Monday, February 13, 2023 at 10:15 AM CST
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 2:30 PM CST

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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 

Illinois Problem Gambling Training 2 Day Webinar 

February 13th-14th, 2023      


Please join us for this informative 2-day online training event. Our engaging presenters will be covering a variety of topics related to problem gambling that you can read more about below.


February 13th:

10:15-11:15 AM (Presenter - Debra Haskins, PhD, LCPC, ACS, MAC, ICGC-II, CCGSO, BACC)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM (Presenter - Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, DFASAM)

1:00-2:30 PM (Presenter - David Hodgins, PhD)

February 14th:

10:15-11:15 AM (Presenter Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM (Presenter - Brianne Doura-Schawohl, BA)

1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Presenter - Stacy Charpentier, RCP, CPRS)

Presenters Bios and Session Objectives:

Dr. Deborah Haskins

Objectives of the Session:

  • Participants will be increase knowledge about prevalence of high-risk/disordered gambling in African-descent communities and low-treatment seeking.
  • Participants will learn about Afrocentric and liberation methods for consideration in disordered gambling treatment, gambling wellness, wellness, and prevention efforts.

Presenter Bio: 

Dr. Deborah Haskins is a retired Counselor Educator (25 years) and received her Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling (Loyola College, Maryland now Loyola University MD), a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and an Approved Supervisor (MD). Dr. Haskins is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor-II, Board Approved Clinical Consultant, International Clergy Lay Problem Gambling and Spiritual Outreach, and Master Addictions Counselor. She is President Emeritus (Dec, 2022) of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and is a recognized leader for over 20 years in disordered gambling. Dr. Haskins has trained mental health professionals in the U.S and abroad to understand disordered gambling and provide culturally relevant services. Her expertise and publications include gambling disorders, cultural competency, and social justice attuned mental health/wellness. She assists practitioners and faith and spiritual communities with incorporating “mental health delivery beyond traditional formats. “Her current efforts include equipping faith/spiritual communities to support disordered gambling and homicidal loss/trauma advocacy and trainings, teaching diversity in psychologyat Johns Hopkins University, working on a book project on culture and disordered gambling treatment,prevention, and community wellness, and “taking time to smell the flowers.”

Dr. Kirk Moberg

Objectives of the Session:

  • Participants will be able to list the six ASAM dimensions.
  • Participants will be able to describe the ASAM levels of care.
  • Participants will be able to use the criteria to aid in clinical decision making.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kirk Moberg is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine and has over 25 years of experience providing addiction treatment services. He hasserved as the medical director of three treatment centers in central Illinois: the New Choice Center forAddiction Recovery in Champaign, the Carle Addiction Recovery Center in Urbana, and the IllinoisInstitute for Addiction Recovery in Peoria.Dr. Moberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine—Addiction Medicine, and iscertified as a Medical Review Officer.

David Hodgins, PhD

Objectives of the Session:

  • Review the philosophy and principles of the motivational interviewing approach.
  • Learn basic motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Explore how motivational techniques can be used to help clients engage in the treatmentprocess (avoid dropout).

Presenter Bio:

David Hodgins, PhD, is a professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary. Dr. Hodgins is also a coordinator with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. His researchinterests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviors including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. Dr. Hodgins has published more than 200 peer review articles and chapters on these topics. He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials of both brief andmore traditional addiction treatment models. His self-directed treatment model for gambling problemsis recognized as an evidence-based treatment by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental HealthServices Administration. In 2010, he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the US National Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Hodgins teaches in the clinical psychology program and has an activecadre of talented graduate students. He maintains a private practice in Calgary in addition to providing consultation to a number of organizations internationally.

Jody Bechtold

Objectives of the Session:

  • Participants will be able to articulate the different generational characteristics and how they impact clinical services through the use of technology for gambling disorders.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways to incorporate technology in the treatment of problem gambling using apps and podcasts for problematic and disordered gambling recovery.
  • Participants will be able to discuss why online meetings for disordered gambling are gaining in popularity.

Presenter Bio:

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, IGDC, CGT is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively across the globe with individuals, organizations, and associations. She is the CEO of The Better Institute, a group practice located in Pittsburgh. She is the co-author of The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2021) and 2 chapters in the Social Work Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2022. She serves as the Vice President of the board for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Jody holdsa master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and hascertifications as a Board-Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC), Internationally Certified GamblingCounselor Level II (ICGC-II).

Brianne Doura-Schawohl

Objectives of the Session:

  • Participants will be able to describe the legislative and regulatory happenings around expanded gambling and problem gambling across the U.S.
  • Participants will be able to identify statutory and regulatory barriers and opportunities for PG services.
  • Participants will be able to understand what individuals need to be doing to create impactful and meaningful change to gambling policy through effective advocacy and lobbying.

Presenter Bio:

Brianne Doura-Schawohl is founder and CEO of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC, a boutique global government relations firm that specializes in problem and responsible gambling policy. She mostrecently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, aglobal harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC,Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Herexperience includes over a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

Doura-Schawohl’s practice spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stake holders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of achievements in State and United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.

Brianne was named one of the top 100 lobbyists in 2022 and 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics (NILE), was featured as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2022 by Global Gaming Business and is an honoree of the 2023 class of 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming. In 2019 she was appointed asa member of the Digital Gaming Advisory Group for the State of Hawaii and continues to serve on numerous coalitions.

Doura-Schawohl serves on the Board of Directors for Kindbridge Behavioral Health and serves as part ofthe leadership team of the NILE Next Gen Executives committee, a group committed to advancing educational & networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders within the govern mentrelations profession.

Michael Serrano

Objectives of the Session:

Re-defining "recovery" by many paths, supporting life in recovery and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Outlines various recovery support services available to those in recovery from gambling.

Presenter Bio:

Michael Serrano/Recovery Coach Professional Facilitator (RCPF), is a person in recovery. Michael worked as a Recovery Coach in the Emergency Department to help individuals help themselves. Bringing those lived experiences into the curriculum brings more truth that, “Transformed People Transform People”.