Friday, September 17th Agenda

If you have registered on Wednesday or Thursday, you are registered for the entire conference.

  • Rose Blozinski, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling


  • Re-entry Challenges of Emerging Adults with Problem Gambling Behaviors/Disorders Back Into the Community
    Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC, Minneapolis, MN

As difficult as growing up in a juvenile correctional   facility can be, many young people adjust to life in such institutions with impressive resilience (Inderbitzin 2005). Gambling problems have been associated with various disorders including substance use, depression, anxiety disorder, ADHD, and suicide. As the time remaining on their sentences winds down, many turn their attention to the outside community and now try to imagine their lives as emerging adults transitioning developmentally from a correctional institution with a problem gambling disorder back into the community.


Complimentary Break

  • Youth Gambling: Trends, Prevention, and Treatment:  Ken Winters 
  • The Compulsive Gambler, Mind Games, Manipulations, and Relationships:  Regina K 
  • Bearing Witness to Pain: Coping With Secondary Trauma:  Scott Webb

Complimentary Break

  • How Most Financial Advisors Get It Wrong: What Makes Gamblers’ Family Financial Pictures So Different:  Dan Smith 
  • How Do YOU Define Gambling?: Doug LaBelle 
  • You Bet Your Life: Addressing Problem Gambling in Corrective Settings:  Fred Dyer


Complimentary Lunch

  • The Two Sides of Risk Taking: Adaptive Trait yet Contributor to Problem Gambling
    Ken Winters, Ph. D., Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute (MN location), Falcon Heights, MN

This talk will focus on research pertaining to risk-taking and its role both as an adaptive trait and as a  vulnerability for gambling problems. Whereas risk-taking has many negative aspects, including a source of personal danger, it is also a positive feature of human nature. Risk-taking behavior will be discussed from an evolutionary developmental perspective and its role in psychological functioning. How brain development influences risk-taking will be noted. Risk-taking tendencies, with several mediating factors, will then be discussed in light of their potential pathway to problem gambling. Clinical implications of these risk-taking issues will be highlighted.

Complimentary Break

  • Living Your Values, Multiplying Your Positive Feelings, Avoid Covid-19 Fatigue/Burnout: Patricia Jirovetz & Ann Frintner 
  • Addictions at the Verge: What Happens When Addictions Combine and What Happens to Gambling?:  Andrew Schreier 
  • Groups: Therapy, Recovery, Support, and Fun: Jim Harrison (Part 2 – Friday Only)