Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance avails a wealth of information to healthcare and addiction professionals with an interest in gambling treatment.
We offer ongoing training and education opportunities as well as the annual Minnesota Problem Gambling Conference, which features opportunities for professional development and the chance to learn about the latest topics in problem gambling.
Education and Training
Professionals interested in our offerings include:
- Current gambling treatment providers who are working to advance their clinical skills or improve their practice, or who may be working toward some level of certification. NPGA workshops and webinars provide insights into advanced clinical techniques for the treatment of problem gambling.
- Addiction treatment professionals who want to learn more about problem gambling given its frequent occurrence as a co-existing disorder among their alcohol and drug patients. These counselors may also be interested in learning more about gambling counseling so they can help their clients, and simply need a place to start their gambling education.
- General health care and social service professionals who wish to better understand the signs of gambling addiction. One of the challenges in the gambling treatment field is identifying those with gambling problems. General health care professionals and social service professionals are in a position to help identify those at risk.
A considerable amount of research on problem gambling is conducted at request of the NPGA. We’re a storehouse of gambling research information and provide links to new studies, articles and publications as we become aware of them.
Many Faces, Many Solutions Conference Photos
Brenda Deleeuw from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth talks with Ollie Stocker from Fairview and Trevor Urman from DHS.
Michael Burke, a lawyer who struggled with gambling and alcohol addiction, details his struggle and triumph.
Sunny Chanthanouvong, executive director of the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, details the Lao community’s gambling experience.
Keith Whyte, Executive Director of thecNational Council on Problem Gambling, discusses gambling behavior in the military.
Jon Grant, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, discussed what happens to the brain during a presentation on the neurobiology of addiction.
Kirsten M. provided an account of her personal experience as an accelerated resolution therapy patient of Wade Lang’s.
Isabelle Duguay (left) and Sheryl Anderson discuss ways that family members can cope with a loved one’s gambling disorder.
John VonEschen, Northstar program manager, added a musical twist to his presentation on problem gambling and dual addictions.
The team of Lao study leaders meets prior to the presentation on problem gambling in the Lao community.
The Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling took place at the Earle Brown Heritage Center on March 8-9.
Recovery from gambling addiction is possible.
When I was asked to share my story, I didn’t hesitate. I think it’s so important for people to see that everyday, regular people can have a gambling addiction. And by telling my story I hope I can help others and reduce the shame of compulsive gambling.
Looking back on it, I guess it’s not surprising that I developed a gambling problem. I had a risk-taking personality and was exposed to various forms of gambling as early as age 9. Read more . . .