2017 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference

Mar 2 - Mar 3, 2017, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

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Event Description
Presented by Ohio for Responsible Gambling and hosted by Drug Free Action Alliance, the 2017 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference will bring together national and local experts in problem gambling prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, research, administration and responsible gambling.

The theme of this year’s conference is Fully Integrating Problem Gambling Services into Behavioral Health and will feature multiple presentations that focus on providing cohesive services. 

NCPG hours, RCH's, and CE's for Counselors and Social Workers are being sought via OhioMHAS.


 Conference Objectives:
  • Participants will learn best practices to help integrate problem gambling services into behavioral health. 
  • Participants will learn strategies to help enhance community readiness around problem gambling in Ohio.
  • To promote best practices in problem gambling treatment, prevention and intervention.
  • To strengthen the relationship between problem gambling service providers and responsible gambling efforts in the gaming industry.


​Please note, we will no longer be able to offer refunds after February 10, 2017.
Schedule
Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Registration and Exhibitor Area Open

NorthPointe Prefunction
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM EST

Opening Remarks

NorthPointe Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST

The Addiction Syndrome: An Idea Whose Time has Come - Keynote Presentation

Bruce S. Liese - Ph.D, A.B.P.P NorthPointe Ballroom

For years various addictions were thought to be caused exclusively by their associated substances. For example, it was thought that heroin addiction was uniquely caused by the chemicals in heroin and tobacco addiction was uniquely caused by nicotine. The concept of “The Addiction Syndrome” was first introduced by Howard Shaffer in 2004. A syndrome is a cluster of signs and symptoms related to an abnormal underlying condition. What Shaffer has been arguing for over a decade is that we place too much emphasis on the substances (or “objects”) typically thought to be addictive, when in fact it is the underlying addiction syndrome that provides a better explanation for most, if not all, addictive behaviors. This way of thinking is especially timely, given the introduction of “Gambling Disorder” in DSM-5 as the first “Non-Substance-Related Addictive Disorder.”

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10:30 AM - 10:45 AM EST
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST

Lessons Learned: Integrating Gambling into AoD Treatment; It's a Process!

This presentation will provide an overview of how Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery-Addiction Services successfully integrated gambling use disorder treatment and recovery services into an existing AoD organization. As a result of the fairly recent Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board ruling which permitted substance use professionals to provide gambling treatment services, we embarked on a journey to incorporate gambling into our current system. We began this process in 2010, and have learned valuable lessons through our trials and triumphs. Our methodology is based on a holistic approach, utilizing a variety of therapeutic evidence-based strategies.

Show details Hide details

Engaging Families & Loved Ones (and Billing for It!)

Thanks to funding from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH), Maryhaven's One More Chance program is the first in the state to offer free education, counseling and treatment to family members impacted by their loved one's gambling. This session will focus on learning from the early stages of this work (launched in 2016) -- on how to reach and support loved ones in their efforts to find answers for both themselves and the problem gambler.

Show details Hide details

The Power of Collaboration: Tackling Problem Gambling Issues

This presentation will provide an overview of the Southwest Ohio Problem Gambling Services Alliance (PGS), a unique collaborative made up of problem gambling service providers from the Southwest Region of Ohio. This self-formed group began in 2014 with the goal of providing both structure and direction to the professionals from the problem gambling field as it was gaining momentum. The PGS Group meets monthly providing a unique networking opportunity between providers from agencies around the region. In addition, it provides an open forum for on-going communication about gambling trends on local, state and national levels. Our group keeps members informed regarding legislative updates to ensure full understanding of both state and local gambling policies. Having both the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) as partners, has kept us engaged and current at the state level. The group is truly a resource network of its own, receiving updates on promising and best practice problem gambling prevention curriculum as they are developed and implemented. One of the biggest assets of the group has been the PGS media timeline. This has been developed and maintained to track all problem gambling prevention efforts and public awareness campaigns being implemented in Southwest Ohio, allowing providers to maximize allocations and ensure consistent problem gambling messaging. This presentation will also demonstrate how the prevention efforts of distinct counties were aligned with the award winning “Be the 95%” statewide responsible gambling campaign, while still maintaining their unique agency appeal.

