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IPGAP: Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program

Upcoming Trainings
Indiana Fall Disordered Gambling Symposium: Focusing on the Family
The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling presents Indiana Fall Disordered Gambling Symposium: Focusing on the Family This training event is designed for those involved in disordered gambling treatment, prevention, or advocacy. Training topics include: • Tribal Gaming and Helping Problem Gamblers (Raquel Burton) • Gambling Recovery Family Perspective (Bob & Sherrie Haar) • Hope and Healing (Bea Aikens) • There is No Wrong Door (Bea Aikens) • Sports Gambling (TBA) • Disordered Gambling Treatment (Bruce Jones & Maria Garner)
CEU: 12

The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling presents

Indiana Fall Disordered Gambling Symposium

Focusing on the Family

This training event is designed for those involved in disordered gambling treatment, prevention, or advocacy.

Training topics include:

  • Tribal Gaming and Helping Problem Gamblers (Raquel Burton)
  • Gambling Recovery Family Perspective (Bob & Sherrie Haar)
  • Hope and Healing (Bea Aikens)
  • There is No Wrong Door (Bea Aikens)
  • Sports Gambling (TBA)
  • Disordered Gambling Treatment (Bruce Jones & Maria Garner)

Date & Schedule:

Wednesday, October 24th 

7:30-8:30                           Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00                         Raquel Burton

10:00-10:15                       Break

10:15-11:45                       Bob & Sherrie Haar

11:45-12:45                       Lunch (provided)

12:45-2:15                         Bea Aikens

2:15-2:30                           Break

2:30-4:00                           Bea Aikens

Thursday, October 25th 

7:30-8:30                            Registration and Breakfast

8:30-10:00                          Sports Gambling

10:00-10:15                        Break

10:15-11:45                        Sports Gambling

11:45-12:45                        Lunch (provided)

12:45-2:15                          Bruce Jones & Maria Garner

2:15-2:30                            Break

2:30-4:00                            Bruce Jones & Maria Garner

Cost: This training is absolutely free! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Please contact us regarding any food allergies. Coffee, tea, and water will be served throughout the training.

Register at:

Location:          Lawrenceburg Event Center

                          91 Walnut St, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025            


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Registration is FREE! Space is LIMITED!

Attendees will receive 12 CEUs approved by the National Council on Problem Gambling. These education hours will also count for Indiana Problem Gambling Counselor hours.


Bea Aikens is the Founder of Lanie’s Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to “humanizing and illuminating the disease of compulsive gambling.”  Named after Bea’s sister Lanie, who took her own life due to a gambling addiction in 2008, Bea’s work through Lanie’s Hope focuses extensively on the impact of gambling disorder on individuals, family, and the community. Certified as an IC & RC Peer Recovery and Support Specialist and an IGCCB Certified Clergy Gambling Spiritual Outreach Specialist, Bea is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for social change in problem gambling.

Sherrie and Bob Haar have been married for 35 years. Sherrie graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently a Public Health Nurse at the Toledo-Lucas County Health where she has served for 24 years.  Sherrie is active in her church and currently serves on the Board of Elders.  She has been a member of Gam-Anon since November 10. 1999, and she has been involved in Gamblers Anonymous Mini-Conference workshops - both planning and participating. Bob Haar is a 1975 graduate of the University of Toledo with double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and English Literature.  He is also a 1978 graduate of of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, receiving a Master of Arts in Religious Studies.  He has previously worked at First St. John Lutheran Church in Toledo for six years (2002-2008) as a pastoral assistant. His duties included preaching, visiting, teaching, leading, and facilitating many ministry programs.   At First St. John Lutheran Church, he also serves on the Board of Elders and is chairman of the Call Committee. Currently, he serves as the archivist/museum curator of Genacross Lutheran Services in Toledo, Ohio. Bob has traveled on his recovery journey since November 10, 1999.  He has been a member of Gamlers Anonymous for almost 19 years. Since that time, he has participated in over 40 Gamblers Anonymous Mini-Conferences, conducting various workshops on recovery issues, communications, and growing in spirituality.  He also recently completed training as as an authorized lay leader in counseling compulsive gamblers.

Bruce Jones is the Administrative Coordinator for Maryhaven’s One More Chance Gambling Intervention Program. Bruce is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Nationally-Certified Gambling Counselor Level II who has worked for Maryhaven since 2000. For the last nine years, Bruce has been working with individuals, family members, and communities as the Administrative Coordinator for the Gambling Intervention Program. He saw the need for gambling services in Central Ohio in 2009 and asked Maryhaven to apply for a private grant from the Columbus Foundation to target help to those struggling with gambling addiction. The state then supplied funding after his vision was verified with the amount of clients seeking services that first year.  Bruce also serves on the Treatment Committee for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, which is addressing changes to licensures and certifications to better help gamblers and their families. He is also a member of the Central Ohio Batterers Intervention Program Coalition.

