Thursday and Friday Workshop Descriptions

  • Ethics of Technology in 21st Century Psychotherapy
    Andrew Bailey, LCSW

Ethics will be presented throughout Thursday’s presentations only. You must attend all 3 presentations to get full credit. If you plan to attend Ethics, you MUST check the Ethics box listed on the registration form to participate in the presentation.

During the pandemic many healthcare workers have been forced to expand their practice to include technology with which they were unfamiliar.  Without a good grasp of the technology or ethical issues, you could be exposing your clients’ information and opening up your practice to legal threats. It is possible to violate HIPAA without even knowing that you are doing so, and, in fact, many people do this every day! This workshop is designed to help you understand the issues related to technology in the provision of psychotherapy services.  It is specifically aimed at psychotherapists who do not have their own IT department to provide for their technological needs.  Get up-to-date  information about issues that may be hiding in your        software or your hardware.  Learn how to help your clients protect their own privacy. Discuss questions related to social media and marketing campaigns. Remember, technology is always changing; you’ll need to learn to keep pace.

  • You Bet Your Life: Addressing Problem Gambling in Correction Settings
     Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC, Minneapolis, MN

Problem gambling is considered in correctional settings as a complex and complicated issue, which impacts the culture and criminogenic prisonization risk factors and cognitive schemas of incarceration. In light of the  culture tolerance for recreational gambling and high rates of incarceration among problem gamblers, it is easy to expect gambling activities to be a common feature of prison life. One study/research of incarcerated offenders view gambling as a positive leisure experience associated with stress reduction. In fact, some research professionals consider offender gambling in prisons and jails a hidden leisure experience.

Sadly, there is almost no data available to answer basic questions: What are the patterns of inmate gambling in male prisoners? What types of gambling occur? How often and what resources do inmates use to bet with, and where do they acquire them?

Why do inmates engage in gambling activities? What are the institutional responses to real or perceived prison gambling? How does gambling affect inmate relationships? What are the consequences associated with running up debts? Could the institution reduce   inmate gambling by possibly addressing this behavior during prisoner orientation?

  • Groups: Therapy, Recovery, Support, and Fun Part 1 Thursday—Part 2 Friday
    Jim Harrison, BS, MS, LPC, CSAC, ICGC-II, BACC Cornerstone Counseling Services, Milwaukee, WI

This workshop is designed to discuss and share the dynamics, composition, activities, and facilitation of groups as a therapy tool. Topics to be discussed are: The purpose of groups, the composition of groups, how to select group topics, group rules and ethics, and the mechanics of group presentation and facilitation.

In addition to discussion, workshop participants will have the opportunity and privilege to take on the roles of group facilitators and group members in actual group settings.

  • Living Your Values, Multiplying Your Positive Feelings, Avoid Covid-19 Fatigue/Burnout
    Pat Jirovetz, ATRL, LPC, ICGC-II, Creative Calm  Counseling, LLC, Oshkosh, WI  & Ann Frintner, CSAC

Discuss the components of core values, create a focus wheel to increase positive feelings, identify Covid-19 fatigue/burnout and how to prevent it. Identify core values and why it’s important to live by them. Learn how core values are an integrative approach linking feelings, thinking, and behaviors. Create a focus wheel to find ways to think about a topic that are beneficial rather than destructive. Learn ways to keep a positive and upbeat attitude.

  • The Compulsive Gambler, Mind Games, Manipulations and Relationships
    Regina K, CEO Gam-Anon International Service Office

 Using information in Gam-Anon literature and focusing on information in the book, “GAMES COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS AND WE PLAY,”  this workshop will take an inside look at the lies, manipulations, and enabling in the dysfunctional relationships of an active compulsive gambler.

  • How Do YOU Define Gambling?
    Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, Kenosha, WI

You know what gambling is – right? Are you sure? What if there is skill involved? What if real money is not involved? What if it’s just social gambling? What about loot boxes? What if it’s for a charitable cause? What about the stock market? What if it’s on Facebook? If you know what gambling is, does that mean everyone agrees with your definition? As professionals, we need to be clear about what gambling is AND that clients may have a different opinion. If this potential difference is not   understood, clarified, and clinically managed, it will get in the way of our goal – helping clients make choices and decisions about their gambling and their lives.

  • Addictions at the Verge: What Happens When Addictions Combine and What Happens to Gambling?
    Andrew J Schreier, LPC, ICS, CSAC, ICGC-l, New Life Resources, Inc. and Waukesha Comprehensive Treatment Center, Menomonee Falls, WI

Substances, technology, and other behavioral addictions are combining to create additional challenges for clients and professionals. The old paradigm of “switching” or “substituting” is now being thrust into the wave of addictions meeting at the verge where one issue is potentially many. Imagine a smartphone or tablet app with a game that is free to play, has in-game purchases, and is in the form of a slot machine. Is it technology? Is it gaming? Is it gambling? The emergence of technology is creating a multitude of examples where different addictions are combining and the impact is uncertain. Becoming a gambling-informed professional will play an important role in helping to address many of the issues we are seeing today with other behaviors. With these addictions merging it’s important to ask, “Where is gambling in all of this?”

  • How Most Financial Advisors Get It Wrong: What Makes Gamblers’ Family Financial Pictures So Different
    Daniel Lloyd Smith, BACC, LCSW, Program Director,  Assessment Counseling Solutions, St. Louis, MO

Most financial management professionals are a wonderful guide to security and retirement goal management. But if the client is a gambler, and especially if the gambler has family involved, standard practices can veer off course so very much, endangering the gambler’s and the family’s    recovery.  Relying solely on GA’s “Pressure Relief” can also appear to be an outdated solution for many.  In almost three decades of working with gamblers and their families, this counselor has developed a sane approach to fixing the “seemingly insurmountable” and “most easily fixed” financial disasters of problem gamblers. 

  • Bearing Witness to Pain: Coping With Secondary Trauma
    Scott Webb, MSE, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, WI

Those who work in human services are often “wounded helpers” themselves. We will look at vicarious trauma and collective trauma and its effects on our work. We will discuss strategies to practice self-care for ourselves and for those who depend on us for help. 

  • Youth Gambling: Trends, Prevention, and Treatment 
     Ken Winters, Ph. D., Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute (MN location), Falcon Heights, MN

This presentation will address adolescent and young adult gambling by reviewing trends of gambling behavior as well as prevention and treatment issues. Topics include sports betting, loot boxes, the link between ADHD and problem gambling, the risk of early initiation of gambling, and industry prevention efforts. The continuing pattern of very few youth seek treatment will also be addressed.of