Friday, January 13, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CST
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Morton College, Cicero, Illinois 
3801 S Central Avenue
Student Commons, Building C
Cicero, IL 60804

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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 


1st Annual Latinx Conference on

Problem Gambling!

January 13th, 2023

8:00am - 6:00pm

Space limited>>> RSVP Today

You are invited to come and learn about the prevalence and issues surround gambling (a hidden addiction) in the Latinx Community. Through this event you will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of engaging speakers on ways to raise awareness and offer solutions related to problem gambling in our community.

This event is packed with knowledgeable and engaging speakers who will lead a few sessions in the morning before breaking for lunch around noon. The sessions will pick up promptly after lunch followed by a table discussion and open forum. There will also be exhibitor tables open from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM for those looking for additional resources and services available in our community.

Our closing reception will open up shortly after 4:00 PM to offer some light bites and entertainment while giving each of our attendees the opportunity to network and connect with others in the community.

Problem Gambling Stats You Need to Know:

  • 25.9% of Latinx frequent gamblers in Illinois have a gambling problem, more than double the White/Black/African American population
  • 1 in 5 individuals with a problem gambling attempt suicide, the highest rate amount addictive disorders.
  • Between July 2021 and June 2022, people in Cicero spent $380M on video gaming terminals. 

Event Agenda:

8:00-9:00 AM - Registration and Info Table

9:00-9:15 AM - Welcome Remarks

9:15-10:00 AM - Keynote Speaker (Dr. T. Celeste Napier)

"Gambling: The Mind-Behavior Connection"

10:10-11:00 AM - "Why Gambling is an Issue in Illinois"

11:00-12:15 PM - Illinois Prevalence Study/Marketing Campaign

12:15-1:30 PM - Lunch and Sponsor Open Mic

1:30-2:30 PM - "Latinx Community Response"

2:30-3:15 PM - Next Steps: Table Discussion

3:15-4:00 PM - Open Mic - Feedback of The Day

4:15-6:00 PM - Closing Reception/Community Event

**Agenda is Subject to Change**

Event Speakers:

Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D, Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College,Director Center for Compulsive Behaviorand Addiction

Elizabeth Thielen, LPC, PCGC NICASA Senior Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services,

Teresa Garate, Ph.D., Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Gateway Foundation

Jim Wilkerson, Administrator of Gambling Programs Substance Use Prevention & Recovery Illinois Department of Human Services 

John Harris, Principal, a5 Branding

Anita Pindiur, Director, The Way Back Inn

Mauricio Cifuentes, PhD, LCSW Clinical Director, Cicero Family Service

Daniela A. Barrios Morello, MSW, Bilingual Clinical Social Worker, Community Programs / Communications Coordinator, Cicero Family Service 

Please complete the following form to express your interest to attend this event. Those interested and according to capacity will receive an e-mail invitation.

This registration will remain open until December 31, 2022.