Licensed Social Worker Maria Garner offers clients a wealth of experience in addiction treatment and suicide prevention. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Capital University and a master’s in social work from the Ohio State University.  She has an extensive background in mental health and addiction counseling, including serving as a lead clinical counselor overseeing crisis stabilization and emergency response. She understands well how to work with those at high risk of suicide, and she has led counseling sessions in groups and one-on-one, in residential and outpatient settings.  Maria relies particularly on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients overcome personal obstacles to improve self-esteem, rebuild relationships, and achieve meaningful change. She is currently pursuing her certifications in gambling addiction treatment, as a licensed individual social worker (LISW) and in licensed chemical dependency counseling. She is passionate about educating and nurturing the disordered gambler.

9 Paths to Recovery
Using the Enneagram in the Treatment of Gambling Disorders and other Addictions
CEU: 2

The enneagram is a map used to diagram 9 distinct ways life force energy illustrates patterns of thinking, feeling and reacting. The presenter has used this map while treating many persons impacted by gambling disorders and substance use addictions and has found its use very effective in assisting clients in recovery.

In this 2 hour workshop the presenter will provide a brief description of why the enneagram is a unique tool used in addictions and behavioral health treatment. The presenter will describe what the enneagram is, various ways to use the enneagram, provide a tour of the 9 character structures of the enneagram, describe why core motivation is an important factor in treatment and discuss the DSM correlates for each of the 9 types.

Learning objectives:

1. Each participant will be able to describe what the enneagram is.

2. Each participant will be able to discuss why core motivation is important when addressing a personality assessment.

3. Each participant will be able to describe various ways the enneagram can be used in gambling  and substance use addiction and behavioral health treatment.

4. Each participant will be able to discuss how certain underdeveloped types match various DSM correlates.

Renee Siegel has been counseling and coaching individuals and groups for over 35 years. She holds various licenses and certifications in behavioral and physical health modalities. She is passionate about educating individuals and groups on the use of the enneagram. “It’s been a game changer. The enneagram helps us to identify our patterns of thought, emotion and behavior so that we can make changes to improve our lives. It helps us get out of the box we have put ourselves in.”

Renee teaches and trains around the globe and practices in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Youth and Gambling
Online Training
CEU: 1

Course Direction

This course is a look into youth and the ways and statistics surrounding possible gambling related activities. It is designed for professionals and students in many fields, including gambling prevention, health care, mental health, justice/legal, education, substance abuse prevention, and public health. Objectives include:

  • Understand why youth get involved with gambling
  • Learn the age restrictions of gambling in Indiana
  • Learn about the types of gambling in which youth participate
  • Recognize any potential warning signs or symptoms
  • Identify what can be done to prevent youth gambling
Gambling and The Military
Online Training
CEU: 3
Problem Gambling: A Guide for Treatment Center Employees
Online Training (18 min)
CEU: none

This is a basic orientation to problem gambling for those working in the field of addictions treatment and prevention. This presentation will also provide useful information for those working in treatment centers but not directly with clients.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Definitions and Terms
  • History of legal gambling in Indiana
  • Treatment efforts in Indiana
  • How you can help
  • Resources available

There are no CEU's awarded for this fifteen minute presentation. This presentation does satisfy basic orientation to problem gambling requirements for certain organizations in Indiana.

What is Motivational Interviewing? An Introduction
Webinar (1 hr 9 min)
CEU: 1

Participants will learn the definition of Motivational Interviewing and potential uses within a variety of settings. This session is not intended to be used as a "training" but instead is to briefly describe larger concepts that can be further explored in a comprehensive training on motivational interviewing.

What is SBIRT?
Webinar (44 minutes)
CEU: 1

Participants will learn the definition of and rationale for using Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.

Gambling Addiction: A Family Affair
Online Training (1 hr 14 min)
CEU: 1

After participating in this recorded webinar, you should be able to:

                - Recognize the financial warning signs of gambling addiction
                - Explain the pros and cons of including family members in treatment
                - Identify the differences between low risk gambling and gambling addiction
                - Know when low risk gambling should be avoided among family members
                - Understand how to set up a spending plan
                - Keep the family on track with treatment and financial plans

Moving Toward Best Practices: Reviewing the Implications of the Latest Research and Innovative Programming
Online Training (1 hr 51 min)
CEU: 2

After participating in this recorded webinar, you should be able to: 

                - Understand why research is important for disordered gambling treatment
                - Explain the definition of gambling addiction according to the DSM V
                - Come up with strategies to improve the rate of problem gamblers seeking treatment
                - List similarities and differences between problem gambling and substance abuse disorders
                - Educate clients on the brain chemistry of someone with problem gambling disorder
                - Identify scenarios in which people relapse
                - Understand internet gambling

