10th Annual Illinois Conference
on Problem Gambling


Friday, September 18, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM CDT
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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 

The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling is Honored to announce the Agenda for our State Conference on Problem Gambling


2020 ICPG Conference Agenda 
Friday, September 18, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

10th Annual State Conference on Problem Gambling
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM     Welcome, Brandon Defenbaugh, President Board of Directors
Introduction of Guests, Bill Johnson, Administrator

 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM     Tom Swoik, Executive Director, Illinois Casino Gaming Association,  Chairperson for the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling

 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM   Loreen Rugle, Ph.D.,  Problem and Responsible Gambling Consultant
"Addressing the Co-Occurrence of Opioid Use Disorder & Problem Gambling"

10:45 AM – Noon   Richard L Taylor, B.S., Responsible Gaming Consultant
We All Start Somewhere? “Game Sense”, MGM Resort responsible gaming program.

Noon – 1:00 PM          LUNCH

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Workshop #1 - "Neuroscience of the Vulnerabiltiy to Develop Gambling Disorders"
Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL. 
Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical School 

 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Workshop #2  
Dr. Loreen Rugle, Ph.D. Consultant, Stigma, Shame, and the Importance of Language,
Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones but Words Can Break My Heart"  

Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Dr. Loreen Rugle, Richard Taylor 

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM         Evaluations/Wrap UP

CEU's available for LCSW, LCPC, IAODAPCA


Dr. Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC

Dr. Rugle brings 35 years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling to her current positions. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects. She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. She is also currently Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

Dr T. Celeste Napier: Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesRush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois
Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction

Professor Napier’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas USA, and post-doctoral training in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA.  She had research sabbaticals at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut USA and the University of Washington Health Sciences Center, Seattle, Washington USA.

Professor Napier has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH; USA) since 1990.  Her extensive scientific service includes President of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, membership in NIH scientific review committees, an organizer of international conferences, editor or reviewer for over 200 scientific journals and books, and also is an advisor/consultant for community-based treatment and education centers, and the biotech industry.  She has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

Richard L. Taylor, Jr.:
Richard most recently was employed as Executive Director of Responsible Gaming and Military Affairs, for MGM’s award-winning responsible gaming program, GameSense. Developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, GameSense provides player education and support through employee and guest interactions, digital touchscreens, and print collateral. He is currently a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Strategic Planning and Military Committees. 

A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Taylor also leads the company’s military and veteran community engagement and customer loyalty initiatives.

Prior to his current roles, Mr. Taylor served as the Manager of Government Affairs, where he worked on local and state government issues. His career with MGM Resorts began in 2012 in the Public Affairs Department where he worked on the MGM Springfield Development Project assisting with community engagement efforts. 

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.