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Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Conference

Get research-backed information from industry professionals about problem and responsible gambling. 




Heartland Community College is proud to virtually host the 10th annual conference on problem gambling, sponsored by the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling

  • Friday, September 18, 2020
  • 9AM-4PM
  • ZOOM format 



  • Tom Swoik: Executive Director, Illinois Gambling Association and Chair, Illinois Alliance on Problem
  • Loreen Rugle, Ph.D: Consultant, Problem and Responsible Gambling
  • Richard L. Taylor, B.S.: Executive Director, Responsible Gaming and Military Affairs, MGM Resort
  • Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D: Director, Center for Compulsive Behaviors & Addiction and Professor, Rush University Medical School
  • Faye Freeman Smith, LCPC: Director, Student Counseling, Heartland Community College

Day-of Schedule

9AM – Introduction of guests 

9:30AM – Dr. Loreen Rugle, PhD.

Addressing the Co-Occurrence of Opioid Use Disorder and Problem Gambling

10:30AM – Richard L. Taylor, B.S.

“Game Sense:” The Company’s Responsible Gaming Program

12–1PM – Lunch

1PM – Workshops begin 

1. T. Celeste Napier, PhD., Research Findings

2. Loreen Rugle, PhD., Stick and Stones Can Break My Bones and Words Can Break My Heart: Stigma, Shame and the Importance of Language

3. Faye Freeman-Smith, LCPC, DCC, ACS, Recovery and Mindfulness

4. Richard L. Taylor, Gaming and Military Affairs

2:30PM – Break

2:45PM – Workshops continue

4PM – Wrap-up and dismiss 

Registration & Fees

Admission fee includes materials, CEU applications, and a certificate of attendance. 

Admission fee: $50


Free admission applies to the following individuals: 

  • Corporate sponsors
  • Veterans
  • Court services employees
  • Senior citizen facilities employees