pre-conference workshops 

wednesday, july 20, 2022

Conference Track Key:

 TX – TreatmentREC – Recovery & CommunitySP – Safer Sports Betting
RG – Responsible GamblingPX – PreventionALL – No Track, All Attendees

Workshops are limited to 45 participants each. Lunch not included in registration fee.

CE’s

Time

Track

Session Details

2




1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

TX

Critical Skills Every Clinician Should Know: Gambling-Motivated Crimes

Michelle Malkin, JD, PhD; Jody Bechtold, ICGC-II, BACC; Alyssa Wilson; Cheryl Moss, JD

REC

SMART: Mutual Aid CBT for Gambling Recovery

Kitty Martz; Brian Ward

SP

Safer Sports Betting Summit – Part 1

RG

Sports Betting 101

Ken Averill

PX

Athletes, Mental Health and Gambling – Risk Factors and Prevention

Robert Bumbaco

N/A
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Break
ALLBreak & Networking
2
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops
TX

A Primer on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Gambling Disorder

Jeremiah Weinstock, PhD; David Ledgerwood, PhD

REC

Etymology, Efficacy and Eschewing Endangerment – An Interactive World Café Dialogue

Brian Hatch; Kitty Martz

SP

Safer Sports Betting Summit – Part 2

RG

Tribal Sovereignty  & Responsible Gambling

Wiley D. Harwell, DMin, ICGC-II; Kara Fox-LaRose; Shannon Dictson; Jennifer LeBlanc

PX

Problem Gambling 101: An Introduction to Gambling Disorder

Jodie Nealley

N/A
 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception
ALL Welcome Reception & Networking 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SESSION ABSTRACTS

Critical Skills Every Clinician Should Know: Gambling-Motivated Crimes

Michelle Malkin, JD, PhD; Jody Bechtold, ICGC-II, BACC; Alyssa Wilson; Cheryl Moss, JD

Gambling-motivated crimes are mostly acquisitional crimes committed by gamblers in order to continue gambling and/or pay off gambling-related debts. Research suggests that over 50% of those seeking help for gambling have committed at least one gambling-motivated crime. Clinicians may not be equipped to screen for or treat individuals who engage in gambling-motivated crime. Participants will learn to assess if clients have committed gambling-motivated crimes, how to work with clients accused of such crimes, what to write when approached by a legal representative on behalf of a client, and how to advocate for clients as an expert witness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of gambling-motivated crime including defining gambling-motivated crime, describing up-to-date research; providing the landscape for understanding gambling-motivated crime within the legal profession and courts; and how clinicians interact with the legal system for their clients.
  • Identify clinical interventions to use when working with clients that may have already committed gambling-motivated crimes, including what questions to ask, guidance on what to say, not say etc. and how this is different from GA. Identify how to write clinical reports and evaluations when providing expert testimony to client’s attorney, judge, etc. vs skills to use when serving as an expert witness. Describe ways to advocate within the legal system (PD, Attorneys, Pre-sentencing investigation, etc.).
  • Utilize knowledge and skills in hands-on activities based on scenarios within clinical practice, report writing, and client’s legal process.
SMART: Mutual Aid CBT for Gambling Recovery

Kitty Martz; Brian Ward

This hands-on, interactive workshop will detail the skills taught in “SMART” (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery. SMART is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has been found effective in managing a range of compulsive behaviors. Presenters have found it to be especially useful in supporting peers with disordered gambling and also with co-occurring disorders and cross addictions that can impact the gambling recovery process. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, SMART Recovery groups were quick to pivot and offer online mutual aid support, around the clock and around the world. It is the hope of these presenters that SMART will remain accessible to individuals who previously
had limited contact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to complete an “ABC”, “Cost-Benefit Analysis”, “Lifestyle Balance Pie” and “Change Plan Worksheet” related to gambling recovery and go home. Tools/worksheets will be provided.
  • Understand the goals of SMART Recovery and related skills: Building and Maintaining Motivation, Managing Urges and Triggers, Addressing Thoughts/Feelings/Behaviors and Living a Balanced Life.
  • Obtain resources for connecting with SMART Recovery meetings online and in person, to take back to their own recovery communities and practices.
Sports Betting 101

Ken Averill

Whether your jurisdiction has authorized sports betting or not, you are likely trying to quickly navigate this rapidly evolving area of gaming. It is easy to get lost in all the information that is out there. In this workshop you will learn from someone who was once in casino management, had oversight over a sportsbook and now helps keep players healthy. You will learn about the most popular bets, what key terms mean and a little bit about the house edge. We will also touch on some PG and RG best practices for sports betting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning what the most common bets are and what they mean for both the player and the operator.
  • Gaining an understanding of sports betting vernacular.
  • Discussing best practices for sports betting in both the brick-and-mortar and mobile worlds.
Athletes, Mental Health and Gambling – Risk Factors and Prevention

