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2012 NCRG Conference Outstanding Poster Award Winner Tests Luck and Skill of Poker Players

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 31, 2012

Researchers have debated whether or not casino games, such as poker or sports betting, should be considered games of skill or games of chance. What qualifies a game to be labeled a “game of skill” by researchers? This is the subject being examined by 2012 NCRG Outstanding Poster Award Winner Dr. Gerhard Meyer and his colleagues at the University of Bremen in Germany in the poster titled “Is Poker a Game of Skill or Chance? A Quasi-Experimental Study.”

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The Science of Recovery with Alexandre Laudet, Ph.D.

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 24, 2012

Recovery from addiction can be a fluid process, with successful times and relapses. During her talk at the 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, Alexandre Laudet, Ph.D., stated that the science of addiction needs to be complemented with the science of recovery. This will help to increase our understanding of the components, patterns paths and predictors of long-term recovery.

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NCRG at G2E: Industry and Government Support of Treatment Centers – Evaluating Where the Dollars Go

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 22, 2012

Once again, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction continued its partnership with Global Gaming Expo (G2E) by offering the “NCRG at G2E” track of sessions on October 2. For the second year, the NCRG Conference co-located with G2E, making it easier for attendees of both events to learn about best practices in responsible gaming. The first session on this year’s NCRG at G2E series took a close look howtreatment providers report on their use of funds and how government and the private sector evaluates the impact of these services.

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Dr. Randy Stinchfield Named 2012 Scientific Achievement Award Winner

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 17, 2012

The NCRG has named Randy Stinchfield, Ph.D., L.P., associate director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, the recipient of the NCRG 2012 Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of research on rambling disorders. Dr. Stinchfield was honored at an awards luncheon on October 1, 2012 during the 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. You can watch his acceptance speech below or on the NCRG’s YouTube channel.

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NCRG Conference: Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care – A National Perspective

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 4, 2012

Dr. Westley Clark, SAMHSATo understand the big picture of what constitutes a recovery from a gambling disorder, it is best to look at it from both national and local perspectives. The 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction kicked off Tuesday morning with a presentation from H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America’s communities.

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NCRG Conference: Pre-Commitment as a Responsible Gaming Strategy – Is the Smart Card that Smart?

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 2, 2012

Continuing the theme of “Exploring New Trends in Recovery, Research and Responsible Gaming,” Monday’s NCRG Conference sessions took a close look at responsible gaming strategies. The afternoon session let by Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at Laval University, talked about smart cards and examined whether or not they were effective in encouraging responsible play among gamblers.

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NCRG Conference: What does it mean to be recovered from a gambling disorder?

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 2, 2012

On the first day of the 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, a session of three notable researchers and clinicians took a close look at the issues surrounding treatment and recovery from a gambling disorder.

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NCRG Pre-Conference Workshop: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 1, 2012

Before the official start of the 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, Mark Dixon, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University, and Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work at Saint Louis University, led a two-hour preconference workshop that focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Connect with the NCRG Online for Conference Updates

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 28, 2012

The 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction begins this Sunday, Sept. 30 and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian Las Vegas.  

If you can’t make it to the event, we still want you to be a part of the conversations that are taking place!  There are three ways you can stay updated on everything that’s happening at the NCRG Conference:

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Redefining Recovery From Gambling Disorders: The Iowa Gambling Treatment Program

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 20, 2012

In the public health and recovery arena, there has been a shift in how mental health professionals understand how to best help those who want treatment for gambling disorders. As a guiding principal of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the principles of “recovery-oriented systems of care” are redefining treatment methods for behavioral health agencies. Thanks to Mark Vander Linden, executive officer for the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, and his team at the Iowa Department of Public Health, this new definition of recovery is providing a new framework to help those with gambling disorders across the state. Their collective efforts serve as a model for public health officials about how to collaborate with key stakeholders to make sure the needs of a community are met in terms of problem and pathological gambling recovery services. 

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