Show details Hide details

Manualized CBT Group for Diverse Addictive Behaviors

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapeutic approach for gambling disorder. Dr. Liese, one of the nation’s leading CBT trainers, will present a highly interactive workshop presenting a manualized cognitive behavioral therapy for diverse addictive behaviors, including drug and alcohol misuse, gambling and shopping, binge eating and pathological Internet use.

Show details Hide details

Understanding Gambling - Games, Odds, Illusions

In an interactive lecture format, this presentation will discuss elements of the process of gambling that influence the manner of play and, for vulnerable individuals, may increase the risk of developing a problem related to gambling. There are a number of elements in commercial gambling that are designed to encourage and maintain play, increasing the possibility for a level of involvement that places vulnerable individuals at risk. These include, but are not limited to, the structure of games, the “illusion” of winning, “comps” and the physical structure of venues. Included in this presentation will be a discussion of the way odds are set for various games and wagering situations. Additionally, the odds of games, the manner in which odds are determined and the ways venues make a profit will be presented. Included in this will be a discussion of some of the ways vulnerable individuals may misinterpret the likelihood of winning. Attendees will become more conversant in discussing specifics of gambling, adding to their credibility and their ability to understand specific vulnerabilities of their clients and /or audiences.

Show details Hide details
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Lunch / Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline Presentation

NorthPointe Ballroom
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM EST

Using SPF as a Guide for Problem Gambling Prevention

This presentation will provide an overview of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and describe how it was utilized in Montgomery County, Ohio to guide gambling prevention efforts during all project phases - - from inception to project evaluation (and all stages in between). We first utilized the SPF to conduct several local phone surveys to help identify the problem gambling prevention needs of residents in Montgomery County. Survey results were used to identify three priority areas to address. These priority areas were then translated into detailed logic models to better define the prevention strategies to be utilized and list our expected outcomes. We then began to recruit relevant community partners and cultivate project buy-in. Our consultant, early project partners and initial research evidence suggested the development of a Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition to oversee and lead these prevention efforts. Once formed, coalition members helped to identify/develop problem gambling prevention strategies (direct, indirect, environmental) to address our priority areas. We also made use of the SPF’s recommendation to conduct on-going evaluation to determine the success of our prevention efforts. Examples of coalition prevention strategies and outcomes will be discussed. This presentation will also highlight how the county efforts were intertwined with the award winning “Be the 95%” statewide responsible gambling campaign.

Show details Hide details

Integrating Problem Gambling Services with AoD and Mental Health Programs

This workshop will discuss strategies on how to integrate gambling addiction education and intervention services into already existing AoD and mental health prevention and treatment programs. Participants will receive examples of interactive activities that can be used to discuss the impact that harmful gambling behaviors can have on addiction and mental health disorders.

Show details Hide details

Building Cultural Competence in Problem Gambling Services

Gambling issues are expressed differently in each culture. The breakout session will take a team approach in addressing the need to build alliances in different communities in order to gain a better understanding of each to serve them more effectively. We will examine the concept of Culture humility, building on existing programs, and avoiding cultural arrogance, and finally we will share the process and results from a joint effort between the Asian American Community Services (AACS) and Maryhaven's Gambling Intervention Program.

Show details Hide details

Problem Gambling, Co-Occurring Disorders, and the Addictive Brain

This session will examine the relationship between problem gambling and mental illness. Problem gambling, like chemical addictions, involves behaviors which become compulsive, out of control, and are continued despite the negative consequences. This presentation will examine the relationship that problem gambling has with areas of trauma, depression, and anxiety. Discussion will center on the CUBIS Model of Addiction and the relationship that problem gambling has with the addicted brain. Case studies will be presented, as well as a clinical template for treatment.

