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Recap of Conversations in Problem Gambling: A Conference on Trending Topics

On June 6th and 7th, the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling hosted a groundbreaking event for Illinois counselors and other mental health providers. This two-day training event provided a comprehensive platform for meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing on emerging trends in Problem Gambling research, prevention, and treatment. Attendees were immersed in a wealth of information, practical strategies, and networking opportunities designed to enhance their expertise and effectiveness in the field.

Key Highlights

Captivating and Thought Provoking Topics

Our Conversations in Problem Gambling conference covered a range of critical topics. On the first day, topics covered social media trends and patterns, using financial counseling to address the financial harms of problem gambling, the intersection of mental illness and substance use disorders with problem gambling, and a discussion on making Illinois a Gambling Informed State. On the second day, discussions included public awareness and educational gambling campaigns in Illinois, the 1-800-Gambler hotline and strategies to lower barriers to treatment for those affected by problem gambling, responsible gambling policies, and concluded with “Voices of Resilience,” a panel discussion featuring individuals who have overcome problem gambling and are currently in recovery. 

Peer Networking Opportunities

One of the most valuable aspects of the conference was the opportunity for attendees to connect with fellow professionals. Networking allowed participants to share experiences, exchange ideas, and build connections that could enhance their work in the field. These interactions fostered a sense of community among professionals dedicated to addressing problem gambling, opening doors for future collaboration and support.

Final Thoughts

Conversations in Problem Gambling: A Conference on Trending Topics was a resounding success, providing a rich tapestry of insights and strategies for tackling problem gambling. Attendees left with a deeper understanding of current research, prevention techniques, treatment innovations, and the critical role of policy and advocacy. This conference not only equipped participants with practical tools but also strengthened the professional network dedicated to mitigating the impacts of problem gambling in Illinois and beyond.

If you want to learn more how you can get involved or attend our next conference, please check out our website.