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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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Guest Post: NCRG Conference Update: Using Research to Educate about Online Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 9, 2012

Simo Dragicevic, BetBuddyToday’s Gambling Disorders 360˚ post comes from Simo Dragicevic, president and CEO of Bet Buddy. Dragicevic will present findings from his latest research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming for those who gamble online at the 13thAnnual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. Dragicevic’s plenary session, titled “New Research: Educating Online Players about the Risks Associated with Gambling,” will take place on Monday, October 1 from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. PST, and the NCRG’s social media team will be sharing the highlights of his talk in real-time on Twitter (@theNCRG, #NCRGConference). For more information on the NCRG Conference or to register, visit the NCRG Conference website. To learn more about Bet Buddy, you can visit their website or watch Dragicevic’s interview with Cass Business School.

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Register today for the next NCRG Webinar on September 19

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 9, 2012

Save the date and register today for the latest NCRG Webinar Series session on September 19! Wendy S. Slutske, Ph.D., 2011 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award winner and professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia, is leading the upcoming training, titled “Path to Recovery: Is Controlled Gambling Possible for Pathological Gamblers?” The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The session is free to attend, participants will earn one CEU and registration is now open on the NCRG’s website.

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Nationally Renowned Speakers will Address New Trends in Addiction Research and Treatment at the NCRG Conference

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 29, 2012

The 13th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction is a month away, and many engaging speakers are set to present on emerging research and applications for addictions, gambling disorders and responsible gaming from September 30 to October 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Make sure to register by September 10 to receive the discounted rate of $295 for the main sessions and $45 for pre-conference workshops! You can visit www.ncrg.org/conference and click on the registration page for more details.

Here are a few of the speakers you won’t want to miss:

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Research Update: The Social Network of Pathological Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 15, 2012

Adam Goodie, Ph.D.What is a “social network analysis” of gambling disorders and responsible gaming? The phrase might evoke images of Mark Zuckerberg in a hooded sweatshirt, or the Oscar-winning film about the creation of Facebook. In reality, a social network analysis (SNA) is a method that researchers use to study how social connections effect behaviors, such as problem or pathological gambling.  

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Responsible Gaming Quarterly’s Summer Issue is Now Online

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 27, 2012

Responsible Gaming Education Week isn’t the only time of year that the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) work together to help educate community members on some of the latest research and information about how to gamble responsibly. They also produce Responsible Gaming Quarterly, a free publication that provides a broad range of coverage on recent research results, regulatory efforts, studies and developments in the treatment field and best practices for programs that encourage responsible gaming.

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