A seminar entitled Problem Gambling and the College Population will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center, Room 101, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
Through videoconferencing, the program can be seen at the college’s West Campus in South Hall Rom 213, 101 College Dr., Pottstown. The event is free and open to the public and is geared for college faculty, administrators, counselors, students and drug-and-alcohol counselors.
The program features Joanna Franklin, MS, NCGC II, director of training and network development for Trimeridian Inc. Resources for Problem Gambling. She will discuss the dangers of problem gambling and help the audience recognize the signs of a compulsive gambler and learn how to get appropriate help.
Gambling, particularly online, is becoming an increasing trend among college students. Recent research indicates that 75 percent of all college students in the U.S. gambled during the past year, and six percent of those have a serious gambling problem. The most frequently chosen games are the lottery, card games and sports betting.
According to www.collegegambling.org, students with gambling problems are more likely to use tobacco, abuse alcohol, use illegal drugs, drive while impaired, and have a lower GPA.