Intensive Seminars – Program Abstracts

Schedule, Session Topics and Summaries

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Wednesday, June 16 
12:00pm – 2:00pm Beyond Tough Love: Compassion-based Interventions – Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC
This workshop will present emerging and evidence-based strategies focused on mindfulness, compassion-based interventions for helping individuals in relationship with someone struggling with problem and disordered gambling and gaming. Traditional models used for treatment of concerned others/family of those with addictive disorders including gambling and gaming have often employed concepts that have contributed to stigma and shame. Mindfulness, compassion-based interventions focus on non-judgmental and pragmatic approaches to helping partners and concerned others learn ways to reinforce recovery-oriented behaviors, develop self-care and self-compassion for themselves and firm compassion for their loved one. 
2:30pm – 4:30pm First Responders: When the Heroes Need Help – Shirley Hoak, JD, ICGC-II; Nancy Murray, CAGS, MA, LCDP, ICOGS  
How do we help first responders when they have a gambling problem? What are the barriers for them to seek help? These are the people we are supposed to turn to when we need help for ourselves, our families and our communities. We rarely think of them as a special population that might need our services. For the past year, we have been holding a weekly group for first responders. We will share lessons learned and give voice to what they have shared about getting help and what it takes for them to be in recovery. Join this interactive workshop.


Thursday, June 17
12:00pm – 2:00pm COVID and Prevention Programming: From Surviving to Thriving – Michael Buzzelli; Judy McCormick; Julie Hynes, Kaitlin Brown, ICGC-II, BACC; & Amanda Burke
.This panel will discuss three themes from the past year with each theme concluding in breakout rooms. The themes with accompanying breakouts include 1) Working with Special Populations: a) college-based, b) school-based, c) affiliates and partners; 2) Developing Collaborations: a) geographic collaborations, b) interdisciplinary collaborations; and 3) Building Resiliency: panelists and attendees remaining together to discuss moving the prevention field forward. This session includes key takeaways and tools to help prevention professionals build and strengthen their programs and partnerships during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and what we have learned about ourselves, our field and our communities.
2:30pm – 4:30pm Language of Recovery – George Mladenetz, ICGC-II
Stigma still exists and negatively impacts those with addiction and/or mental health disorders. The stigmatizing language clinicians use can have a profound negative effect on a person in recovery. This workshop will enable you to develop a greater understanding of the powerful nature of stigma, one of the greatest barriers to individuals receiving treatment and recovery support services. Various types of stigma will be discussed as well as stigmatizing language which will be contrasted with a Language of Recovery terms. Attendees will learn ways of combating problem/disordered gambling stigma through stigma reduction initiatives and learn how to destigmatize their workplace.


Wednesday, June 23
12:00pm – 2:00pm Responsible Gambling Issues for Sportsbook Staff – Keith Whyte; Dan Trolaro; Josh Ercole; Semhar Abed
Join NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte and presenters from NCPG State Affiliate Chapters for an interactive session on responsible gambling issues specific to sportsbooks. Presenters will discuss advertising, employee training, customer risk profiles, payments and other issues and workshop practical suggestions and solutions.
2:30pm – 4:30pm Harm to Third Parties: A Whole System ApproachJudith Glynn; Janine Robinson
The gambling field lags other risk-behavior fields in addressing harm to third parties, especially families. This session draws from evidence, environmental scanning, and interactive discussion to identify: 1) How third-party harm is defined and addressed for risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol, tobacco) in the four domains of Law and regulation, Policy, Prevention and education, and Treatment; 2) Solutions to reduce gambling-harm to third parties including, Third party exclusion programs, Treatment and peer support, Financial protocols and tools, Public education and toolkits, and Audience-generated ideas. This presentation proposes a whole system approach to reduce harm to third parties. 


Thursday, June 24
12:00pm – 2:00pm Creating a Student-Athlete Gambling Awareness Program in Nevada – Ted Hartwell
As many as 2% of Nevada’s youth may struggle with a gambling problem. Research suggests that student-athletes engage in gambling activities, particularly those revolving around sports, at significantly higher rates than their peers. This presentation will discuss a youth gambling awareness program that the author has recently developed for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. “Student-Athlete Gambling Awareness (SAGA)” is targeted principally at high school athletes who hope to play at the collegiate level, and was developed based on the findings of research carried out by Jeffrey Derevensky and others on NCAA athletes and their gambling behaviors. 
2:30pm-4:30pm Gaming & Gambling: Developing Clinical and Ethical EXP – Daniel Kaufmann, PhD, ICGC-II,BACC; Stephanie Diez-Morel, PhD
Recent years have shown that videogames and gambling represent an increase in clinical concerns related to gameplay / betting habits. As technology develops further into the future, clinicians may be likely to exercise their best judgment with clients while drawing inaccurate assumptions stemming from a variety of sources including a lack of awareness of how addictions to new technologies take hold and what the best application of recovery and prevention ideas might be across clinical contexts. This presentation seeks to define ethical and clinical best practices for working with technology driven problems such as gaming and gambling addictions.