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Delaware was the first state to implement full-scale sports betting following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). While betting on sports occurs in all segments of the population, surveys from the National Council on Problem Gambling and the NCAA suggest rates of sports wagering are particularly high among young male athletes, most of whom started gambling long before they came to college. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), increased expansion and participation in sports gambling may lead to more gambling problems. And preventing and treating gambling addiction among all persons, including players, protects their health as well as the integrity of the game.

In addition to sports betting, increased gaming has been a focus of concern in recent years. The World Health Organization has recognized "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD. And a study appearing in the medical journal of Pediatrics reveals a dramatic increase in gaming and gaming disorder, especially among children and teenagers.

This conference will explore the need for developing strategies to combat the rise of gambling disorder, in view of the expansion of legalized sports betting, gaming disorder and the increasingly blurred lines between what is considered gaming and gambling.


CONFERENCE AGENDA (The Delaware Certification Board has approved this program for 5.5 CEUs)


8:00 am to 8:45 am Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am Welcome/Introduction Arlene Simon, Executive Director, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems

9:00 am to 10:00 am Legalization of Sports Betting in Delaware and Nationally: The Good, the Bad and the Future

The expansion of sports betting in Delaware and nationally has led to concerns about an increase of gambling addiction in the general population. Additional concerns have been raised about the impact of gambling on the health of athletes as research indicates that athletes are more likely to be at risk for addictions. The panelists will share their views on issues related to the legalization of sports betting, including programs designed to promote responsible gambling. Moderator: Jeffrey Wasserman, Judicial Outreach and Development Director, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems. Panelists: Lesa Densmore, CRPA, CCAR, CCRS - LD Coaching;Det. David Hanich, Division of Gaming Enforcement, Delaware State Police; C. Stephen Keener, Assistant VP Casino Operations, Dover Downs

10:00 am to 10:15 am Morning Break

10:15 am to 10:45 am Sports Betting and Gaming: Treatment Considerations for the Changing Landscape of Gambling Disorder

Attendees will hear from one of the nation’s foremost clinicians as she shares how new treatment approaches have conformed to the increase in sports betting and gaming. Speaker: Heather Chapman, PhD, ICGCII, BACC

10:45 am to 11:45 am Gambling Addiction and CTE: A Personal Journey

You will hear how gambling addiction, CTE and incarceration nearly destroyed the life of former NFL great, Reggie Rucker (Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants and NE Patriots). Reggie’s story is one of hope, resilience and inspiration as he shares his journey and the new life he's found in recovery.

Speakers: Reggie Rucker, Former NFL Player, Author; Heather Chapman, PhD, ICGCII, BACC

11:45 am to 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Video Games and Gambling: An Introduction to Loot Boxes, Micro transactions, Daily Fantasy Sports and E-sports

In the last few years, lines have increasingly blurred between what is considered gaming and gambling. This presentation will look at some recent trends in video gaming that connect with gambling, including the latest in loot boxes, micro transactions, daily fantasy sports and e-sports. Attendees will gain a real- world understanding of these trends as well as the key issues related to problem gambling/gaming and populations at special risk. Speaker: Cam Adair, Game Quitters

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm Athletes and Gambling Problems: Risk, Recovery and Prevention

Some populations pose a high risk of developing gambling problems and athletes are one of them. Because of their competitive nature and continuous emphasis on competition, an athlete will often engage in gambling like a game of skill rather than the game of chance that it actually is. This session will give attendees an understanding of the athlete-problem gambling connection. Combining lived experience and formal training, the presenter will discuss the risks for athletes and coaches as well as recovery and prevention pathways of gambling addiction. Speaker: Lesa Densmore, CRPA, CCAR, CCRS - LD Coaching, Former NCAA Division 1 Athlete

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Afternoon Break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Breakout Session 1: Video Game Addiction Masterclass for Mental Health Professionals

Video game addiction is real and a tsunami of it is coming that mental health professionals may not be prepared for. The presenter will share his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to the gaming world and offers key insights into how gaming and social media are designed to keep people hooked. He also takes an evidence-based approach to help attendees identify those at-risk, how to communicate effectively with patients, and what the practical strategies are to help them succeed in recovery. Named one of Canada’s Top 150 leaders in Mental Health, this is a presentation mental health professionals cannot afford to miss. Speaker: Cam Adair, Game Quitters

Breakout Session 2: The Impact of Legal Sports Betting on Collegiate Sports

With professional and collegiate sports betting now legal in the U/S., are game integrity and our athletes at risk? How might legalized sports betting impact game fairness and outcome in the future and what concerns might there be on the horizon? A former Division 1 athlete in recovery from gambling addiction and several college athletic directors will discuss the importance of protecting game integrity and keeping our athletes, coaches and communities safe and informed about how legalized sports betting may impact the game and the players. Moderator: Jeffrey Wasserman, Judicial Outreach and Development Director, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems. Speakers: Lesa Densmore, CRPA, CCAR, CCRS - LD Coaching, Former NCAA Division 1 Athlete; Jen Vining-Smith, Senior Assoc. AD Compliance, University of Delaware; Alecia Gadson, Assoc. AD Compliance, Delaware State University; Peter Baran, Esq, Director of Compliance, Villanova University Department of Athletics


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