Presenters

Join the experts at SPGC 2018, the Southeast’s definitive continuing education event for problem gambling specialists and those looking to get into the field. Click here to download the conference program, which includes the full agenda, session info, and more.

Keynote Speaker
Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH

[IMAGE] Keynote Speaker Dr. Jon Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago where he directs a clinic and research lab on addictive, compulsive and impulsive disorders. Dr. Grant conducted the initial research on many of the behavioral addictions such as stealing, sex, fire-setting and gambling. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Welcome Message & Last Words
David Griffin, Esq | Board President, FCCG

[IMAGE] David Griffin, Esq.

David Griffin is an attorney who has operated David Griffin Consultants since 2003. In 1999, David was appointed Secretary of the Florida Lottery, led the organization’s operation, management and revenue performance, achieved four consecutive years of record setting profits, spearheaded the Agency’s first responsible gaming program, and provided the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling with its first state funding in 2000. David formerly served as Assistant Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission, Labor Relations Manager for Bailey Controls Company, and MRI Marketing Manager for King’s Medical. He also played professional
basketball for one year in France. David serves on many boards and in 2017 was elected FCCG President.

Welcome Message
Jennifer Kruse, MSA | Executive Director, FCCG

[IMAGE] Jennifer Kruse, MSA

Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, has worked in various capacities for the FCCG for 15 years. Jennifer educates consumers, addiction/mental health/medical professionals, community-based organizations, regulators, operators and others about problem gambling during an ever-changing gambling landscape in Florida. She has provided thousands of employees at the state’s slot-licensed pari-mutuels with Responsible Gaming and Player Protection Program training, as required under Florida statute, and has served as liaison with media outlets and legislative bodies. Beyond managing the organization, Jennifer oversees all FCCG programs and services that provide crucial supports to Floridians, including free treatment.

Presenters
Jeffrey Derevensky, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychologist

[IMAGE] Jeff Derevensky

Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, is a James McGill Professor and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology; Department Chair of Educational and Counselling Psychology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. Currently the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, Dr. Derevensky has authored books, book chapters, over 200 published papers, and serves on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals. Considered an international expert on youth gambling, he has testified as an expert witness in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Eric Groh, LPC, ACS, CPCS, ICGC-II

[image] Presenter Eric Groh, LPC, ACS, CPCS, ICGC II

Eric Groh is founder of the Atlanta-based Georgia Council on Problem Gambling (GCPG), the 7th most populous state chapter of the NCPG. Eric served as consultant to Williamsville Wellness Gambling Treatment Program in Richmond Virginia. GCPG coordinated the first Governor proclamation for Problem Gambling Awareness Month in state history. Eric is an experienced national presenter on topics ranging from gambling addiction and specializes in ethics training and consultation for mental health professionals.

Deborah G. Haskins, PhD, LCPC, ACS, MAC, ICGC-II, BACC

[IMAGE] Presenter Deborah G. Haskins, Ph.D., LCPC, MAC, ICGC-II

Dr. Deborah G. Haskins is President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling, Director of Counseling Programs and Associate Professor of Counseling at Trinity Washington University. She has a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University MD and BA from Rider University. Dr. Haskins is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor. She has 25 years’ experience treating gamblers and specializes in culturally and social justice attuned mental health and community wellness. She focuses on healing the “soul behind the high” and helping others find beauty in brokenness, including mental health professionals.

Daniel Kaufmann, PhD, LMHC, BACC I, ICGC-II, Qualified Supervisor MH/MFT

[IMAGE] Presenter Daniel Kaufmann, Ph.D., LMHC, BACC I, ICGC-II, Qualified Supervisor MH/MFT

Dr. Kaufmann is currently a Full-Time Faculty member at Grand Canyon University, serving as a core faculty and departmental content lead in the masters and doctorate-level counseling programs. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida, as well as an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II) / Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). He received his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Barry University, where his doctoral research explored the integration of personality theory with decision making among MMORPG players.

Heather Kleckinger-Craven, LPC, ICGC-II

[IMAGE] Presenter Heather Kleckinger-Craven, LPC, ICGC-II

Heather Kleckinger-Craven, MS, LPC, ICGC-II has been with the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling (LACG) since 2011. Before being selected as the Director of Clinical Services for LACG in July 2017, she served as the family counselor and then as the Program Director for the Center of Recovery (CORE), which is a residential gambling disorder treatment program through LACG. She has worked as a counselor, trainer and administrator in the field of behavioral health for more than 17 years. 

Ken Litwak, ICGC-I, CCTP

[IMAGE] Presenter Ken Litwak, ICGC - I, CCTP

Ken Litwak is an ICGC-I, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. He graduated from City University of Seattle with an AS in General Studies and a BA in Management with certificates in Child and Adolescent Development and Gerontology. He is working toward an MS in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Ken works as an alcohol and drug counselor and has spoken at various events and conferences in the State of New Jersey and nationally about disordered gambling. Ken is a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Glenn Osowski, ICGC-II, CPSS

[IMAGE] Presenter Glenn Osowski, ICGC-II, CPSS

Since 2015, Glenn Osowski has provided Vocational Development and Therapeutic Employment Services for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans team at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. Prior to his current position, Glenn was a Readjustment Counseling Therapist for four years at the Brecksville VA Gambling Treatment Program. He is an International Certified Gambling Counselor-II and is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). He has over 9,000 clinical hours counseling gamblers as inpatients and outpatients. Prior to his VA career, he served 13 years as a U.S. Marine. Glenn is also a recovering compulsive gambler.