March 16th, Pre-Conference Agenda

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

  • Journey Through A Gamblers Mind: Beginning In Infancy, How This Gambling Addict’s Brain Has Been Shaped

 Sara Devine, MT-BC, LCSW, ICGC-II, Seed Inc, and Brett Devine, SAC-IT, Seed Inc, Appleton, WI

Take a journey with this gambler and learn about attachment styles and how they are formed in infancy, impacting future behaviors and patterns of thinking. Learn how C-PTSD (complex trauma) impacts brain development, future decisions, addictions, and resiliency. And continue the journey to see how proper treatment can restore and create new/damaged neuropathways in the brain and ultimately save lives.


  • How to Supervise Gambling Counselors for Increased Success

 Jerry Bauerkemper, BS, CCGC,  Problem Gambling Services Consultant – Iowa Problem Gambling – Iowa Problem Gambling Services, Galveston Island, Tx 

This workshop will help supervisors to understand the purpose, roles and the progress gambling clients exhibit in recovery from disordered gambling. The workshop will help with assignments supervisors can suggest to help with successful outcomes for gambling clients.


  • Gambling-Informed Ethics

Andrew Schreier, MA, LPC, ICGC-I, CSAC, ICS, New Life Resources,  Inc., Community Medical Services-South Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, WI

Gambling is an area that is often hidden in comparison to substance use, mental health, and other issues. If gambling itself remains in the dark, what do we know about some of the ethics involved in helping those with gambling use disorder. Many professionals will not even realize gambling is an issue until after beginning to address other issues within their own expertise. Suddenly, someone treating substance use or mental health may uncover gambling as a concern. What do they know about assessing gambling? How do they know about treatment methods specifically for gambling-related issues? Exploring gambling-informed ethics helps professionals who specialize in this population as well as those who have no experience when they encounter gambling among their populations of expertise.