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5th annual conference on problem gambling

5th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

5th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling
Expanding Our Vision

Friday, June 16, 2017 – BWI Airport Marriott Hotel

 Funded by: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Behavioral Health Administration

Registration is closed.

We have reached attendance capacity for this program. Walk-ins day of the Conference are not guaranteed Registration and CEU’s.


Join us on Friday, June 16, 2017 for an exciting learning forum that brings together national and local experts, policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers to discuss the latest information, research and resources to expand our vision of understanding and addressing the impact of gambling and problem gambling on individuals, families and communities within the state of Maryland.


If you have any questions, please contact Donna Gaspar, dgaspar@som.umaryland.edu or (667) 214-2120.

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Location: BWI Airport Marriott Hotel

1743 West Nursery Road

Linthicum, MD 21090

(410) 859-8300

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration opens at 7:30 AM)

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The Center’s Online Training Parts I and II trains counselors, educators, prevention specialists, and other health care and social service providers to address problem gambling. Part I focuses on strategies for screening for gambling problems and initiating conversations regarding the impact of gambling and problem gambling on recovery, health and well-being. Part II focuses on making gambling and problem gambling relevant topics of conversation within Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health treatment settings. One (1) CEU will be offered for each online course module completed.

National Experts
Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D. – Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University
Marlene D. Warner, MA – Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Amy Gabrila – GameSense Advisor, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Daniel J. Trolaro, MS – Assistant Executive Director, New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling
Kathleen Tracy, Ph.D. – Director of Research, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling; Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research Services, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Agenda Overview

This Conference is a learning forum for Maryland policy makers, community leaders, mental health and addiction clinicians, primary care and healthcare professionals, prevention professionals, social workers, and EAP counselors.

Key Conference Highlights:

Book Store – Purchase materials and gifts to enhance your library and your practice

Community Resources – Explore the many resources available for gambling disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.

Poster Sessions – Learn about the programs being conducted to bring awareness to gambling disorder.

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Goals/Objectives – Participants will:

1.) Be introduced to the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ) and its subscales; learn to administer, interpret and utilize the GPQ; and be able to use the GPQ to create tailored treatment plans for problem gambling clients.

2.) Identify the unique aspects of the GameSense responsible gambling approach and how it differs from traditional prevention and clinical approaches; and describe the key elements of the GameSense model.

3.) Understand the connection and risk of progression from social video gaming to internet gambling; learn issues surrounding the behavioral and psychological aspects of social gaming and disordered gambling; and identify current and emerging trends in video gaming, social gaming, and gambling.

4.) Become familiar with measures and tools for identifying disordered gambling behavior; and understand risk factors associated with disordered gambling in a community sample of Maryland citizens.

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7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration

Book Store and Community Resources

8:30 – 9:00 AM 
Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 10:15 AM Plenary: Individualizing Treatment with the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D.

Rates of relapse among problem gamblers are high — about 85% in some studies — and little is known about the reasons clients return to gambling or leave treatment early.  The Pathways Model (Blaszczynski & Nower, 2002), suggests that different groups of problem gamblers share common  psychosocial predisposing risk factors that make relapse likely if left unaddressed.  To address these problems, it is necessary to identify client risk factors and address those factors, along with the gambling behavior, in treatment. The Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ, Nower & Blaszczynski, 2016) is newly-developed 48-item screening instrument that classifies clients into etiological subgroups to aid clinicians in individualizing treatment planning.  It assesses clients along nine-subscales that were found to statistically distinguish subgroups of problem gamblers.

10:15 – 10:45   Break

Book Store and Community Resources

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Plenary: Putting Responsible Gambling Into Action: GameSense in Massachusetts Marlene D. Warner, MA; and Amy Gabrila

Hailing from British Columbia, the GameSense brand revolutionized responsible gambling in Canada.  So when the Mass. Gaming Commission was tasked with the implementation of the responsible gambling requirements of the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 they chose to use GameSense to augment the proposed programs and services.  The GameSense-MA program promotes player education and informed decision making, operator buy-in, and community involvement.  This presentation will describe how GamesSense is being implemented and evaluated in Massachusetts, and how it complements the work of the Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling.  A GameSense Advisor will describe the experience of working with patrons in a casino setting. MGM Grand Resort & Casino is launching a similar program here in Maryland and a representative from MGM has been invited to present.

12:00 – 1:00 PM Break

Book Store and Community Resources

1:00 – 1:15 PM Dr. Joseph Ciarrocchi Excellence in Problem Gambling Award Presented by the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling
1:15-2:30 PM Plenary: From Social Video Gaming to Internet Gambling: Identifying the Connection and Addressing the Issues Daniel J. Trolaro, MS

Consistently, there are more creative and fast paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, cope, or adjust to the stressors of life. Whether finding it through substance, social media, YouTube, or a variety of other methods, individuals are becoming more daring, tech savvy and tech dependent. From a technology perspective, one area that has seen explosive growth exists in the world of skill-based, social and internet gaming. The rise in popularity of eSports, social gaming, video gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has resulted in an increase in gamers worldwide seeking fast-paced action, escape, and sometimes a chance to win money. With that in mind, studies have started to show a correlation between early onset adolescent gaming as a gateway to problem gambling or other potential issues that may arise later in life. Problem gambling is linked to many individual, public health, and social problems including: depression, suicide, significant debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, domestic violence, neglect and maltreatment of children and criminal offenses. As with any addiction, treatment and early intervention utilizing various approaches can be very effective. This workshop will provide an overview and analysis of gaming and gambling, the behavioral, emotional and psychological warning signs, and a review of current and emerging trends in the gaming and gambling communities.

2:30 – 2:45 PM Break

Book Store and Community Resources

2:45 – 3:55 PM  Plenary: Psychosocial Characteristics of At Risk and Disordered Gamblers in Central Maryland

  1. Kathleen Tracy, Ph.D.

Dr. Tracy will present preliminary data from the Prevention and Etiology of Gambling Addiction in the US (PEGASUS) Study, a prospective cohort study with the objective of identifying risk and protective factors associated with problem gambling behaviors. The PEGASUS study was initiated in September 2015 and will ultimately recruit and collect extensive data on 1500 adults from Central Maryland, including demographics, social history, medical history, neuropsychological assessment, psychological assessment, and brain imaging data via functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Documentary: Gambling Addiction Among Opiate Users

This new short documentary, which premieres at the Conference, explores the growing underlying problem of gambling addiction among opiate users. Filmed at a Methadone clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, the documentary explores struggles and challenges, recovery and hope.

3:55-4:00 PM Closing Remarks / Adjourn



[su_tab title=”Continuing Education”]5.25 CEU hours will be awarded. (No CME’s are offered for this program).

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is an approved Sponsor of the Maryland Board of Examiners for continued education credit for licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors and therapists, and alcohol and drug addiction counselors in Maryland.