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Day One - Wed., June 21, 2017
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Kansa A & B

Registration Table Open
Location: Elevator Foyer

8 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Location: Kansa A & B

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 1 - 90 min.

Conference Welcome/Committee Introductions

Keynote Address: Dr. Fran Harding, SAMHSA

Frances M. Harding serves as Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
(CSAP), and is recognized as one of the nation's leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug policy. Director Harding serves as the lead for SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, which creates environments where youth, adults, families, communities, and systems are motivated and empowered to manage their overall emotional, behavioral, and physical health.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break
Location: Kansa A & B

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Session 2 - 60 min.

Stacked Deck: Lessons Learned from Implementing an Evidence-Based Problem Gambling Prevention Program
Matt McCreary, LCPC, CEAP, ICCGC, CADC, PCGC
Did you know that there is only one problem gambling specific prevention program on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices? With more than 50 schools and over 4,000 students having participated in Hazelden's Stacked Deck Program, BDA Morneau Shepell has designed this workshop to share lessons learned and key insights from 4 years of preventing problem gambling in North Carolina high schools, middle schools and community organizations.

Objective: Understanding the Stacked Deck curriculum; developing a project management plan for an EPB gambling prevention program; and lessons learned from six years of prevention programming.


Daily Fantasy Sports: A Prevalence Survey with College Age Students
Jeremy Eberle, LIMHP, CDGC, PLADC
A substantial number of college students engage in fantasy sports and a smaller but still significant percentage of college students engage in daily fantasy sports. This population may show a greater risk for problem gambling. This research project will help assess the percentage of those engaging in daily fantasy sports and the extent of a self-reported gambling problem by asking questions from the DSM 5 symptom list for Disordered Gambling (312.31)


Objective: Inform participants about the prevalence of DFS among college age students in a campus setting; inform about the percentage of college students engaged in gambling; and identify the percent of students playing DFS and fantasy sports.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Problem Gambling Funding and Politics
Bob Kerksieck, LMSW, IAADC
The session will cover the unique issues and hurdles involved in lobbying for continuing and for increased funding for Problem Gambling Prevention & Treatment. This will include discussion regarding: Who can and can't lobby in states based on state law. Developing a lobbying message to get the best results. Advantages and disadvantages problem gambling has in lobbying compared to substance abuse. Which groups have to avoid lobbying to avoid conflict of interests. Four of our five member states have NCPG Affiliates/State Citizen's Councils and Iowa does not. How to make the best use of your affiliate, and how Iowa can learn from other affiliates to develop their own. Tips on developing a broad Affiliate membership to get the best impact in lobbying and educating your governor and legislators. In tight budget times, discussion of tips to avoid budget cuts and budget raiding by other state entities.

Objective: Identifying who can and cannot lobby; how to avoid conflicts of interest; identifying strengths within states that can be used to maximize the positive impact of lobbying; and working from strengths to avoid budget cuts and budget raiding by state entities.


Substance Abuse Trends in Human Trafficking
France Waldren, LMSW, LAC, KCGC-I
This presentation will define human trafficking as the exploitation and commodification of people for labor and sexual purposes that occur both domestically and internationally. Worldwide research estimates will provide numbers and profits made through the exploitation of the vulnerable population. There will be education regarding the factors that perpetuate human trafficking. The Wichita Children's Home recognizes how the state of Kansas has been identified as an intersection for the corruption of this vulnerable population. The role of substance abuse support will be defined and data will be provided regarding numbers receiving services and trends of use. The next part of the presentation will be an interactive activity to educate the participants regarding this vulnerable population. The activity will provide insight into how these victims feel after the trauma of human trafficking and sometimes forced substance use. The closing of this presentation will cover specific services that the Wichita Children's Home provides in the Secure Staffing Unit. This closing will include how our outreach and engagement is a collaborative effort with staff from other programs to provide assessment, clinical services, advocacy, and placement into a grant provided peer mentor program and referral to existing program services.

Objective: Define human trafficking both domestically and internationally; worldwide research estimates will provide numbers and profits made through the exploitation of the vulnerable population; education regarding the factors that perpetuate human trafficking; the role of substance abuse; interactive activity to educate the participants regarding this vulnerable population; and specific services provided in this program.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch
Location: Shawnee A & B

12:45 – 1 p.m.

