Thursday, March 17th Agenda

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


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

  •  Rules of Engagement: Essential Lessons Working with Veterans

Heather Chapman, Northeast OH VA Medical Center, Cleveland VA

Rules of Engagement: Essential Lessons Working with Veterans. As mental health practitioners work to become more intentionally culturally sensitive, responding to the needs of our military and veteran clients have received increased attention. Historically, the majority of us have had first hand knowledge of military life, having at least one close family member who served. Now the current landscape is of limited personal experience of military service.




Complimentary  Break

  • Setting and Keeping Healthy Boundaries with Your Gambler: Abby Janssen 
  • Daughter, Wife, Mom, Employee – The Many Faces of Women Gamblers: LeAnne Holden and Doug LaBelle 
  • Suicide and Gambling: Jerry Bauerkemper

Complimentary Break

  • Gambling Among Substance Use Populations: Andrew Schreier 
  • Responsible Gambling or Harm Reduction? – Clinical Differences and Goals: Doug LaBelle 
  • Facilitating Change: Science Backed Gambling Treatment Tools: Heather Chapman



Complimentary Lunch

  • Legal Panel 

Bill Ginsberg, Madison, WI


More information coming soon


Complimentary Break

  • How to Cultivate and Maximize Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen Problem Gambling Awareness and Programs: Brianne Doura-Schawohl 
  • From Relapse to Recovery Through Self-Reconciliation: Edward Ramsey 
  • How To Identify And Deal With The Financial Problems That May Arise From Problem Gambling: Jim Harrison

These are open meetings.

Special Presentation During the Awards Banquet: Drum Circles: An Alternative and Holistic Approach to Treatment
Facilitated by Jim Harrison, BS, MS, CSAC, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC

The drum is probably one of the first instruments used by humans. Drumming has been used as a method of communication, worship and spiritual ceremonies, entertainment, and just pure enjoyment and recreation. It has also been used as a form of stress and anxiety relief.

Drumming can also be used as a form of therapy. It creates a sense of connectedness with self and others; helps us to experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life; provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power; releases negative feelings, blockages, and emotional trauma; places one in the present moment; and provides a medium for individual self-realization.

The session will discuss the various types of drum circles, how to set up and facilitate a drum circle, the benefits of drumming instruments used, techniques, and rhythms. It will allow attendees to participate in a drum circle, as drummers and/or facilitators. Instruments will be provided, however participants may bring their own drums or “toys” if they so desire. It should be noted that no prior musical experience is necessary and all ability levels are welcome. This activity is devised to provide and emphasize fun, self-expression, stress reduction, social interaction and community building, exercise for mind, body and spirit, camaraderie and support, along with developing key musical skills; such as rhythmicity, improvisation, and ensemble playing.