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november, 2014

14nov7:45 am4:00 pmProblem Gambling and the Law


(Friday) 7:45 am - 4:00 pm


Harrisburg Radison Hotel

1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Event Details

Problem Gambling & the Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Who should attend:

Attorneys, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, treatment providers, counselors, educators, pastoral counselors, EAP’s, law enforcement, gaming industry representatives and members of the recovering community


  • 7:30 – 7:45 Registration
  • 7:45 – 8:00 Introductions (CCGPA & PGCB)
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Secretary Gary Tennis (DDAP) – “Gambling, Substance Use and the Law: Myths and Realities”
  • 8:30 – 10:30 Judge Mark Farrell – “Problem Gambling and the Law: A Struggle for Progress & Therapeutic Intervention in the Criminal Justice System” (including Understanding Joy screening) Judge Farrell will review and discuss the development, implementation, operation and almost thirteen year history of the World’s only Gambling Treatment Court that opened in Amherst NY in August 2001. The theory of Therapeutic Justice will be discussed and the differences between the Traditional Criminal Justice System and the emerging Therapeutic Justice System that first appeared on the scene with the creation of Drug Treatment Courts in 1989 will be analyzed. Judge Farrell will describe Problem Gambling as a concept, its current handling in the Criminal Justice System and the advantages, challenges and results of dealing with this addictive process in a therapeutic judicial setting.
  • 10:30 – 10:45 AM break
  • 10:45 – 12:15 William Kane (NJLAP) – “Ethical Considerations in Professional Practice” Mr. Kane will review the role and services of Lawyer Assistance Programs. Attendees will be able to describe common concerns of impaired attorneys and the EAP approach to recovery and continued practice.
  • 12:15 – 1:15 Lunch (PA Gaming Control Board Update – Kevin O’Toole & Cyrus Pitre – 12:30 – 1:00) Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, PGCB and Cyrus Pitre, Chief Enforcement Counsel, PGCB, will review recent advances in legalized gambling in Pennsylvania. They will also discuss the role of the Gaming Control Board and the focus of the Board in the near future.
  • 1:15 – 2:30 Judge Farrell – “Gambling Treatment Courts…A Dialogue” Judge Farrell will encourage an open dialogue as to the value of this type of Therapeutic Justice intervention into Gambling, and explore possible avenues for its replication in other venues in both Pennsylvania and around the Nation. This will be an interactive session, with an opportunity for attendees to voice questions, thoughts and ideas for future development.
  • 2:30 – 2:45 PM break
  • 2:45 – 4:00 Annmarie Kaiser (PGCB) – “Coordinated Approaches to Address Problem Gaming” Commissioner Kaiser will provide an overview of current and proposed developments to the PA Gaming Control Board’s Self Exclusion Program. The impact of underage individuals attempting to gain access to casino floors throughout Pennsylvania, and how these issues are being addressed, will also be discussed.
  • 4:00 Adjourn

Sponsoring Partners

  • The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • The Pennsylvania Lottery
  • Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Preferred Systems, Inc.


Additional support provided by the following:

  • Algamus Recovery Centers
  • The Goldenberg Group / People Helping People
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
  • Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin
  • The Meadows Racetrack and Casino
  • Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
  • Parx Casino
  • Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

Conference Fees

  • $50 early bird (until November 7, 2014)
  • $60 at the door




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    Continuing Education

    CEU’s – 7 hours have been applied for psychologists, social workers, mental health, addiction and gambling counselors.

    Cash or check only – must be paid at the door. Limited Scholarships are Available. Please contact for details.

    • CEU’s – will be available for Social Work and Psychology
    • Social Work – $15 fee for NASW Members & $25/Non-Members
    • Psychology – $30 fee
    • CLE’s – $50 fee for CLE’s for Attorneys
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