Show details Hide details

Building an Effective Problem Gambling Campaign: Statewide and Locally

As service providers, we are adamant about defeating problem gambling. How do we get community members to feel the same way? This session will look at how to effectively build awareness of problem gambling through traditional and social marketing strategies. Social marketing strategies focus on awareness building and strategic policy development. The session will explore ways to use existing data and build upon data to identify and reach your target populations. Identifiable behavioral targets and milestones will be discussed, along with state and local campaigns and resources in Ohio. Participants will receive a set of tools to develop a targeted gambling message in their areas.

Show details Hide details

The GA Experience

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men
and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from a gambling addiction. Most treatment providers have likely referred their clients to a Gamblers Anonymous group – but do you actually know how it works? This session will feature a live Open GA meeting, where you can come and observe a real meeting, with a chance to interact with participants and ask questions at the end of the session.

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3:15 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Afternoon Break, Exhibitors and Networking

NorthPointe Prefunction
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Gaming Industry Partners - Our Role in Responsible Gaming in Ohio

NorthPointe Ballroom

This panel presentation will provide an overview of the work done within the industry to reduce potential harm to the players and patrons of Ohio’s casinos, racinos and lottery. Representatives from several of the gaming organizations will be on hand to describe their responsible gaming staff training protocols, practices to ensure patron safety, and to answer audience questions.

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4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Closing Remarks / CE Pickup

NorthPointe Ballroom
Friday, March 3, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Registration and Exhibitor Area Open

NorthPointe Prefunction
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM EST

Opening Remarks

NorthPointe Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM EST

Creating Comprehensive Problem Gambling Prevention through Courage and Community - Keynote Presentation

This presentation will discuss the current “state of prevention” from the point of view of the National Council on Problem Gambling, review models of successful public health prevention campaigns and offer examples of evidence-based prevention strategies which can be adopted by state and local organizations. Helping professionals participate in the continuum of care addressing all ages and stages of the lifespan, and it is helpful when our work is informed by traditional child caring wisdom and the science of positive youth development. As we work to integrate problem gambling within the world of “ATOD” and the greater culture as a whole, we seek to increase our own and others’ capacity for resilience, healthy living, and for being the best “informed consumers” possible.

Show details Hide details
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Identifying & Helping Gamblers in a Behavioral Health Agency

Building a gambling treatment program inside of a behavioral health organization presents challenges and opportunities for both clients and staff. Traditional behavioral health organizations may struggle identifying clients with gambling disorders within current client populations. This session explores the success and experience of Zepf Center in Toledo, Ohio. At Zepf Center, persons with a gambling disorder are not often identified during the initial comprehensive assessment for various reasons. Clients are introduced to the gambling program and screened 1 or 2 weeks after entering their SUD treatment programs and every 6 weeks thereafter. Continued use of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) is a key part of the gambling reassessment process. Often, as clients move through treatment programs they begin to gain insight into themselves and the true nature and depth of their problems. Clients meeting Gambling Disorder criteria (DSM5) can enter the gambling program anytime during their treatment process and frequently do, particularly if they notice themselves returning to old gambling thoughts and behaviors. Many gambling program clients come to view gambling treatment as vital to their recovery and relapse prevention plans. Zepf regularly identifies over 15% of their current client population who are exposed to this SOGS program as having a co-occurring gambling disorder. This method of gambling client identification has allowed Zepf Center to complete well over 400 SOGS in the last year, employ a full time gambling counselor, consistently treat 20 or more gambling clients per week and maintain 2 well attended gambling treatment groups per week.

Show details Hide details

Basics, Best Practices & Collaboration in Problem Gambling Services

It may seem like there is a divide between problem gambling prevention and treatment professionals because the terminology used, methods employed, and responsibilities of each are not well understood by the other. Through the use of the poster presentations, participants with be able to delve into information that is essential for new prevention and treatment professionals to know in order to bridge this gap. Participants can expect to learn common abbreviations, definitions, and terminology; the basics of the DSM-V including the problem gambling classification; analyze evidence-based prevention strategies; review techniques used in treatment; discuss SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Continuum of Care; and explore ways prevention and treatment professionals can collaborate to better serve individuals and communities.

