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The Future of Problem Gambling is TODAY: 16th Annual CCPG Conference

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Exploring emerging trends in prevention and treatment of disordered gambling, plus the ramifications of expanded legalized gambling in CT.

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At the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling's 16th Annual Conference, we will explore emerging trends in problem gambling, as well as the ramifications of expanded legalized gambling in the state.

ADVOCACY

We have invited key legislators and regulators to discuss the current regulatory landscape in Connecticut and how it may be altered as a result of new forms of legalized gambling. We'll also have sessions on criminal justice reform for problem gamblers, and the impact of problem gambling on the business community.

TREATMENT

For treatment professionals, we will have sessions on new treatments for disordered gambling, and the intersection of marijuana and problem gambling. We'll also explore the relationship between internet and technology addiction and gambling.

PREVENTION

We'll have breakouts showcasing the work being done regionally around Connecticut (including capacity-building exercises and other takeaways), new technology and approaches used to prevent problem gambling, and targeted outreach in urban communities.

We'll also hear the moving stories of those in recovery from all walks of life (military, business, incarcerated), including affected family members.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments. CEUs pending from the CT Certification Board (CCB), National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter (NASW-CT).

For more information please contact Art Mongillo at (959) 230-4034 or ArtM@ccpg.org.

CONFIRMED PRESENTERS (We'll continue to update this as we confirm additional participants):

Judge Cheryl Moss - Gambling Treatment Diversion Court

Judge Cheryl Moss presides over the first gambling treatment diversion court (GTDC) in the State of Nevada, and the second in the entire nation.

Nevada statutes were amended in 2009 to permit defendants to enter a gambling diversion treatment program if a criminal judge deemed them eligible in lieu of incarceration.

Judge Moss has an extensive background in problem gambling, having lectured nationally and locally on issues related to problem gambling and the courts. She also authored a Law Review article on gambling diversion court programs across the U.S. She will discuss the process of creating the gambling treatment diversion court, how it works, and how this model can be replicated elsewhere.

Katherine Kirch, Bettor Choice Program Manager, Wheeler Clinic & Veronica Sirur-Flores, Bettor Choice Supervisor, UCFS Healthcare - Using EMDR for the Treatment of Gambling Disorders

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.

This workshop will provide participants with information about EMDR as a treatment modality in a clinical setting and how this therapy can be used to help clients work through various emotional disturbances related to their gambling or the gambling of a loved one.

Participants will get a basic overview of EMDR, learn how it can aid those trying to recover from gambling disorders, and resolve feelings of shame and guilt associated with problem gambling.

Victor Ortiz, Director of Problem Gambling Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Raising Awareness Among Men of Color

Research has indicated that men are at higher risk of problem gambling than the general population, as are people of color and those with a history of substance misuse. In an effort to engage populations that we have had difficulty engaging in the past, culturally appropriate prevention initiatives need to be designed to increase awareness and opportunity for discussions of gambling as an issue.

Mr. Ortiz oversaw the creation and implementation of a successful public awareness campaign targeting men of color with a history of substance misuse in Springfield, Massachusetts. He will discuss the process of design and implementation, as well as lessons learned and ideas for replication in Connecticut.

Dr. Patrick Kelly, Director, Ethics in Business Education Program, Providence College School of Business - Problem Gambling Workplace Fraud

With an increasingly competitive gambling environment in New England, expanded access to different forms of gambling often equates to increased risk of gambling problems for those at risk.

Small business owners face increased risk of workplace fraud, embezzlements, and lost productivity due to problem gambling as a result. Eighty-eight percent of convicted embezzlers with gambling habits are people with no previous criminal records.

Dr. Kelly will offer recommendations on how to successfully address and minimize this fraud, including the creation of employee support programs and best practices for cash handling and recordkeeping.

Dr. Timothy Fong, Professor of Addiction Psychiatry; Director, UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship; Co-Director, UCLA Gambling Studies Program; Faculty, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

Connecticut has been inching towards the legalization of recreational marijuana for several years now. While studies vary, it has been suggested that marijuana/cannabis users have higher rates for alcohol use disorder and problem gambling than people who do not use the drug. Combined with a large proposed expansion of legalized gambling, this can lead to an increase in problem gambling disorder in the state.

Dr. Fong will explore the relationship between cannabis and gambling, offering insights and experience from his 20+ year career.

Dr. Paul Weigle, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist; Associate Medical Director, Natchaug Hospital of Hartford Healthcare

With increasingly blurred lines between videogaming/technology addiction and problem gambling, larger numbers of young people are presenting with symptoms of disordered gambling, and at younger ages.

Scientific research reveals the effects of chronic video game play on psychological well being, including effects on academic achievement, sleep, and behavior. Internet Gaming Disorder is becoming more common and associated with significant distress and impairment, but typically under-recognized in medical and mental health treatment settings.

Dr. Weigle will discuss the overlap between gambling addiction and tech addictions, and ways parents can protect youth from health risks associated with videogaming habits, as well as potential treatments for pathological use.

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