• DCPG- 8 hours in Newark, Delaware

    02.21.19Deanna Wilken

    March 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Wilmington/Christiana Hilton
    100 Continental Drive
    DE 19713
    Jeff Wasserman
    (302) 655-3261

    3rd Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Conference

    Program Description

    Delaware was the first state to implement full-scale sports betting following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). While betting on sports occurs in all segments of the population, surveys from the National Council on Problem Gambling and the NCAA suggest rates of sports wagering are particularly high among young male athletes, most of whom started gambling long before they came to college. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), increased expansion and participation in sports gambling may lead to more gambling problems. And preventing and treating gambling addiction among all persons, including players, protects their health as well as the integrity of the game.

    In addition to sports betting, increased gaming has been a focus of concern in recent years. The World Health Organization has recognized “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD. And a study appearing in the medical journal of Pediatrics reveals a dramatic increase in gaming and gaming disorder, especially among children and teenagers.

    This conference will explore the need for developing strategies to combat the rise of gambling disorder, in view of the expansion of legalized sports betting, gaming disorder and the increasingly blurred lines between what is considered gaming and gambling.


    Mental heath professionals; collegiate coaches, compliance directors and athletic advisors; school teachers, counselors and administrators; social workers; recovery specialists and all those interested in learning about problem gambling and gaming.

    5.5 hours of CEU credits