Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 01, 2013
Paul R. Ashe, Co-Founder and President, and Pat Fowler, Executive Director, of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling today announced their organization’s 25th Anniversary Conference, Problem Gambling in Florida: Past, Present and Future, being held on April 4-5, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hilton Orlando, Florida at SeaWorld.
The conference, celebrating the FCCG’s 25th year since inception, will feature former Florida Member of the Florida House of Representatives, Scott Plakon, as its Keynote Speaker. Plakon will discuss the regulatory changes within the gaming industry in Florida, as well as share his observations of state and legislative impacts to date, and outline the relationship between the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling and state government. Further, he will furnish an update on his statewide involvement against strip mall casinos (Internet cafés). Plakon is also the author of Caylee’s Law and co-author of Florida’s Airline Safety & Wildlife Protection Act.
“We have convened some of the state and nation’s experts to lead us through the evolution of problem gambling in the State, including pathways to the future. Conference attendees will learn about the latest research in the field, prevention and treatment approaches that work for diverse populations, and new and specialized programs and support services within Florida and across the country,” said Pat Fowler, FCCG’s Executive Director. “Whether you’re a health care professional, a gaming industry member, a recovering person or loved one, an educator, law enforcement authority, media representative, or in another area of expertise, this two day forum has several things in store for you, including up to 17 Continuing Education Units for clinicians,” she added.
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“It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since we started this effort within Florida. Since then, the FCCG has evolved from a little not-for-profit into the State’s gambling addiction advocate and a national leader, spearheading free services, programs, and treatment for compulsive gamblers and those adversely affected. We’ve come a long way as an organization and also as a state and as a nation on this issue, but we must continue to push forward until we secure the supports needed for those sick and suffering. This conference will be a truly insightful and learning experience for all who attend,” concluded Paul Ashe, FCCG’s President and Co-Founder.
PRESENTATIONS – PARTIAL LIST:
Don Feeney, President of the National Council on Problem Gambling, co-founder of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (Minnesota’s NCPG affiliate), and Research and Planning Director for the Minnesota State Lottery, will discuss gambling trends across the country, policy and political changes, public perceptions, venue options, and gambler demographics.
Dr. Robert Rotunda, Professor of Psychology at the University of West Florida, will highlight the results of the FCCG’s most recent statewide prevalence study among adults ages 18 and older.
Dr. Jennifer Zorland, Associate Evaluation Director of Georgia BASICS, will feature the quantitative and qualitative results of a study assessing the prevalence and correlates of problem gambling within populations in which these risk factors are compounded – among adults mandated to participate in drug and DUI courts, and youth involved in juvenile and family courts.
Mark Fontaine, Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Substance Abuse Association, will be addressing the area of addiction and bridging the gap between substance abuse disorders and gambling addiction.
Dr. Lindsay Neuberger, Associate Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida will be providing information demonstrating how focus group data collection can be used in the formative and evaluative research process relating specifically to problem gambling in the Florida college student population.
The organization will reveal the 2013 award recipients at its’ The Best of the Best Awards Luncheon on Thursday April 4th and will feature a panel of recovering gamblers during its 25th Anniversary Luncheon on Friday, April 5th. (Cameras and videotaping will not be permitted during the panel’s discussion.) Also presenting at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon will be John Fontana, President of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Vice-President of the Florida Council, as well as Dr. Terry Ganaway, a therapist who specializes in gambling addiction in his private practice in North Palm Beach, Florida.
In the afternoon, Friday, April 5th, the forum will also present a firsthand account of life with a compulsive gambler, shared by the spouse who survived to tell her story. (Cameras and videotaping will not be permitted during this session.) And, those who attend the final session of the day, featuring Brian Kongsvik, the FCCG’s HelpLine Director, will receive a copy of the FCCG’s complete recovery workbooks series, “A Chance for Change” for the gambler, loved ones, and older adult gamblers, and will be updated regarding HelpLine data trends, and essential programs and free services available to Florida residents.