Robert Bumbaco

Back in the Game is a sports performance program for athletes of all ages. Our goal is to teach athletes the necessary mental skills to take their game to the next level! We focus on teaching six core mental skills (goal setting, preparation, confi dence building, self-talk/visualization, focus/motivation, working through adversity) that research has shown to lead to game-changing success. We address topics such as problem gambling, problem gaming, substance use, and overall mental health. Our goal is to educate young athletes on the various risk factors that they may experience throughout their
athletic careers and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  • Our program addresses mental health risks that athletes may face throughout their competitive careers. Back in the Game works to provide athletes with the knowledge and techniques necessary to avoid forming bad mental health habits, as well as ways to develop self-care skills and emotion management.
  • Our program also provides insight into serious mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and substance use. Our program seeks to provide education into the topic of gambling. Back in the Game aims to prepare athletes to be able to better identify potential problem gambling risk factors in an ever changing sports betting environment. Our program also identifies the links between problem gaming and problem gambling. We offer information on how to identify warning signs, potential risks, and strategies to keep it safe when it comes to gaming and gambling.
  • The Back in the Game program is designed as a preventative measure to help athletes recognize the potential warning signs that accompany mental health disorders and problem gambling. Our goal is to educate athletes and prepare them to recognize risk factors on their own, as well as develop the appropriate coping strategies when challenges do arise.
A Primer on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Gambling Disorder

Jeremiah Weinstock, PhD; David Ledgerwood, PhD       

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically-supported intervention for the treatment of gambling disorder. The purpose of this training is to provide a comprehensive overview of CBT for the treatment of gambling disorder. The workshop will begin with an overview of the CBT model, including how cultural context and social identity are incorporated within the model. Next, the presentation will review how to conduct a functional analysis leading to a case conceptualization. The presentation concludes with an outline of the seven skill-building modules. Attendees will work through several case studies to familiarize themselves with the ideas and skills presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the core conceptual CBT model, including how to incorporate a client’s cultural context and social identity.
  • Define the purpose of a functional analysis and its purpose in the context of CBT.
  • Identify common skills that clients can use to respond to antecedents that elicit the urge to gamble and increase the risk of relapse.
Etymology, Efficacy and Eschewing Endangerment – An Interactive World Cafe’ Dialogue

Brian Hatch; Kitty Martz                                

Beloved podcaster Brian Hatch and Executive Director of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Kitty Martz will facilitate a provocative, conversational space to connect on a spectrum of variables correlated to mitigating potential gambling harm. Relevant small group topics will be progressive in sequence, including the development of unified lexicons for meaningful dialogue, achieving sustainable research funding, timely standardization of regulatory parameters, and requisite pivots to keep pace with emerging platforms. Registered attendees will be asked to complete a pre and post-forum questionnaire to inform demographics, context and to further capture participants’ poignant insights.

Learning Objectives:

  • Synthesize diverse perspectives from individuals with an interest in prevention representing the gambling industry, treatment professionals, researchers, public policy makers, regulators and individuals with lived experienced.
  • Connect and dialogue in a structured, outcome-based format with other conference attendees, re-igniting the interests and intentions of conference attendees who have not had this opportunity in a considerable time due to COVID-19 precautions.
  • Collate a summary of discussion points and demographic representation to inform future prevention priorities.
Tribal Sovereignty & Responsible Gambling

Wiley D. Harwell, DMin, ICGC-II; Kara Fox-LaRose; Shannon Dictson; Jennifer LeBlanc

For commercial casinos, responsible gambling programs are a critical component of broader corporate social responsibility efforts. For tribes, the issue is one of community and tribal government social responsibility as well. In this session, presenters will discuss the importance of tribal sovereignty how it affects responsible gambling efforts.

Problem Gambling 101: An Introduction to Gambling Disorder

Jodie Nealley

In the era of expanding gambling, it is important for those working in the field of behavioral and public health to increase their base of knowledge of gambling disorder. This introductory training aims to increase participants familiarity with the topic problematic gambling so that they may better learn from more advanced workshops throughout the conference. This training will include an overview of prevalence, risk factors, co-occurring disorders, evidence-informed treatment, and recovery supports. Participants will learn how to incorporate problematic gambling information into their work as clinicians and social service providers.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss history and development of the problematic gambling field
  • Review stages, signs, symptoms, and progression of problem gambling
  • Explain risk factors associated with problem gambling
  • Identify evidence informed treatment and recovery supports.