Dual Addiction & Gambling

6/15/2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm CDT

This workshop will focus on developing possible strategies for continuation of care with the problem gambling client when dealing with PTSD. There are many models of possible care for addressing the trauma of addiction, personal trauma, and historical trauma. This presentation will focus on how EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) can be used when dealing with problem gambling. This is not EMDR training but an overview about how one technique could be used and suggestions for future work on learning about trauma. The participants will explore techniques to help the client address trauma, and to help them piece together how trauma and gambling have been connected in the addiction process. The participants will review case studies and have the opportunity to process current cases. The afternoon session will look at strategies when dealing with family members and couples in a therapeutic setting. Case studies will be examined, and the underlying causes of addiction will be explored. 6 CE hours. To register, please click here. To use a workshop package, please contact Ev Haas at 612-767-7044.


  • Identify the trauma often association with problem gambling and relapse, and the use of EMDR and other tools associated with dealing with trauma.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of problem gambling and describe how they relate to COD (co-occurring disorders). Resources available in the state of MN.
  • Identify ways to address family concerns, long-term relapse, and ways to avoid professional burnout. Identify ways to promote prevention work.

John Von Eschen has worked at Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, MN, as a problem gambling therapist since 2004 along with working as an AMRMS (adult mental health rehabilitation services) with the SPMI (serious and persistent mentally ill) population. John has worked with Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance since 2013 as an outreach worker, trainer, and prevention specialist. He has spoken throughout the state to multiple groups of both staff and clients about the dangers of problem gambling to people in recover, the trauma of addiction, and focusing on healthy relapse prevention strategies. John shares openly about his personal journey in recovery and is honored to have the opportunity to discuss the therapeutic process.

*Alumni, student, guest, & community partner early bird ticket sales are only available up to 1 week prior to event.

Adler Graduate School has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6915. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Adler Graduate School is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

John Von Eschen, MA, LMFT
To Register: 

To register click here or call 612-767-7044.