10th Annual MN Conference on Problem Gambling Recap

Problem Gambling: A Changing Landscape
Sept. 19-20, 2013
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
The theme of the 2013 conference was Problem Gambling: A Changing Landscape. The conference included a look back at gambling and public attitudes over the last 2,000 years as well as a look forward at what issues and concerns online gambling may bring in the years to come. Presentations from various speakers may be found here.

View a picture gallery of the event.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Gambling Addiction Alone and as a Co-existing Disorder. This was a training session for professionals desiring more knowledge about gambling addiction and how to recognize the disorder within an alcohol and drug population or therapy client.

In Their Own Words. Several recovering problem gamblers shared their personal stories with a group in a modified open GA meeting.

A Cultural History of Gambling. Don Feeney, director of research and planning at the Minnesota Lottery, provided a broad overview of the cultural influences on public attitudes toward gambling through a review of more than 2,000 years of art, music, literature and film.

Friday, Sept. 20

Future Gambling: The Implications of Technology and Online Gambling. Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, examined the ways in which technology will impact gambling with an eye toward online gambling likely to become legal in more states.

The DSM Now: What Changes Does it Bring to Problem Gambling? Randy Stinchfield, Ph.D. and clinical psychologist, took a close look at the implications of changes in the DSM classification for pathological gambling.

Assessing Suicide Risk and Treating Depression for Compulsive Gamblers. Michael Goldman, MA, LPC, PCGC and employee assistance counselor for Cook County (Illinois), examined the risk factors for suicide in compulsive gamblers.

2013 Outstanding Service Award. Sandi Brustuen, who has been an integral part of the field of problem gambling since the late 1980s, was honored as a respected pioneer in both Minnesota and nationally.

Evaluation: How Do We Know If We Are Making Progress? Laura Schauben, MA, and Kristin Dillon, Ph.D. provided an overview of evaluation practices and resources for those evaluating prevention, early intervention and treatment activities.

Film and Discussion: Paulina. Participants viewed a riveting film on gambling and problem gambling in a Cambodian community and discussed the content and its implications.

Gambling and the Millennial Generation. Don Feeney, director of research and planning at the Minnesota Lottery, examined how the attitudes and experience of those born between 1982 and 2000 affect their gambling behavior and receptivity to gambling messages.