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12th Annual Gambling Symposium

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Start Date Thursday, March 05, 2020
Event Times
7:15am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 4:30pm Training
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave, Novi 48374
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Registration is Available Onsite!

Symposium Schedule At-A-Glance
7:15am     Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am     Welcome & Keynote: A Path to Recovery: Finding Purpose and Fulfillment After Gambling - Spencer Christian, PCC-S, PHD, Clinical Director, Minority Behavioral Health Group
9:30am     My Story - Steven Hollier
9:50am     Morning Break
10:00am   1. Gambling Disorder Prevention Project in the Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) Region - Kelly Kondrat, Independent Consultant, KWB Strategies - Kori White-Bissot, Independent Consultant, KWB Strategies
               2. Blurred Lines: The Convergence of Gaming and Gambling - Justin Rolin, CADC, BSW, Prevention Specialist, Gambling Disorder Services, Southwestern Michigan Behavioral Health
11:30am   Lunch
12:15pm   Exhibits & Networking
12:25pm   3. 
               4. Gambling Disorder and Comorbidity - Lori Mello, MA, LPC, MPA, Program Manager, Health Management Systems of America - Mike Mooney, MA, LLP, CAADC, CCS, NCGC II, CCJP, CEO, Choices Counseling Center - Steven Holier, BSHS, HMSA Help-line Counselor - Tiffany Martin, Gamblers Anonymous - Mariam Ismail, M.S., CPS Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC)
1:50pm    Afternoon Break
2:00pm    5. Insider’s View of Gambling Anonymous: Open Meeting - Gamblers Anonymous and GAM-ANON Members
              6. Multiple Pathways to Recovery - Gwendolyn Bammel, LMSW, Clinical Supervisor, Ascension Eastwood Recovery
3:30pm    Closing Plenary: Stacked Deck: A Program to Prevent Problem Gambling - Ashley Trantham, Senior Manager, Morneau Shepell
4:30pm    Adjournment   


$35 per person

Fee includes training material, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Who Should Attend
CEOs, COOs, CFOs, medical directors, clinical directors, case workers, supports coordinators, and other practitioners at all levels of practice (beginning, intermediate and/or advanced).
Opening Keynoter:
Spencer Christian, who may be most prominently remembered as co-anchor for Good Morning America, began his career in 1971. He has been a news reporter, sportscaster, talk show host and author. His assignments and travels have taken him to five continents, all 50 states and has allowed him to interview six presidents, and the most prominent figures in sports, world affairs, and the arts. Spencer has also won his 30- year battle against Gambling Disorder. He uses his experiences to increase awareness and minimize the stigma associated with Gambling Disorder.
Workshop #1:
Kelly Kondrat is an independent consultant for KWB Strategies and holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central Michigan University. Kelly is a result driven consultant and editor for various coalition strategic plans, needs assessments and evaluations. She is a dedicated educator experienced in creating and fostering learning environments where students increase their confidence and expand their knowledge base.
Kori White-Bissot is an independent consultant for KWB Strategies and holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. As a consultant, she supports organizations and coalitions in better achieving their mission. Kori’s experience includes developing strategic plans serving as an evaluator for community coalitions efforts and directing prevention efforts to ensure a comprehensive system of services in collaboration with substance abuse treatment, prevention, and other community agencies.
Workshop #2
Justin Rolin is the Gambling Disorder Prevention Specialist (GDPS) for Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health. Justin is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). He has a Bachelor of Social Work from Spring Arbor University, where he is currently completing his Master of Social Work. As the first GDPS in his region, Justin is responsible for coordinating with local coalitions/task forces to raise community awareness about problem gambling, expanding capacity of regional services to treat Gambling Disorder, and creating sustainable prevention efforts. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Workshop #3
Ashley Trantham is the Responsible Gambling Account Executive for Morneau Shepell. She holds her Master of Science degree in Organizational Communication from North Carolina State University; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Sweet Briar College. She has managed a statewide problem gambling prevention program for several years in the state of North Carolina and has trained hundreds of educations and counselors on the Stacked Deck Evidence-based problem gambling prevention curriculum.
Workshop #4
Lori Mello is the Program Manager for the Michigan Problem Gambling Help-line/Treatment Services Program. She has a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master’s in Public Administration from Oakland University and a Bachelor of Social Work from San Diego State University. Lori also teaches human services, psychology, sociology and Public Administration courses at the university level.
Mike Mooney is a panel provider for the Michigan problem gambling treatment program and is the CEO of Choices Counseling Center. Mike’s recovery from Substance and Gambling Use Disorders has resulted in his personal and professional passion to provide outpatient Gambling Disorder treatment services to the criminal/offender population.
Steven Hollier is a help-line counselor for the Michigan Problem Gambling Help-line and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Steven uses his 11 years of recovery from gambling to help others overcome this challenging addiction.
Tiffany Martin was the “My Story” presenter during the 11th annual Gambling Disorder symposium. She is a loving mother and wife who accredits her five-year recovery from gambling to Gamblers Anonymous. She has established, and facilitates, the only weekly Gamblers Anonymous meeting available in Belleville MI; which she believes continues to make a difference in her life and the lives of others.
Mariam Ismail is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) by MCBAP; and serves as the Substance Abuse & Gambling Prevention Program Manager at LAHC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of MI, a Master of Science in Health Service Administration from Central MI and has taken doctoral level classes in leadership and healthcare organization. Her bilingual and culturally sensitive approach makes her a trusted professional in the community she serves.
Workshop #6
Gwendolyn Bammel is a Licensed Master Social Worker and the Clinical Supervisor of Ascension Eastwood Recovery in Southfield, MI. As a person in long-term recovery, she has dedicated her career to helping others find their path to wholeness. Over the past 20 years, Gwendolyn has worked in varying levels of care including Residential, Outpatient (OP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP).
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy: If you do not cancel and do not attend, you are still responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions are permitted at any time. Cancellations must be received in writing to at least 10 business days prior to the conference for a full refund less a $15 administrative fee. If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given.
Cancellation and Substitution Process: Simply sign into your account, click "View My Registrations," click the event and click, "Edit" for a substitution, or "Cancel Order" and follow the prompts
Weather Policy
Trainings will take place as scheduled and we will not be able to refund training fees. In the event of severe weather, please check the website for scheduling delays and event updates.
Grant Funding/Sponsors
This event is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Administration, and facilitated by The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan.

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