Conference Agenda


Thursday March 8, 2018


7:45 – 8:45
Registration and Check In

8:45 – 9:00

Cathie Perrault, Executive Director, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA)
Don Feeney, President, NPGA

9:00 – 10:15
Keynote:  Implications of Emerging Forms of Gambling

Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
Don Feeney, President, NPGA

10:15 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:45
Problem Gambling and the Legal Profession

Michael Burke, Executive Director, Michigan Council on Problem Gambling
Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

11:45 – Noon

Noon – 1:00
Lunch Provided

1:00 – 2:15
Problem Gambling in the Lao Community: Implications for Culturally Based Services

Ken Winters, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota; Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Serena King, Ph.D., L.P., Associate Professor of Psychology, Hamline University
Helen Ghebre, Policy Specialist, MN Dept of Human Services Problem Gambling Program
Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director, Lao Assistance Center

2:15 – 2:30

2:30 – 3:45
Problem Gambling in the Military

Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

3:45 – 4:00

4:00 – 6:00
Special Session / Community Open House

For the first time, the Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling has invited the general public to join the conversation on problem gambling by attending an informal open house session. This open house is intended to provide a venue for people who might be interested in problem gambling but are unable to attend a full conference. Refreshments will be included and all conference attendees are invited to participate. Several recovering gamblers will share their inspirational stories and problem gambling professionals will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge.

See you tomorrow!


Friday March 9, 2018


8:00 – 8:30
Registration and Check In

8:30 – 10:00
Keynote:  Neurobiology of Addiction

Dr. Jon Grant, University of Chicago

10:00 -10:15

10:15 – 11:30
Treating Problem Gambling Fast with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Wade Lang, Trauma and Addictions Specialist, Wade Lang & Associates Interventions

11:30 – 12:30
Lunch and Presentation of Outstanding Service Award 2018

12:30 – 1:45
What About The Family

Sheryl Anderson, Program Director, Vanguard Problem Gambling Program
Isabelle Duguay, Counselor, Harmonique Living LLC

1:45 -2:00

2:30 – 3:15
Problem Gambling and Dual Addictions

John VonEschen, Counselor, Pathways Recovery Services Program Manager, NPGA

Closing Remarks


CEU certificates


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