Show details Hide details

Problem Gambling Prevention & Adaptation to Audiences

This engaging, discussion-based session will describe the Catalyst Bystander Program that was created and implemented by Recovery Resources and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to educate college and university students about Mental Health, Addiction and Sexual Violence. This program was further developed and adapted to meet the needs of other specific populations in the Cleveland area including the Asian population, the older adult population, and various faith-based communities. This session will describe the steps taken to generate buy-in around Problem Gambling, create partnerships, build cultural competency, and implement the program along with successes and challenges in adapting a problem gambling program to meet the needs and goals of diverse groups. Participants will then share current programming at their organizations/agencies and discuss how these programs could be adapted to meet the different needs of varying populations in their regions.

Show details Hide details

Money 101

Money is usually a major concern with gamblers and their families and is a constant source of family anger & turmoil. Most clinicians fear dealing with client money issues and avoid the discussion or quickly refer to outside sources. We have been trained to let money issues be handled by the professionals. For the most part that is true, but to reduce initial money pressures it is necessary to understand the basics of money management. Many communities do not have a GA pressure relief service.
This workshop outlines a step by step process that can relieve money stresses and prepare the client for further budgeting assistance. Initially we discuss money safety tools that can help a family stabilize financially and see hope from the financial quagmire.
Next there will be an in depth practice exercise looking at debt identification, spending patterns, monthly income, expenses, and restitution planning. Credit reports, bankruptcy, credit cards, payday loans, debt consolidation, and available financial planning and budgeting organizations will be discussed. All is designed to assist in creating a manageable financial plan. This working knowledge can help counselors feel more comfortable in discussing client money issues and give the family some initial hope for their financial future - an initial step in the process of change.

Show details Hide details

A Family Affair: Addressing Co-Dependency, Domestic Violence & Suicide

In this workshop we will explore the involvement of family members in treatment. We will look at the benefits and the disadvantages of involving the family. We will also discuss mental health issues, domestic violence and issues around suicide of family members of problem gamblers. We will review case studies that look at how family involvement can impact treatment services.

Show details Hide details
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM EST
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Optional Ethics Training (Additional Fee)

Lunch will be provided to those who participate in either ethics training from 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM.

Each ethics session will begin at 12:45 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Registration and Exhibitor Area Open

NorthPointe Prefunction
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM EST

Opening Remarks

NorthPointe Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST

The Addiction Syndrome: An Idea Whose Time has Come - Keynote Presentation

Bruce S. Liese - Ph.D, A.B.P.P NorthPointe Ballroom

For years various addictions were thought to be caused exclusively by their associated substances. For example, it was thought that heroin addiction was uniquely caused by the chemicals in heroin and tobacco addiction was uniquely caused by nicotine. The concept of “The Addiction Syndrome” was first introduced by Howard Shaffer in 2004. A syndrome is a cluster of signs and symptoms related to an abnormal underlying condition. What Shaffer has been arguing for over a decade is that we place too much emphasis on the substances (or “objects”) typically thought to be addictive, when in fact it is the underlying addiction syndrome that provides a better explanation for most, if not all, addictive behaviors. This way of thinking is especially timely, given the introduction of “Gambling Disorder” in DSM-5 as the first “Non-Substance-Related Addictive Disorder.”

Show details Hide details
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM EST
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST

Lessons Learned: Integrating Gambling into AoD Treatment; It's a Process!

This presentation will provide an overview of how Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery-Addiction Services successfully integrated gambling use disorder treatment and recovery services into an existing AoD organization. As a result of the fairly recent Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board ruling which permitted substance use professionals to provide gambling treatment services, we embarked on a journey to incorporate gambling into our current system. We began this process in 2010, and have learned valuable lessons through our trials and triumphs. Our methodology is based on a holistic approach, utilizing a variety of therapeutic evidence-based strategies.

Show details Hide details

Engaging Families & Loved Ones (and Billing for It!)

