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Turfway Park to Host Problem Gambling Training Session

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM
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FLORENCE, Ky. (July 23, 2013) – Working with the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG), Turfway Park will host one of five training sessions across the state to help health professionals and racetrack, casino, and lottery personnel recognize and assist people whose interest in gambling has become a gambling problem.

The session at Turfway is scheduled for Wed., Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Racing Club on the fifth floor. Registration is required but there is no charge to attend. Deadline to register for any of the five sessions is July 31. Those interested in registering should e-mail Mike Stone or call (502) 223-1823.

The continuing education sessions are part of Responsible Gaming Education Week, a coalition effort involving the gaming industry, gambler counselors, state agencies, and the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling to raise awareness of pathological gambling, increase services for addicted gamblers, and promote responsible gaming practices.

"As gambling continues to expand, more people will seek help for gambling addiction, either for themselves or family or friends," said KYCPG executive director Mike Stone, who will attend the Turfway session. "There is a current shortage of individuals trained to help addicted gamblers. The free Responsible Gaming Education Week training programs help address this need."

In addition to training counselors, the Responsible Gaming Education Week Coalition also addresses the issue directly with gamblers, whose addiction is often hidden or secret. To make it easier for gamblers and others to find help, the 2013 Responsible Gaming Education Week Coalition developed a new website, kygamblinghelp.org, that also is accessible by smartphone and tablet. A promotional poster and rack card accompanying the website will be unveiled during the session at Turfway Park.

The faculty for the sessions are Dr. Curtis L. Barrett, professional adviser to the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling and professor emeritus at the University of Louisville, and Dr. RonSonLyn Clark, senior director of substance abuse services at River Valley Behavioral Health of Owensboro, Ky.

Each of the identical sessions provides three Continuing Education Units (CEU) for nurses, nursing administrators, certified alcohol and drug counselors, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, and pastoral-based counselors by the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Additional CEU applications will be filed with the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board and the International Gambler Counselor Certification Board.

In addition to health professionals, representatives of the area's gaming industry also are expected at Turfway, including Chip Polson, vice president of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation; Marty Hammons, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming; Joe Barrett of Belterra Casino Resort; Chip Bach, general manager of Turfway Park; Robert Wamsley, regulatory compliance officer of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati; and members of the Turfway Park management staff.

The other four training sessions across Kentucky will be held in Pikeville (Aug. 5); Louisville (two sessions on Aug. 6); and Hopkinsville (Aug. 8). Dr. Barrett will teach the sessions at Turfway and in Louisville. Dr. Clark will present the material in Pikeville and Hopkinsville.

Members of the media are invited to Turfway at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 to speak with Dr. Barrett and industry representatives and attend the poster unveiling.

Turfway Park is located at 7500 Turfway Rd., I-75 at Exit 182, Florence.

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Contact Mike Stone, (502) 223-1823.

About the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase awareness of problem gambling, advocate for widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers, and promote research and education on problem gambling. KYCPG is supported by memberships and donations. Corporate members include Ellis Park, Keeneland Race Course, Kentucky Downs, Turfway Park, The Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Belterra Casino Resort, G-TECH, Harrah’s Metropolis Casino, Hollywood Casino and Hotel, Horseshoe Casino of Southern Indiana, and Rising Star Casino.

About Turfway Park
Part of Kentucky’s year round Thoroughbred racing circuit, Turfway Park presents live racing from December through March. Opened in 1959 as Latonia Race Course, the track was renamed Turfway Park in 1986 and has been owned since 1999 by a partnership that currently includes Caesars Entertainment, Rock Gaming, and Keeneland Association. Known for innovation, Turfway Park introduced night racing to Kentucky, was the first Kentucky track to offer simulcast and intertrack wagering, and in 2005 pioneered the use of an all-weather surface for racing. Turfway Park is home to the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3), a designated prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

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