Gambling Disorder & Addiction Conference
Treatment – Prevention – Education
March 21 & 22, 2018

About the Conference:
Sandia Resort & Casino in partnership with the National Center for Responsible Gaming is pleased to invite you to this free conference on Gambling Disorder & Addiction: Treatment, Prevention, and Education.

Sandia Resort & Casino is New Mexico’s leading property addressing Responsible Gaming and providing the best educational opportunities for local professionals and the general public.

Conference is free, however registration is required. Limited space is available, please register below to reserve your seat.

This conference will take place at Sandia Resort & Casino, Convention Room A. If you have any questions, please contact Sandia Resort & Casino’s Responsible Gaming Coordinator: Rosa Juarez at (505) 798-7415.

Registration is now Closed


Day 1: March 21, 2018

9am – 9:15am 
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15am – 10:15am
Session I: What Policymakers Need to know about Gambling Disorder
Christine Reilly

10:30am – noon Session II: Stigma and Motivators for Seeking Treatment
David Hodgins

1pm – 2:30pm
Session III: Motivational Interviewing and Gambling Part 1
David Hodgins

2:45pm – 3:45pm Session IV: Motivational Interviewing and Gambling Part 2
David Hodgins

Day 2: March 22, 2018

9am – 9:15am 
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15am – 10:45am
Session I: How to work with clients who don’t want to quit gambling.
Janine Robinson

11:00am – noon 
Session II: Wellbriety
Carlos Rivera

1pm – 2pm
Session III: Is Responsible Gaming Really a Thing?
Janine Robinson

2:15pm – 3:45pm
Session IV: Gambling among the Military and Veterans
Rani Hoff


Continuing Education Approval:

Attendees will receive up to 10 Continuing Education Hours.

  • The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • The National Association of Social Workers – NM Chapter (NASW-NM)

Sandia Casino Supports Responsible Gaming

At Sandia Resort & Casino we want all of our customers to enjoy casino gaming as a planned and budgeted entertainment option. We recognize though, that a small percentage of people may have problems gambling responsibly. Sandia Resort & Casino cares about its customers, and is committed to helping those in need of compulsive gambling treatment; Our Responsible Gaming Program helps.

Responsible Gaming refers to practices designed to prevent and reduce potential harms associated with gambling, and more specifically compulsive gambling.

  • Gambling should not interfere with your everyday life
  • Keeping your gambling under control by setting a dollar limit and time limit
  • Become educated on the warning signs and ask for help, if you feel you need it

Compulsive Gambling is defined as a continuous or periodic loss of control over gambling. Problem Gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts or damages your life.

Warning Signs:

  • Preoccupied with gambling – planning next venture
  • Increased Tolerance – the need to gamble with increased amounts
  • Lying – Lies to family members or others to conceal the extent of his/her gambling
  • Bailout – relies on others to provide money due to losing own money on some form of gambling
  • Loss of control – unable to stop gambling

You may have a gambling problem if you:

  • Feel the need to be secretive about your gambling. You might gamble in secret or lie about how much you gamble, feeling others won’t understand.
  • Have trouble controlling your gambling. Once you start gambling, can you walk away? Or are you compelled to gamble until you’ve spent your last dollar, upping your bets in a bid to win lost money back?
  • Gamble even when you don’t have the money. A red flag is when you are getting more and more desperate to recoup your losses. You may gamble until you’ve spent your last dollar, and then move on to money you don’t have.


Treatment for problem gambling

The biggest step in treatment is realizing you have a problem with gambling. It takes tremendous strength and courage to own up to this. Don’t despair, and don’t try to go it alone, we are here to help. Overcoming compulsive gambling is never easy. But recovery and control is possible with treatment. When you are ready, for advice or looking for treatment information, Please contact one of the following:

At Sandia Resort & Casino we offer the Self-Exclusion Program. This procedure offers customers to self-exclude from any form of gambling at Sandia Resort & Casino. It is required for customers to contact the Security Department or the Responsible Gaming Coordinator for more information and to fill out required forms.

Responsible Gaming Coordinator

24 Hour New Mexico Problem Gambling Helpline

Responsible Gaming Department