Webinar: Youth Gambling: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why $20

Date

2/8/2023

Start Time

10:00 am

End Time

11:30 am

About the Event

February 8, 2023 (10am-11:30am CDT)  1.5 CEUs

Traditional gambling is viewed as adults going to the casino.  In looking at age restrictions of gambling, we do not automatically connect gambling with youth.  As a result, some people may even question the need to address the topic of youth gambling at all with thoughts of “youth can’t get into a casino and gamble” or “they don’t have enough money to gamble let alone for it to be a problem.”  Denying the existence of youth being able to gamble prevents us from exploring and understanding important questions.  Do youth gamble?  How do they afford it?  Can youth gambling even become problematic?

Youth do in fact gamble and have for several years, yet certain events and changes have resulted in a renewed interest in sports gambling.  Emerging issues among youth, such as video games and social media, often neglect to acknowledge the “gamblification” that exists within.  Growing trends like online gambling and sports betting are shining a light on how it is no longer keeping gambling in the shadows.  Concerns such as mental health, substance use, and suicide have grown significantly in recent years prior to and after the impact of COVID19.  Gambling among youth and in general has direct connections with each of these issues impacting youth today.

It’s important for parents, educators, treatment providers, mental health professionals, and anyone working with youth to have an awareness towards gambling.  This webinar will provide an important overview of the five W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) of youth gambling, so someone can feel more comfortable noticing gambling and potential warning signs that problems may be occurring.  By identifying problems with gambling, we can provide better intervention services earlier on for youth.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about what youth are doing to gambling, where it often occurs, and when they are likely to be exposed to gambling.
  2. Review why youth gamble and some of the specific connections related to certain events, changes, and trends.
  3. Identify who is at-risk for gambling, problem gambling, and gambling use disorder and identify ways to help youth who are showing concerns over gambling behaviors.

Presenter Bio:

Andrew J. Schreier is an Independent Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and International Certified Gambling Counselor – II.  Mr. Schreier graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  He is the Wisconsin Clinical Coordinator for Community Medical Services provides medicated-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder.   He provides oversight and guidance for all clinical and behavior health services.  Mr. Schreier also works at New Life Resources, Inc. that provides individual counseling/therapy, children and adolescent services, couples/marital counseling, step/blended families, group therapy, addiction counseling, psychological testing, and consultation.  Experience over the years include working in group home, halfway house, residential, medicated-assisted treatment, and outpatient treatment settings working with a variety of addictions.  He presents on various topics related to substance use, mental health, gambling, clinical supervision, ethics, and various other topics to statewide and national audiences.   Mr. Schreier is the host of “Talking Addiction & Recovery” Podcast.

Continuing Education Units applied for:

  • Social Workers
  • WI Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services
  • NAADAC
  • EACC
  • IGCCB