OPEC Sessions of Specific Interest to Problem Gambling

The OPEC (Ohio Promoting Wellness & Recovery) Conference will be held June 27th-June 29th, 2016. The conference will offer sessions of specific interest to the field regarding Problem Gambling Prevention and building Community Readiness.

For additional information and To Register, visit: www.OPECConference.com.

Monday, June 27th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smart Choices: A Gambling Prevention Program for Elementary Schools

Tristan Hall & Krysta Bennett
By understanding the risks of gambling, the Smart Choices Program strives to avoid giving participating youth any message that “normalizes” gambling in today’s society. The program focuses on decision making, life skills, risk taking and refusal skills. Preventionists and teachers are encouraged! 6 CEUs

Tuesday, June 28th  10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fostering Community Engagement: Building a Problem Gambling Coalition   

Michael A. Buzzelli, Ashley Hartman, Colleen Fitzgibbons
In building a problem gambling coalition there will inevitably be bumps in the road. Creating interest in a professional/community body is difficult when the awareness of its topic is underwhelming at best. The session’s purpose is to discuss building blocks in creating a problem gambling coalition.  1.5 CEUs

Tuesday, June 28th  2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Introducing Risky Business, a Gambling Prevention Program for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

Dr. Josephine Wilson,  Judson Workman, Andrea Hoff  
Risky Business is a promising prevention program for youth most at-risk for problem gambling. Each of the six sessions lasts one hour, and topics include: decision making; violence prevention, gambling prevention, sexual risk prevention, and alcohol and drug prevention.  1.5 CEUs

Wednesday, June 29th  10:00 am – 11:30 am
Utilizing the Bystander Model for Problem Gambling Prevention

Colleen Fitzgibbons, Michael A. Buzzelli
Two Cleveland non-profits collaborated to create the Bystander Intervention Model, a successful, innovative training program that addresses three pertinent issues on college campus: substance abuse, mental health problems and sexual violence.  1.5 CEUs

Wednesday, June 29th  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Using the Tri-Ethnic Model of Community Readiness to Address Important Issues in Ohio’s Communities      

Dr. Matthew Courser, Mary Haines
This session will present the Tri-Ethnic Center’s Community Readiness Model (CRM) as a tool for Ohio’s communities to assess readiness to address important issues. Participants will gain an understanding of how the CRM can contribute to their efforts and resources for implementing it in their communities.  1.5 CEUs