March 13th, Pre-Conference Agenda

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“Ethics and Boundaries in a World of Technology” – Jeanne Wagner, Director of Social Work Field Education Programs/Clinical Professor

Statement of Rationale: The management of ethics, boundaries, and confidentiality in a world of constantly emerging technology and social media is especially challenging for  human service professionals. This workshop will address the technology challenges encountered during the provision of human services. Strategies will be discussed utilizing current best practices from professional literature.

Objectives: Participants will gain an enhanced awareness of the complicated nature of technology and social media as it interfaces with the provision of services within human service organizations. Participants will learn techniques for ethical decision making in situations where technology or social media is utilized. This program is designed to be interactive as participants share challenging ethical issues encountered in their practice. Internet-based services including counseling, education, therapy groups and other social services utilizing technology will be addressed. The establishment of professional boundaries while using social media and providing services in a virtual world will be addressed. The content will also cover the concerns related to online investigation resources.

Learning Goals:

  •  Identify the range of ethical dilemmas and professional boundaries with the use of technology and social media
  • Become knowledgeable about best practice standards
  • Learn models for the ethical decision-making process
  • Increase awareness of the complicated nature of professional boundaries and ethics with the explosion of social media and technology
  • Identify new age risks including artificial intelligence that may affect professional liability
  • Identify what policies, procedures, and protocols are recommended to address these complicated technology issues in a variety of contexts


“How to Supervise Gambling Counselors for Improved Outcomes”

Jerry Bauerkemper, BS, CCGC,  Problem Gambling Services Consultant – Iowa Problem Gambling – Iowa Problem Gambling Services, Galveston Island, Tx

The goal of this seminar is to help those supervising gambling counselors to look for and supervise the counselor who has a gambling patient. This includes issues relevant to recovery and some that may lead to early discharge. This will include timelines for recovery including but not limited to the stages of change.  We will also cover several types of supervision and the purpose and goal of each type of supervision as it pertains to addiction and disordered gambling.


“Assessing Suicide Risk and Treating Depression for Compulsive Gamblers” – Michael Goldman Goldman, MA, LPC, CRADC, PCGC, CEAP, SAP

In this seminar, suicide and depression among compulsive gamblers will be explored. Suicide among this demographic is the highest of any other group. There will be a look at the risk and protective factors for suicide. There will be an overview of the prevalence rates and treatment strategies for people in this population.

The audience member will be able to:
1. Identify risk and protective factors of suicide for people with a Gambling Disorder (GD)
2. Summarize the statistics of suicide rates
3. Describe prevention and treatment strategies for dealing with high-risk clients.