Friday, June 2, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
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Hult Center for Healthy Living 
5215 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614

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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 


are Pleased to Co-Sponsor
2017 Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Conference

June 2, 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hult Center for Healthy Liviing
Peoria, IL  61614  

Please join us for our FIRST ever ICPG Downstate Conference. We will be providing 7 Hours of FREE Continuing Education Units for IAODAPCA Certified Counselor, Social Workers and Professional Counselors. Lunch will be provided thanks to the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling (IAPG)


8:00 AM– 8:15 AM           Registration/Welcome

8:15 AM– 9:00 AM           Plenary    
                                         Gene O’Shea, Director of Illinois Gaming Board Self-Exclusion Program

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM        ICGA, Responsible gaming and Support Mechanisms for peope in need of    
                                        Tom Swoik, M.S Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association 
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM      Break

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM      Gambling vs. Internet Gaming and Fantasy Sports-Interface or Grey Area?
                                         Dr. Kirk Moberg, MD, Ph.D., FASAM, Medical Director, IIAR     

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM    Lunch – Provided by the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling (IAPG)

1:00 PM– 2:00 PM           Understanding gambling disorder and youth gambling
                                         Christine Reilly, M.A., Senior Research Director, NCRG

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM           What the research indicates
                                         Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Ph. D., Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and

3:30 PM– 3:45 PM          Break

3:45 PM– 4:45 PM           Panel Discussion - Questions / Answers
                                         Gene O’Shea, Tom Swoik, Dr. Moberg, Christine Riley, Dr. T. Celeste Napier

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM           Wrap Up / Evaluations

Goals/Learning Objectives

1.     Describe the history and expansion of gaming in Illinois
2.     Describe what is a Gambling Disorder, Interent Gaming and Fantasy Sport Gambling
3.     Describe what the current research reports about recovery and treatment
4.     Describe the what the research indicates  


Gene O'Shea is a former journalist who joined the Illinois Gaming Board in 2000 after fourteen years with the Daily Southtown cover criminal courts and law enforcement in Chicago. Soon after joining the IGB's staff he was asked to begin developing a Self-Exclusion Program for Problem Gamblers which was implemented in 2002 via the Rule Making process. Mr. O'Shea is the Director of the Illinois Gaming Board's Self-Exclusion Program for Problem Gamblers.

Dr. Kirk Moberg MD, PhD, FASAM has practiced in the field of addiction medicine for the past 20 years.  During that time he has served as medical director of three addiction treatment centers serving currently as medical director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Moberg has extensive experience implementing medication assisted treatment programs including buprenorphine programs.As a triple alumnus of the University of Illinois, Dr. Moberg holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Administration, a Ph.D. in Biology as well as a medical degree.  Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Certifying Commission on Medical Management and the American Board of Addiction Medicine he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D. - Rush University Medical Center, is Professor of Pharmacology and Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction The research interests of Dr. Napier's laboratory are focused on changes in the adult mammalian brain that alter motivative behaviors, including those associated with drug addiction and its co-morbidity with other mental and neurological diseases. Behavior, pharmacological, electrophysiological and biochemical approaches are used in rodent models of the human brain disease to ascertain neuronal substrates that are altered during the course of these disorders. The work is directed towards developing novel therapeutic targets that can nullify the disease-related brain alterations.

Christine Reilly, M.A., Senior Research Director for the National Center for Responsible Gaming. In this capacity, Reilly administers the NCRG’s research grant programs and coordinates educational activities such as the annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction and the EMERGE Training program (Executive, Management, and Employee Responsible Gaming Education). Previously, Reilly served as the executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, from 2000 to 2009. She also was the first executive director of the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), from 1997 to 2000.The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder.

Thomas Swoik, M.S., Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association (ICGA), has Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield he became the Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association on April 1, 2002. Tom's previous experience included serving as Interim Administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board for a short period in 2001 and as Deputy Administrator-Finance and Administration from November, 1994 through March of 2002.  The Illinois Gaming Board is the regulatory body governing the State’s riverboat gaming industry.  As Deputy Administrator he was responsible for budgetary matters, legislation, data processing, personnel and all accounting for the operations of the Gaming Board. Tom, who was a career government official, served in various managerial positions at several state agencies.  Prior to going to the Gaming Board he was Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for three years and prior to that served in various capacities at the Illinois State Board of Education for nearly sixteen years.