Thanks to funding from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH), Maryhaven's One More Chance program is the first in the state to offer free education, counseling and treatment to family members impacted by their loved one's gambling. This session will focus on learning from the early stages of this work (launched in 2016) -- on how to reach and support loved ones in their efforts to find answers for both themselves and the problem gambler.

Show details Hide details

The Power of Collaboration: Tackling Problem Gambling Issues

This presentation will provide an overview of the Southwest Ohio Problem Gambling Services Alliance (PGS), a unique collaborative made up of problem gambling service providers from the Southwest Region of Ohio. This self-formed group began in 2014 with the goal of providing both structure and direction to the professionals from the problem gambling field as it was gaining momentum. The PGS Group meets monthly providing a unique networking opportunity between providers from agencies around the region. In addition, it provides an open forum for on-going communication about gambling trends on local, state and national levels. Our group keeps members informed regarding legislative updates to ensure full understanding of both state and local gambling policies. Having both the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) as partners, has kept us engaged and current at the state level. The group is truly a resource network of its own, receiving updates on promising and best practice problem gambling prevention curriculum as they are developed and implemented. One of the biggest assets of the group has been the PGS media timeline. This has been developed and maintained to track all problem gambling prevention efforts and public awareness campaigns being implemented in Southwest Ohio, allowing providers to maximize allocations and ensure consistent problem gambling messaging. This presentation will also demonstrate how the prevention efforts of distinct counties were aligned with the award winning “Be the 95%” statewide responsible gambling campaign, while still maintaining their unique agency appeal.

Show details Hide details

Manualized CBT Group for Diverse Addictive Behaviors

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapeutic approach for gambling disorder. Dr. Liese, one of the nation’s leading CBT trainers, will present a highly interactive workshop presenting a manualized cognitive behavioral therapy for diverse addictive behaviors, including drug and alcohol misuse, gambling and shopping, binge eating and pathological Internet use.

Show details Hide details

Understanding Gambling - Games, Odds, Illusions

In an interactive lecture format, this presentation will discuss elements of the process of gambling that influence the manner of play and, for vulnerable individuals, may increase the risk of developing a problem related to gambling. There are a number of elements in commercial gambling that are designed to encourage and maintain play, increasing the possibility for a level of involvement that places vulnerable individuals at risk. These include, but are not limited to, the structure of games, the “illusion” of winning, “comps” and the physical structure of venues. Included in this presentation will be a discussion of the way odds are set for various games and wagering situations. Additionally, the odds of games, the manner in which odds are determined and the ways venues make a profit will be presented. Included in this will be a discussion of some of the ways vulnerable individuals may misinterpret the likelihood of winning. Attendees will become more conversant in discussing specifics of gambling, adding to their credibility and their ability to understand specific vulnerabilities of their clients and /or audiences.

Show details Hide details
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Lunch / Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline Presentation

NorthPointe Ballroom
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM EST

Using SPF as a Guide for Problem Gambling Prevention

This presentation will provide an overview of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and describe how it was utilized in Montgomery County, Ohio to guide gambling prevention efforts during all project phases - - from inception to project evaluation (and all stages in between). We first utilized the SPF to conduct several local phone surveys to help identify the problem gambling prevention needs of residents in Montgomery County. Survey results were used to identify three priority areas to address. These priority areas were then translated into detailed logic models to better define the prevention strategies to be utilized and list our expected outcomes. We then began to recruit relevant community partners and cultivate project buy-in. Our consultant, early project partners and initial research evidence suggested the development of a Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition to oversee and lead these prevention efforts. Once formed, coalition members helped to identify/develop problem gambling prevention strategies (direct, indirect, environmental) to address our priority areas. We also made use of the SPF’s recommendation to conduct on-going evaluation to determine the success of our prevention efforts. Examples of coalition prevention strategies and outcomes will be discussed. This presentation will also highlight how the county efforts were intertwined with the award winning “Be the 95%” statewide responsible gambling campaign.