Networking Break
Location: Kansa A & B

1 – 2 p.m.
Session 3 - 60 min.
Keynote Address: Best Practices in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder
Dr. Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC

Objective: Differentiating the impact of utilizing evidence-based therapies versus developing evidence-based therapists; understanding the need to combine clinical and research evidence in developing best practices; and identifying best practices for the treatment of gambling disorder.
2 – 2:15 p.m. Networking Break
Location: Kansa A & B
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Session 4 - 90 min.
Debting, Spending and Money Behavior as a Predictive and Protective in Problem Gambling Treatment
Debra Neal, LCPC, BACC, NCPG-II
Advancing strategies for managing cravings and increasing periods between gambling episodes by reducing money access are foremost in helping PG's seeking help, hope, and recovery. The PG treatment professionals' biggest curiosity and challenge are two fold—Navigating beyond the PG's reluctance to take best practice steps for restricting money access and facilitating acquiescent change in debting and spending behavior. This workshop advances the case for expanding protocols for money containment strategies by redefining perceptions of debting, spending, and money by using literature studies on non-GA based twelve steps programs, theories on change perception, and proven principles of DA and UA.

Objective: Understanding spending, debting and money behavior as a risk and protective factor; learning literature supported ways of understanding; supporting positive shifts in problem gambling perception about money, spending and debting; and increasing knowledge about practical and sound resources for helping clients with harm reduction or abstinence goals.A


Integrating Problem Gambling into Behavioral Health Prevention: The Kansas Prevention Collaborative
Juan Baez, Problem Gambling Specialist, Kansas
Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC) highlights the creation and development of the new Kansas infrastructure for behavioral health promotion and prevention. The expert panel will present the early work of this exciting new partnership with an emphasis on integration of assessment, research, and strategic planning to support communities and Problem Gambling Task Forces across Kansas. Presenters will also focus on the efforts and guidance of Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services supported by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and prevention efforts of the network of community coalitions and task forces. The KPC aims to guide community groups of diverse stakeholders to increase awareness of the risk and protective factors shared by problem gambling, substance abuse, behavioral health, and suicide. Prevention of behavioral health problems and contributing factors (such as multiple substance abuse, depression, early initiation of alcohol use, illicit drug use, etc.) can reduce or prevent problem gambling among people of all ages. Participants will discuss factors contributing to problem gambling, substance abuse, and suicide and will learn about benefits of supporting of community coalitions and task forces through integrated, comprehensive efforts that are sustainable and culturally competent.

Objective: Describe the role of the KPC as a new statewide approach to behavioral health integration; learn effective strategic planning models, sciences and approaches to the prevention of substance abuse, problem gambling and other behavioral health problems; discuss the potential benefits and opportunities of using integrated approaches to the prevention of problem gambling, substance abuse and suicide.


Problem Gambling Counseling Certification
Dr. Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC
This workshop will review the scope of certifications offered for gambling counselors. New certifications for counselors working primarily in substance use disorder or mental health settings and for clergy and lay ministers will be described. Core competencies for counselors will be reviewed along with process for certification. Issues of gambling specific supervision and case consultation will be discussed. Certification examination process and scope will be reviewed.

Objective: Understanding the types and scope of available problem gambling certifications; identifying core competencies required for problem gambling counselor certification; and identifying topic areas covered by problem gambling counselor examination.


Coping with a Loved One's Addictive Disorder: The Role of Intimate Partner Violence
Megan Petra, PhD, MSW
Addictive disorders can have serious consequences for family members, including distress, physical and/or mental health problems, financial trouble, chaos, and risk for relationship dissolution. They are also at elevated risk for related problems such as family violence. The Stress-Strain-Coping-Support (SSCS) Model (Orford et al., 2005) describes the task of coping with a loved one's addictive disorder: the addiction is a stressor on the family member, who consequently experiences strain. Through use of certain coping strategies and receipt of social support, however, family members may be able to lessen the strain. Yet the task of dealing with the addiction may be complicated by intimate partner violence (IPV). This presentation will describe a study of spouses/partners of people with alcohol, drug, or gambling problems. Use of coping strategies was common, though they did not lessen strain. Conversely, receipt of certain types of social support did appear to lessen strain. The function of social support was complicated by the presence of IPV: while physical violence added to the burden of addiction, it did not change the function of social support or coping strategies. On the other hand, participants who experienced high coercive control were unable to benefit from receipt of social support. The presentation will discuss implications of these results for social service professionals working with family members of people with addictive disorders.

Objective: The effects of addictive disorders on family members; how family members may use coping strategies and social supports to mitigate the effects of the addictive disorder using the Stress, Strain, Coping, Support Model; and different types of intimate partner violence and how each functions to complicate the task of dealing with a loved one's addictive disorder.
3:45 – 4 p.m. Networking Break
Location: Kansa A & B (food and beverage)
4 – 5 p.m.
Session 5 - 60 min.
Keynote Address: When Life Hurts: Creating Safe Space for LGBT Clients
Marsha Partington, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor
Objective: Examine internalized biases and prejudices, the appropriate use of pronouns and gain an understanding of evolving language around the LGBTQ population; the importance of respecting and accepting clients wherever they identify on the gender binary; learning strategies for providing trauma informed care.
Evening Meetings AA, GA and NA Meetings (list available at the registration table)
Location Elevator Foyer
*2017 Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse event speakers and schedule are subject to change

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