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February - Looking to the Horizon webinar series
Feb 28, 2018 ¤ Anywhere, US
Never Enough

Description: 
Over 30 percent of the American Bar Association suffers from addiction or mental health issues. Michael Burke is a recovering alcoholic who traded his addiction to alcohol for a compulsive gambling addiction. Hear, in his own words, how compulsive gambling caused him to lose his license to practice law and find himself at the gates of Jackson Prison.  

Audience: Substance Abuse Providers and Social Workers.
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March - Looking to the Horizon webinar series
Mar 28, 2018 ¤ Anywhere, US
Bringing Video Games To The Casino: The Benefits, Challenges, and Impacts

Description: The casino industry must continue to appeal to new generations of customers to stay relevant and profitable in an age of technological innovation. Video games have become established as an engaging interest for gamers of all ages and the business has grown to more than $100BN per year. This has created the opportunity for bringing together these two activities and industries and is generating exciting new opportunities but also presents unique challenges and impacts. This panel will provide perspective on video game gambling and the future of casinos.

Audience:
Substance Abuse Providers and Social Workers.
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ITRA Annual Conference 2018
Apr 05, 2018 - Apr 06, 2018 ¤ Cedar Falls, IA

Whether you work at a recreation facility, long-term care facility, hospital, clinic, community agency or school, you'll:

  • Acquire current resources and techniques for therapeutic recreation professionals.
  • Share best practices and ideas with your colleagues.
  • Visit exhibits and attend sessions addressing current topics to enhance your practice.
  • Refresh, Renew and Refocus your practice.

Please join us on Thursday evening for an ITRA Social event at Zsavooz party room beginning at 6 PM. The address is: 206 Brandilynn Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.


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Ethics for Substance Abuse Counselors - Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse Pre-Conference 2018
Apr 17, 2018 ¤ Des Moines, IA
Description: New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age: This is an interactive Ethics presentation in which the audience will actively participate. The presentation will outline the presence of technology in our work. The audience will identify digital types and the type they personally fit. Participants will explore the use of technology and social media in their work. Ethical Codes and Social Media Guidelines by the various association will be explored. Social Media Policy issues will be discussed and well as evaluating the ethical nature of employer social media policies.

Who Should Attend:  Substance Abuse treatment & prevention counselors, social workers, health educators, problem gambling providers, tobacco prevention and control professionals, nurses in a public or clinical setting, administrators, public health workers, corrections and policy makers.
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Motivational Interviewing - Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse Pre-Conference 2018
Apr 17, 2018 ¤ Des Moines, IA
Description: The purpose of this training is to introduce the audience to the major tenets of Motivational Interviewing.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact throughout the training, explore this approach through practice using brief intervention strategies that have been found to be effective in enhancing motivation to change.

Audience: 
All persons who interact with others personally and professionally will find value in gaining MI skills and techniques; this approach enhances professional and personal relationships. 
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41st Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse 2018
Apr 18, 2018 - Apr 19, 2018 ¤ Des Moines, IA

Description: The Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse is a statewide forum focused on substance abuse and problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery. The goal of the conference is to establish a meaningful dialogue among prevention, treatment, research, recovery and policy making professionals. The conference provides information, resources and tools to facilitate strategic responses to the challenges in the field. This statewide forum is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, service providers, and stakeholders to advance the education of professionals working to help prevent and treatment for problems related to substance use and problem gambling.

Who should attend: The Conference is suitable for substance use disorder treatment counselors and problem gambling treatment counselors, prevention specialists, health educators, problem gambling providers, tobacco prevention and control professionals, nurses in a public or clinical setting, administrators, public health workers, civic leaders, corrections, lawyers and policy makers interested in substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, and problem gambling. Any individual interested in learning more about cannabis, methamphetamine, and opioids.


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41st Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse SPONSORS / EXHIBITORS
Apr 18, 2018 - Apr 19, 2018 ¤ Des Moines, IA

Exhibitors and Sponsors Registration for the 41st Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse, April 18-19, 2018.


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April - Looking to the Horizon webinar series
Apr 25, 2018 ¤ Anywhere, US
Prevention of Problem Gambling via a SPF Lens: Applying the SPF to Problem Gambling

Description: During this session, we will discuss how the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) can be applied in problem gambling prevention. We will discuss the common risk and protective factors between problem gambling and other problem behaviors, walk through the SPF steps as to their application with problem gambling, and discuss a few strategies that can be used with limited resources.

Audience:
Substance Abuse Providers and Social Workers.
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May - Looking to the Horizon webinar series
May 23, 2018 ¤ Anywhere, US
Harmonizing Massachusetts: How to Achieve Unified and Effective Responsible Gambling Programs

Description:  
In 2011, Massachusetts legalized casino gambling in a state already heavily engaged in lottery and track betting.  Since that time, public health professionals, gaming regulators, industry operators, community advocates and local academic institutions have worked strategically and collaboratively to build programs that make an impact.  This webinar will detail the work done across the Commonwealth to leverage local data into public health initiatives and responsible gambling tools.

Audience: Substance Abuse Providers and Social Workers.
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June - Looking to the Horizon webinar series
Jun 27, 2018 ¤ Anywhere, US
Link Between Opioid Use and Problem Gambling

Description: Clients in treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, particularly those in medication assisted treatment have been found to have extremely high rates of co-occurring gambling disorder.  This webinar will review the research on the co-occurrence of gambling disorder and opioid use disorder, focusing on both quantitative and qualitative research that has sought to understand this connection. Transcripts from clients in medication assisted treatment will be used to illustrate the role gambling plays in their lives and recoveries.  Strategies for screening and treating gambling issues among those in treatment for opioid use disorders will be discussed.

Audience:
Substance Abuse Providers and Social Workers.
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