What is New in Working with Gamblers: From Prevention to Reducing Barriers
Online Training (1 hr 45 min)
CEU: 2

After participating in this recorded webinar, you should be able to:

                - Explain differences between pathological gambling (DSM-IV) and disordered gambling
                - Understand the criteria for diagnosing disordered gambling
                - Define specifiers in the DSM-V (episodic v. persistent gambling, early v. sustained remission)
                - Identify what criteria must be met for mild, moderate, and severe disordered gambling
                - Explain reasons for the new criteria in the DSM-V
                - Give examples of ways to reduce barriers for clients seeking treatment (recovery support
                - Discuss the benefits of distance therapy

Role of Cognitive Distortion in Compulsive Gambling: It's all about fantasy
Online Training (1 hr 41 min)
CEU: 2

After participating in this recorded webinar, you should be able to:

                - Understand why fanciful thinking can be problematic for problem gamblers
                - Identify the types of cognitive distortions
                - Give examples of the different types of cognitive distortions
                - Discuss how cognitive distortions can lead to relapse
                - Define “gambler’s fallacy”
                - Use the thought process wheel with clients to curb unwanted actions

Gambling 101
Online Training (23 minutes)
CEU: 1

This is an introductory overview of problem gambling. This presentation will provide a basic overview of gaming addiction, including types and levels of gambling problems. You will learn about the warning signs of problem gambling and causes of relapse.

- Provide an overview of gambling addiction
-Identify types/levels of gambling problems
-Describe warning signs, relapse causes, conditions and signs
-To give you hope that there is help if you need help.

Gambling in Indiana: The Basics of Legal Gambling
Online Training (25 minutes)
CEU: 1

This training providers an overview of the legal types of gambling in Indiana and the basics on how the games are played. This training is designed to give those working in the field basic knowledge on the types of gambling being played by clients.

Learning Objectives:
After this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the history of Indiana casinos, race tracks, and lottery
-Explain the basic rules of each game
- Define at least five terms associated with the different forms of legal gambling

If I can't balance my checkbook, how can I help you balance yours?
Jerry Bauerkemper BS, CCGC
Online Training (2 Hr 20 Min)
CEU: 3

Participants will develop an understanding of the role of money vs. action in problem gamblers, the importance of finances in the diagnostic criteria for problem gambling and creating budgets for gamblers. This session features extensive experiential exercises to raise the comfort level of clinicians when dealing with client's financial issues.

Spirituality and Addictions Treatment
Rev. Janet Jacobs, Director of Gambling Recovery Ministries
Online Training (45 minutes)
CEU: 1

Research has indicated that among individual protective factors is religiosity, or the participation in religious activities and the personal attitudes a person may have toward religious or spiritual practices. Thus utilizing one’s spirituality to cope with life issues appears to correlate with experiencing benefits to their health and well-being. As a source of comfort and relief from stress, spirituality - regardless of religious (or non-religious) affiliation - serves as an integral part of many recovery-from-addiction types of programs. Expanding the concept of spirituality to include personal values clarification, choices and responsibilities, treatment programs can open discussion on a variety of topics, such as individual belief systems, virtues, prayer, meditation, surrendering one’s personal will to a higher power (as the person understands this term), forgiveness, and discerning one’s purpose in life.

Learning Objectives:
- To gain knowledge about the role of spirituality in the life of a recovering person and how it can positively impact his/her life
- To define and be able to identify various spiritual coping modes and to understand how each may affect the recovery process.
- To become familiar with the 12 Steps Program, in general, and to recognize the issues an individual in recovery may face with regard to spiritual surrender (Steps 2 and 3), as well as, to understand how spiritual surrender serves as an integral step within the process of recovery

Women and Problem Gambling
Rev. Janet Jacobs, Director of Gambling Recovery Ministries
Online Training (26 minutes)
CEU: 1

There is much in today’s society for women to experience the recognized risk factors that may contribute to problem gambling development. One of the fastest, growing forms of addiction in the U.S. is compulsive gambling in women over the age of 50. This session provides both a broad view of women and problem gambling, as well as, several specific looks at individual stories of recovery, and methods to help recovering women gamblers. The goal of this presentation is to both broaden the understanding of the disorder of compulsive gambling and to be able to communicate more effectively with women who are affected, directly or indirectly by problem gambling.

Learning Objectives:
- To identify the common - and several uncommon - characteristics of female gamblers
- To understand more clearly gender-specific issues associated with female escape gamblers, such as experiences of abuse, care-giving demands, and emotional issues with regard to autonomy and rebellion
- To gain knowledge of treatment approaches as well as Twelve Step Programs, with specific attention to female gamblers

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