September 15th, Pre-Conference and Conference Kick-Off Keynote Agenda

Once you have registered, you are registered for the entire conference.

  • Gambling & Substance Use Disorders: Awakening to Grief 
    Daniel Lloyd Smith, BACC, LCSW, Program Director, Assessment Counseling Solutions, St. Louis, MO

This workshop began many years ago as an examination of the stigma of addiction, “stuck tragically in the grief and mourning of addiction.”  It has developed into an  application of palliative/end of life care issues and techniques for gamblers and other addicts; into a review of available complementary alternative medical references as a practical adjunct if not replacement for meaning-making in cognitive behavioral therapy; and more recently into a practical how-to approach readily accessible by novice and experienced counselors.


  • Supervision During Times of Uncertainty and Unknowns
    Andrew Schreier, LPC, ICS, CSAC, ICGC-l, New Life Resources,  Inc., Waukesha Comprehensive Treatment Center, Menomonee Falls, WI

The pandemic brought significant change worldwide. Counseling and treatment services faced challenges as they transitioned from how to provide much needed services to help those dealing with a variety of issues during the pandemic. Throughout this time, we have been faced with several uncertainties and not knowing what was going to happen next. As helping professionals, we were tasked with helping people navigate through these changes. What help did we receive as supervisors and what help was given to fellow professionals to support them during these times? This pre-conference presentation will focus on understanding the difficulties and challenges when providing supervision during times of unknowns and providing tools and resources for helping professionals manage uncertainties. 




  • Problem Gambling and Mental Health Issues for Athletes
    Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC, Dyer Trains, Minneapolis, MN 

Problem and disordered gambling typically results in multiple negative outcomes, including risky behaviors, underperformance in roles, and mental health disorders. Problem/disordered gamblers often experience decreased academic and athletic performance, engage in socially isolating behaviors, experience difficulties in social relationships, and are at heightened risk of suicidal ideation and attempts. These athletes generally experience more intense anxiety, feelings of helplessness, irritability, and depression. Similarly, they are more prone to substance use disorders, behavioral problems, familial and financial hardships, and poor work and school performance.