Thursday and Friday Workshop Descriptions

  • Gambling and Suicide

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

This workshop will look at how grief counseling plays a part of the recovery process in treatment for both SA and gambling clients. Participants will begin to see that the addiction itself needs to be grieved as well as past behaviors and circumstances.

  •       Facilitating Change: Science Backed Gambling Treatment Tools

  Dr. Heather Chapman, PHD, ICGC-II, BACC,  Northeast OH VA Medical Center, Cleveland VA

Facilitating Change: Science Backed Gambling Treatment Tools. Since the initial development of comprehensive gambling treatment programming, the science of motivation, behavior, and change has grown substantially. This presentation will draw on the latest brain science, suggesting interventions that are aimed at essential elements of recovery from gambling disorder.

  •  How to Cultivate and Maximize Legislative  Initiatives to Strengthen Problem Gambling Awareness and Programs 

 Brianne Doura-Schawohl, Washington DC-Baltimore Area · VP US Policy and Strategic Development · EPIC Risk Management

Problem Gambling awareness and programs are lacking in comparison to other addictions across the United States.  Yet, there are no shortages of legislation and regulation to expand legalized gambling. This interactive session will examine an overview of problem gambling policies and programs across the U.S. It will highlight ways that advocates can maximize legislation and regulation for expanded gambling, particularly sports wagering and online gaming to highlight the need for problem gambling supports.  We’ll examine the value of grassroots advocacy and how to build effective coalitions. The presentation will end highlighting some of the biggest takeaways and lessons learned from advocating for problem gambling funding and services since the overturning of PASPA and concluding with a call to action for all problem gambling stakeholders.

  • Understanding the Criminal Justice System 

  Bill Ginsberg, Mandell & Ginsberg Law Office, Madison, Wisconsin

Panel presentation with a defense attorney (Bill Ginsberg), a prosecutor, and a judge explaining the judicial system. They will offer their perspective and end by taking questions from the audience.

  • How To Identify And Deal With The Financial Problems That May Arise From Problem Gambling

Jim Harrison, BS, MS, CSAC, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC, Dousman, WI

Discussion about the financial issues that may be a result of problem gambling. Areas of concern will be: How to identify the problem, prevention, setting a budget, how to pay off the debt, where to get the help that is needed, as well as other related topics.

  • Daughter, Wife, Mom, Employee—The Many Faces of Women Gamblers

 LeAnne Holden, Waupon, WI and Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, Kenosha, WI

The negative impacts of Gambling Disorder are hidden in a variety of ways – until they can no longer be hidden. There are many faces that can be shown to the World to help hide these realities until the pain becomes too great. This presentation is One Woman’s story of the faces she wore in her world and how these Many Faces represented both the progression of her Gambling Disorder and of her Recovery.

  • Setting and Keeping Healthy Boundaries with Your Gambler

Abby Janssen, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, Affiliated Clinical Services, West Bend, WI

Discussion about the financial issues that may be a result of problem gambling. Areas of concern will be: How to identify the problem, prevention, setting a budget, how to pay off the debt, where to get the help that is needed, as well as other related topics.

  • Responsible Gambling or Harm Reduction? – Clinical Differences and Goals

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, Kenosha, WI

Gambling outcomes can range from fun and exciting (majority of adults who gamble) to gloomy and disastrous (1%-3% of adults who gamble experience gambling disorder) – or somewhere in-between. Also, gambling terminology may mean something different to the client then to the clinician. So, let’s be clear –responsible gambling and harm reduction, while different concepts, are both clinical techniques. When implemented appropriately, both can be useful and effective in working with gamblers across the clinical spectrum – social gambling – problem gambling – gambling disorder.

  • From Relapse to Self Reconciliation and Recovery

Edward Ramsey, LPC, CSAC, ICGC-II, APCSW, Eau Claire, WI

This presentation will focus on how to turn a relapse into a recycle. We will accomplish this by using it as an opportunity to identify hidden issues that can trigger a relapse, sabotage and undermine self reconciliation and long term recovery.

  • Gambling Among Substance Use Populations

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

What is the connection between substance use and gambling? With the opioid epidemic, increase in alcohol use, rise in stimulants, and return of psychedelics, it is important to think about the possible connection these populations of substances may also have with gambling. Those who gamble may also indulge in the use of substances. How do we pay attention to one if we are working on the other? What do we look for when working with either and/or both populations? Whether it is social, problem, or gambling use disorder it is important for those working in substance use to be aware of gambling; along with those who work with gambling be aware of issues related to substance use.