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World Experts to present at 21st annual Conference on Problem and Responsible Gambling Issues

As gambling expands in and around Kentucky — for instance, with Keno, Historical Racing, and new land-based casinos — problem gambling awareness and prevention become more important with the possibility of individual gambling addiction. Presenters at the 21st Annual Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) Educational and Awareness Conference, at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center North, Lexington, Feb. 1-2, will provide insight and suggest actions.

KYCPG is pleased to announce that Alice D. Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery, will deliver the keynote address and explain the gaming industry’s role in problem gambling awareness and promoting responsible gambling behavior. She is the recipient of the Arch L. Gleason Industry Award for Responsible Gambling Leadership, an honor started last year to commemorate the groundbreaking responsible gambling efforts of the late Kentucky Lottery Corp. President and CEO.

One of the world’s leading experts on adolescent gambling and youth at-risk behaviors, Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Chair, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, and Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, will offer two presentations for behavioral health counselors, social workers, medical professionals, prevention specialists, and anyone interested in addressing youth problem gambling and at-risk behaviors.

His Feb. 1 afternoon presentations are titled: Understanding Youth Gambling: Another High-Risk Behavior, and Working with Youth Gamblers: From Research to Prevention to Treatment.

Building on Dr. Derevensky’s presentations, Margo Bristow, an experienced counselor and prevention specialist from Chicago, will speak Feb. 2 on Treating the Problem Gambler and lead a workshop on Intervention as a Prevention in Problem Gambling in Youth.

Additional presentations that can earn attendees up to 15 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) include a case study of working with the disordered gambler, a panel on the future of responsible gambling programs in the gambling industry, and a simulation of a Gamblers Anonymous 12-step meeting. Optional sessions are available for faith-based counselors and a discussion study of the film, “All In.” The program is planned to benefit both experienced problem gambling counselors and prevention specialists, as well as those new to this subject.

“It is timely to offer these topics at this time,” KYCPG Executive Director Michael R. Stone said. “The results of the last Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey (KIP) found that one-third of all high school graduating seniors gambled for money or possessions in their lifetimes. A gambling industry analysis reports that more than 80 percent of all adult Kentuckians have gambled in their lifetimes and more than 60 percent in the last year.

“Kentucky is a gambling state, and a lot of people enjoy gambling as a form of entertainment. Most don’t have a problem. But for some, estimated at 250,000 in the last prevalence survey, gambling can become a problem or an addiction, and addicted gamblers cause severe harm to themselves, their families, and co-workers. The education available at the KYCPG Conference can help raise awareness and address the issues.”

For more information on the 21st Annual KYCPG Educational and Awareness Conference, or to register, please contact Stone at 502-223-1823 or kmstone1951@gmail.com, or go to the KYCPG website, www.kycpg.org, to download a registration form or learn more about the Conference program. The Conference is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) and some gambling businesses. The sponsorships provide for registration-only scholarships based on need.

Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling

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  1. Cheri McKenzie Bell says:

    Please put me on your mailing list for future Kentucky workshops on problem gambling for continuing education credits. Thank you for your time and consideration, Cheri McKenzie Bell

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