• Important Updates to 34th National Conference

    05.27.20Joel Simon

    Digital Symposium: July 20 – 23.
    Main Conference: November 4 – 6.

    Washington, DC- The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the national advocacy organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling, today announced important changes to its 34th National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling.

    NCPG has been closely following the Coronavirus-related health measures that have forced the cancellations of many public events. After weighing options and consulting with members, presenters, sponsors, other stakeholders and health authorities, the decision has been announced to split the conference into two sessions to provide the safest experience while accommodating the maximum number of stakeholders. In July 2020, there will be multiple Pre-Conference Online (PCO) sessions with innovative content that will provide a mix of specialized sessions tailored to specific audiences, with up to 16 hours of content in one-hour blocks. The previously planned Main Conference moves to November 4 – 6, 2020 and will be in-person sessions, still at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, with new Master Class sessions added on the afternoon of November 6.

    “We’ve heard from many of you about how important our National Conference is, offering as it does a unique opportunity for people from all facets of the behavioral health fields and gambling industry to meet, collaborate on solving problems, and learn from each other. We believe that holding the ‘split’ conference in this way will optimize the learning and networking opportunities for our attendees,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “Our unshakeable belief in the value of our conference means that we will be working tirelessly to facilitate the professional and informative event that our stakeholders value and need, even during this pandemic.”

    In spite of this year’s obstacles, there is great optimism about delivering a full slate of excellent sessions. NCPG will offer education and training on sports betting, internet gambling and iLottery, which are becoming increasingly important and expanding across the US quickly due to the pandemic. Sessions will also offer specific information for counselors, government, and gaming operators in DC, Maryland and Virginia to help address the Spring 2020 launch of sports betting in DC and the November 2020 referendums on sports betting in Maryland and Virginia. The conference will also provide its customary broad education in problem gambling treatment, prevention, community and recovery; veterans and active military issues in gambling; Native American tribal gaming; and responsible gambling. Complete information and schedules for the updated events will be released shortly.

    About the National Council on Problem Gambling

    Based in Washington DC, the National Council on Problem Gambling is the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to minimize the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction by working with all stakeholders, providing national advocacy on behalf of people and their families who are affected by problem gambling.

    If gambling becomes a problem, NCPG urges people who gamble, as well as their loved ones, to contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers hope and help without judgment or shame. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text 1-800-522-4700 or visit or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat. Help is available 24/7 – it is free and confidential.