Friday, March 15th Agenda

If you have registered on Wednesday or Thursday, you are registered for the entire conference.

  • Rose Blozinski, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling


Rules of Engagement: Engaging Military and Veteran Clients Into Your Clinical Practice -Heather Chapman

As the local experts in gambling care, providers with gambling treatment expertise are an essential resource for veteran and military-affiliated clients. For counselors, understanding military culture increases treatment efficacy, better meeting the needs of this population. Further, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to decrease barriers for care, ultimately improving outcomes.

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of these cultural competencies, ways to connect with VA facilities, and ultimately improving treatment engagement and outcomes for our veteran and military affiliated clients.


  1. Participants will learn the impact of military experience on the service member’s physical and mental health.
  2. Participants will learn at least 3 elements of military culture, impacting counseling relationships.
  3. Participants will learn ways to connect with VA facilities, aiming to create a system of care for veteran and military-affiliated clients.

Complimentary Break

  • “Reducing Expenses for Addiction Clients. Some Budgeting Tips for Those in Recovery” – Jerry Bauerkemper 
  • “Adolescent Gambling: Screening and Brief Intervention” – Scott Caldwell
  • “The Link Between Problem Gambling and Trauma: Clinical Implications”- Heather Chapman

Complimentary Break

  • Saul Malek – More information coming soon
  • “The Power of EMDR in Problem Gambling Treatment” – Doug LaBelle
  • “Money, That’s What I (Don’t) Want to Talk About” – Andrew Schreier

Complimentary Lunch

The 10 Smartest Things Counselors and Programs Can Do to Promote Recovery” – Mark Sanders, CSW, CADC

In this presentation you will learn 10 smart things you can do to help facilitate lasting recovery, including; incorporating science; treating trauma; moving beyond “talk therapy”; learning from history; treating co-occurring conditions; utilizing a public health approach; learning from the best programs; tailoring treatment to meet the needs of a diversity of clients; applying lessons from cancer treatment applied to process and substance use disorders treatment.

Objectives: by the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Articulate the 10 smartest things counselors and programs can do to promote recovery.
  • Leave with tools which will help you improve outcomes for clients with process addictions, substance use disorders and mental illness.
  • Incorporate science, research and history into programming.
  • Utilize a public health approach to treatment.
  • Tailor treatment to meet the needs of clients served.
  • incorporate lessons learned from the best programs into your program.

Complimentary Break

  • “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”  – Michael Goldman
  • (Friday Only) “Effective Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment” – Mark Sanders
  • “The Hidden Addiction, What That Really Means to Families” –

    Gayle Bigsby & Pat Jirovetz