Stigma and Professional Impacts in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm


BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

“Stigma and Professional Impacts in the
Treatment of Gambling Disorder”

Presented by
UNLV Gaming Law and Health Law Programs and Nevada Council on Problem Gambling

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility – UNLV (maps and parking)

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1:00 – 1:10    Welcome / Opening Remarks   & Acknowledgements
Carol O’Hare

1:10 – 2:00    Case Study:  Professional Stigma of Treatment & Recovery
Ted Hartwell

2:00 – 2:30    Professional Consequences & Disciplinary Actions
Keith Miller

2:30 – 3:00    Implications for Health Information Confidentiality & Disclosure
Stacey Tovino

Approved for 2 CLE credits, including .5 ethics credits. 2 CEU credits.
NV Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors - Approval #2016-08
National Council on Problem Gambling - Approval #06/634


Gambling disorder is recognized as a diagnosable and treatable addictive disorder and is included in the same classification as substance use disorders in the DSM 5.  In theory, this recognition should lead to increased access to treatment and greater understanding of the problem gambler’s ability to achieve and maintain recovery.  In reality, individuals who seek treatment for a gambling disorder often face conflicting employment policies and potential consequences that can negatively impact their professional lives. The application of relevant laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, will be analyzed.

This session will examine the stigma of problem gambling and its impact on professionals seeking treatment.

Presenter Bios:

Carol O’Hare has been advocating for problem gamblers since her own recovery journey began in January 1991. She became the Executive Director of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling in 1996, directing the development of programs and services to reduce the impact of problem gambling in Nevada.  Since its creation in 2005, Ms. O’Hare has served by appointment on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling and in 2014, the National Council on Problem Gambling presented Carol with the prestigious “Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy” recognizing her for more than 20 years of exceptional public service on behalf of problem gamblers and their families.

William “Ted” Hartwell is an Associate Research Scientist with the Desert Research Institute ( of the Nevada System of Higher Education in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mr. Hartwell facilitates Community Engagement for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Council’s prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award. He is a disordered gambler in long-term recovery and advocates for public awareness and understanding of problem gambling. He also serves by gubernatorial appointment on the Nevada State Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling.

Keith C. Miller, JD is the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Professor Miller teaches the course on Gaming Law at Drake along with courses in the area of Torts.  In addition to numerous law review articles, he is co-author of The Law of Gambling and Regulated Gaming, the leading casebook on gaming law.  The 2d edition of the casebook will be published in January of 2016.  Professor Miller is the Vice-President of Educator Affiliates of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), a global gambling law network and educational organization, and he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Gaming Law Committee for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  Professor Miller also consults on gaming law cases, has been an expert witness in gaming law litigation, and is a frequent resource for media on matters involving gaming law.

Stacey A. Tovino, JD, PhD, serves as the Lehman Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law and the Director of the Health Law Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities and has particular expertise in the regulatory and financial aspects of health law. Professor Tovino frequently explores issues that lie at the intersection of health law and other fields, such as gaming law, insurance law, and immigration law. Educated as both a lawyer and a humanist, Professor Tovino publishes her interdisciplinary work in textbooks, casebooks, edited readers, law reviews, medical and science journals, and ethics and humanities journals.

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