, APGSA, a national organization of state employees that administer problem gambling funds within their respective states.

Marc Lefkowitz

Marc Lefkowitz


Marc Lefkowitz is a national speaker facilitating problem gambling trainings and workshops on topics including financial recovery, treatment, Gamblers Anonymous, and responsible gaming.

Robby Fuqua

Robby Fuqua


Robby worked providing counseling services to compulsive gamblers. Robby also conducted assessments, referral services, and other case management functions for several different state funded problem gambling helplines.

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