Show details Hide details

Integrating Problem Gambling Services with AoD and Mental Health Programs

This workshop will discuss strategies on how to integrate gambling addiction education and intervention services into already existing AoD and mental health prevention and treatment programs. Participants will receive examples of interactive activities that can be used to discuss the impact that harmful gambling behaviors can have on addiction and mental health disorders.

Show details Hide details

Building Cultural Competence in Problem Gambling Services

Gambling issues are expressed differently in each culture. The breakout session will take a team approach in addressing the need to build alliances in different communities in order to gain a better understanding of each to serve them more effectively. We will examine the concept of Culture humility, building on existing programs, and avoiding cultural arrogance, and finally we will share the process and results from a joint effort between the Asian American Community Services (AACS) and Maryhaven's Gambling Intervention Program.

Show details Hide details

Problem Gambling, Co-Occurring Disorders, and the Addictive Brain

This session will examine the relationship between problem gambling and mental illness. Problem gambling, like chemical addictions, involves behaviors which become compulsive, out of control, and are continued despite the negative consequences. This presentation will examine the relationship that problem gambling has with areas of trauma, depression, and anxiety. Discussion will center on the CUBIS Model of Addiction and the relationship that problem gambling has with the addicted brain. Case studies will be presented, as well as a clinical template for treatment.

Show details Hide details

Building an Effective Problem Gambling Campaign: Statewide and Locally

As service providers, we are adamant about defeating problem gambling. How do we get community members to feel the same way? This session will look at how to effectively build awareness of problem gambling through traditional and social marketing strategies. Social marketing strategies focus on awareness building and strategic policy development. The session will explore ways to use existing data and build upon data to identify and reach your target populations. Identifiable behavioral targets and milestones will be discussed, along with state and local campaigns and resources in Ohio. Participants will receive a set of tools to develop a targeted gambling message in their areas.

Show details Hide details

The GA Experience

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men
and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from a gambling addiction. Most treatment providers have likely referred their clients to a Gamblers Anonymous group – but do you actually know how it works? This session will feature a live Open GA meeting, where you can come and observe a real meeting, with a chance to interact with participants and ask questions at the end of the session.

Show details Hide details
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Afternoon Break, Exhibitors and Networking

NorthPointe Prefunction
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Gaming Industry Partners - Our Role in Responsible Gaming in Ohio

NorthPointe Ballroom

This panel presentation will provide an overview of the work done within the industry to reduce potential harm to the players and patrons of Ohio’s casinos, racinos and lottery. Representatives from several of the gaming organizations will be on hand to describe their responsible gaming staff training protocols, practices to ensure patron safety, and to answer audience questions.

Show details Hide details
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Closing Remarks / CE Pickup

NorthPointe Ballroom
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Registration and Exhibitor Area Open

NorthPointe Prefunction
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM EST

Opening Remarks

NorthPointe Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM EST

Creating Comprehensive Problem Gambling Prevention through Courage and Community - Keynote Presentation

This presentation will discuss the current “state of prevention” from the point of view of the National Council on Problem Gambling, review models of successful public health prevention campaigns and offer examples of evidence-based prevention strategies which can be adopted by state and local organizations. Helping professionals participate in the continuum of care addressing all ages and stages of the lifespan, and it is helpful when our work is informed by traditional child caring wisdom and the science of positive youth development. As we work to integrate problem gambling within the world of “ATOD” and the greater culture as a whole, we seek to increase our own and others’ capacity for resilience, healthy living, and for being the best “informed consumers” possible.

Show details Hide details
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Identifying & Helping Gamblers in a Behavioral Health Agency

