Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
In observance of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling (RICPG) will be hosting a conference on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. The goals of the conference are to increase public awareness about problem gambling and improve the professional development of Rhode Island mental health and addictive disorders professionals as well as students interested in this field. Keith Whyte, the Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, will be speaking, as will Marlene Warner, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. In addition, there will be a panel presentation/discussion on various aspects of gambling disorders, including domestic violence, mental health, and treatment resources.
It is estimated that one in ten Rhode Islanders experience gambling-related problems, which can range from anxiety and depression to financial loss, divorce, domestic violence, and even suicide. The RICPG does not take a position for or against legalized gambling, but has and will continue to serve as the State advocate for programs and services to assist all those affected by problem gambling, improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social, and economic costs of problem gambling, and educate Rhode Islanders about problem gambling and related issues.
The RICPG Conference is open to all who would like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. Pre-registration is $25, with a reduced rate of $10 for students. CEU's are available.
For more information and/or to register for the conference, please visit www.ricpg.com; or email Tawny Solmere at firstname.lastname@example.org.