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Statewide Gambling Conference -- Series of 'Firsts' -- Begins 9-30-08

Thursday, September 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 The Council on Compulsive Gamblingof Pennsylvania is sponsoring with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board,Preferred Systems Inc., and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, ourfirst centrally located Problem Gambling Conference.

The Harrisburg East Holiday Inn at 4751 Linden Road will host theconference on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2 and 3. The Conference will be opened by TomWolf, Secretary of Revenue and feature a national expert each day. Ken WintersPhD of the University of Minnesota, an international expert on youth problemgambling and addictions will present on the latest findings on the adolescentbrain and the addictive process. Ken Nelson MD, noted gambling treatmentpsychiatrist will address the new discoveries in neurobiology and thepharmacology of gambling treatment.

For the first time in Pennsylvania the Council is offering thirty hours ofbasic problem gambling training and 30 hours of advanced training on twoconcurrent training tracks. Another first includes the offering of theInternational Gambling Counselor Certification examination for thosebehavioral health professionals seeking national certification as gamblingcounselors.

Other First Time presentations include:

-- Nan Horner, JD Pa. Gaming Control Board -- Regulatory Efforts to CurbProblem Gambling

-- Colleen Leonard -- National Helpline Service -- Who's Calling -- over34,000 calls have come to the Pa. Gambling Helplines. Who are our callers andhow do we help them.

-- Ed Trees, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Lottery -- ResponsibleGaming Practices

-- Joanne and Rick Curlino -- Gambling Treatment Experts -- Co-occurringdisorders and coordinated care

-- William J. Kane JD, CSW, CEAP -- Gambling Treatment, Ethics and the Law

-- Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on ProblemGambling, will speak to Public Policy Initiatives and the role of theAdvocate.

Continuing education hours are approved for NCGC gambling counselors,psychologists, social workers, addiction counselors and EAP's, CLE's and Act48 CEU's for school counselors.

A limited number of scholarships are still available, for details and moreinformation please e-mail us at ccgofpa@aol.com or call Jim Pappas at: 215-389-4008.

MEDIA PARTICIPATION IS WELCOMED

SOURCE Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania
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