Building a gambling treatment program inside of a behavioral health organization presents challenges and opportunities for both clients and staff. Traditional behavioral health organizations may struggle identifying clients with gambling disorders within current client populations. This session explores the success and experience of Zepf Center in Toledo, Ohio. At Zepf Center, persons with a gambling disorder are not often identified during the initial comprehensive assessment for various reasons. Clients are introduced to the gambling program and screened 1 or 2 weeks after entering their SUD treatment programs and every 6 weeks thereafter. Continued use of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) is a key part of the gambling reassessment process. Often, as clients move through treatment programs they begin to gain insight into themselves and the true nature and depth of their problems. Clients meeting Gambling Disorder criteria (DSM5) can enter the gambling program anytime during their treatment process and frequently do, particularly if they notice themselves returning to old gambling thoughts and behaviors. Many gambling program clients come to view gambling treatment as vital to their recovery and relapse prevention plans. Zepf regularly identifies over 15% of their current client population who are exposed to this SOGS program as having a co-occurring gambling disorder. This method of gambling client identification has allowed Zepf Center to complete well over 400 SOGS in the last year, employ a full time gambling counselor, consistently treat 20 or more gambling clients per week and maintain 2 well attended gambling treatment groups per week.

Show details Hide details

Basics, Best Practices & Collaboration in Problem Gambling Services

It may seem like there is a divide between problem gambling prevention and treatment professionals because the terminology used, methods employed, and responsibilities of each are not well understood by the other. Through the use of the poster presentations, participants with be able to delve into information that is essential for new prevention and treatment professionals to know in order to bridge this gap. Participants can expect to learn common abbreviations, definitions, and terminology; the basics of the DSM-V including the problem gambling classification; analyze evidence-based prevention strategies; review techniques used in treatment; discuss SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Continuum of Care; and explore ways prevention and treatment professionals can collaborate to better serve individuals and communities.

Show details Hide details

Problem Gambling Prevention & Adaptation to Audiences

This engaging, discussion-based session will describe the Catalyst Bystander Program that was created and implemented by Recovery Resources and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to educate college and university students about Mental Health, Addiction and Sexual Violence. This program was further developed and adapted to meet the needs of other specific populations in the Cleveland area including the Asian population, the older adult population, and various faith-based communities. This session will describe the steps taken to generate buy-in around Problem Gambling, create partnerships, build cultural competency, and implement the program along with successes and challenges in adapting a problem gambling program to meet the needs and goals of diverse groups. Participants will then share current programming at their organizations/agencies and discuss how these programs could be adapted to meet the different needs of varying populations in their regions.

Show details Hide details

Money 101

Money is usually a major concern with gamblers and their families and is a constant source of family anger & turmoil. Most clinicians fear dealing with client money issues and avoid the discussion or quickly refer to outside sources. We have been trained to let money issues be handled by the professionals. For the most part that is true, but to reduce initial money pressures it is necessary to understand the basics of money management. Many communities do not have a GA pressure relief service.
This workshop outlines a step by step process that can relieve money stresses and prepare the client for further budgeting assistance. Initially we discuss money safety tools that can help a family stabilize financially and see hope from the financial quagmire.
Next there will be an in depth practice exercise looking at debt identification, spending patterns, monthly income, expenses, and restitution planning. Credit reports, bankruptcy, credit cards, payday loans, debt consolidation, and available financial planning and budgeting organizations will be discussed. All is designed to assist in creating a manageable financial plan. This working knowledge can help counselors feel more comfortable in discussing client money issues and give the family some initial hope for their financial future - an initial step in the process of change.

Show details Hide details

A Family Affair: Addressing Co-Dependency, Domestic Violence & Suicide

In this workshop we will explore the involvement of family members in treatment. We will look at the benefits and the disadvantages of involving the family. We will also discuss mental health issues, domestic violence and issues around suicide of family members of problem gamblers. We will review case studies that look at how family involvement can impact treatment services.

Show details Hide details
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM EST
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Optional Ethics Training (Additional Fee)

Lunch will be provided to those who participate in either ethics training from 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM.

Each ethics session will begin at 12:45 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

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Single Day Early Bird Registration - Thursday, March 2
$40
Sale Ends: Feb 18, 2017 12:00 AM EST
Register before February 4 to receive $10 off of your single day registration!
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Sale Ends: Feb 04, 2017 12:00 AM EST
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$50
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HOTEL INFORMATION

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center for attendees of the 2017 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference. Please be sure to make your reservation by February 8 to receive the discounted room rate of $125 per night.

Click here to go to the reservation website.
 

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Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035, United States
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