pre-conference workshops 

wednesday, july 20, 2022

Conference Track Key:

 TX – TreatmentREC – Recovery & CommunitySP – Sports 
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 Workshop

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

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 Workshop
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
RG

Tribal Sovereignty  & Responsible Gambling

Sheila Morago; Kara Fox-LaRose; Shannon Dictson; Wiley Harwell, ICGC-II

PX

Problem Gambling 101: An Introduction to Gambling Disorder

Jodie Nealley

N/A
 6:00 pm – 8:00 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 problem gamblers in order to continue gambling and/or pay off gambling related debts. Research on gambling-motivated crime suggests that more than 50% of those seeking help for gambling have committed at least one crime related to gambling and that the more severe the gambling disorder, the more likely the individual is to have committed a crime. Further, gambling-motivated crime is under-represented in clinician training and clinicians may not be equipped to screen for or treat individuals who engage in gambling-motivated crime. Similarly, advocacy efforts calls for more involvement by clinicians in helping lawyers/courts understand how engaging in gambling addiction counseling may result in better outcomes than traditional criminal justice outcomes. Therefore, the current workshop will provide knowledge and skills for clinicians to work with individuals accused of gambling-motivated crimes. Specific skills will include understanding gambling-motivated crimes, how to assess for whether clients have committed such crimes, how to work with clients accused of such crimes, what to write when approached to write a letter or evaluation to an attorney/judge/probation officer, etc. on behalf of a client, and how to advocate for clients as an expert witness. The workshop presenters have backgrounds in clinical settings, legal settings, and courtroom settings to provide well-rounded knowledge and skills. Participants will have the opportunity to work on relevant scenarios to practice skills learned in the workshop.

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 expansion. A quick google search will yield overwhelming results and 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 as part of the GameSense team at Encore Boston Harbor, about the most popular bets, what key terms mean and a little bit about how the house edge. We will also touch on some PG and RG best practices for sports betting in both the brick and mortar and mobile worlds. You will leave being able to have more than just an elevator conversation.

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, confidence building, self-talk/visualization, focus/motivation, working through adversity) that research has shown to lead to game-changing success. Most importantly, we provide education and prevention strategies to athletes on the topics of mental health and addiction. 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. Back in the Game has shown drastic improvement in athlete motivation and focus. Our data has shown a 20% increase in mental skills knowledge and application, a 47% decrease in major depressive symptoms, and an 18% decrease in performance anxiety symptoms amongst our athletes.

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 (Nilsson et al., 2020) and one of the most commonly used interventions to treat the disorder. The purpose of this training is to provide a comprehensive overview of CBT for the treatment of gambling disorder. CBT is a broad term with several distinct interventions subsumed under its umbrella. This training will focus on CBT that conceptualizes gambling disorder as a dysfunctional pattern of behavior that represents maladaptive coping responses to the world within and around us. The CBT model presented posits that gambling is a learned behavior that can be altered via cognitive restructuring and behavioral modification and is the intervention described and utilized in several gambling disorder clinical trials (Petry et al., 2006, 2008,2009). 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 such as behavioral activation, coping with cravings, and gambling refusal skills. 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. A synopsized session recap will air on “ALL IN: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast” during NCPG Take-Away Week (July 25th – 31st) in addition to extended interviews with forum attendees from a range of diverse industry perspectives. 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

Sheila Morago; Kara Fox-LaRose; Shannon Dictson; Wiley Harwell, ICGC-II

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.