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NCRG Conference: Evaluating Responsible Gaming Strategies – What Regulators Need to Know

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Dr. Debi LaPlante presents at the NCRG ConferenceYesterday, the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction held an informative session on using a scientific approach to evaluating responsible gambling programs that Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of academic affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. LaPlante began the session by explaining that gambling disorders can cause a ripple effect—impacting the individual, his or family, acquaintances and the broader society; therefore, safeguards are often needed for some populations. One way to do this is by through regulating responsible gaming initiatives.

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NCRG Conference: Building a Partnership – Researching Native American Populations

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

The first day of the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction concluded with a few breakout sessions, including one that took a close look at building partnerships with Native American populations.

Kate Spilde and Dr. Miriam Jorgenson Speak at the NCRG Conference

The session began with a short presentation from Kate Spilde, chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming and associate professor at San Diego State University. Ms. Spilde provided two key resources on building successful research partnerships with tribal communities: the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) report, “Walk Softly and Listen Carefully,” and the Betty Ford Institute’s “Seme7 (Non-Native) Counselor in a First Nations: A Story of Professional/Personal Growth and Transformation.”

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NCRG Conference: The Evolving Definition of Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Dr. William NarrowWhat behaviors are symptoms of a mental disorder? What behaviors are not? And who decides?

In the United States, the most important decision-makers on this subject arguably are the group of scientists who are responsible for updating the preeminent text on the subject of mental disorders, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The fifth edition of this text (DSM-5) was released earlier this year.

The NCRG was pleased to welcome William E. Narrow, M.D., associate director of the division of research at the American Psychiatric Association and research director of the DSM-5 Task Force, Sunday at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction to speak about the changes made to gambling disorders in the new publication.

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NCRG Pre-Conference Workshop Looks at NAADAC’s New Gambling Endorsement

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 23, 2013

Shirley Beckett MikellBefore the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction officially kicked off yesterday, the NCRG held three pre-conference workshops for conference attendees. One workshop featured Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCAC II, CAC II, SAP, director of certification and education, and National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) staff liaison for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, who spoke about a partnership between the NCRG and her organization to develop a new, evidence-based endorsement for counselors interested in specializing in gambling disorders.

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Connect with NCRG Online and Join the NCRG Conference Conversation

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 20, 2013

This weekend, the NCRG team heads to Las Vegas for the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. We are excited for this year’s conference— it is packed with informative and intriguing conference sessions and nationally-known speakers!

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Register Today for NCRG Pre-Conference Workshops!

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 19, 2013

This weekend, the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction will kick off at The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian Las Vegas. The 2013 Conference will offer attendees more than 14 sessions in total and the chance to earn up to 11 continuing education (CE) hours.

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NCRG Conference Program Packed with Gambling Disorders and Addiction Experts

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 12, 2013

In just over a week, stakeholders in the fields of gambling disorders, addiction and responsible gaming will gather at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction at The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian Las Vegas.

The 2013 NCRG Conference will feature national leaders in gambling disorder research and treatment, public health, academia and the gaming industry and will present on key topics that will unite the field of gambling disorders and responsible gaming.

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Last chance to save up to $200 on NCRG Conference registration!

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 28, 2013

Don’t miss your chance to gain access to the latest information about gambling disorders and responsible gaming at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, taking place September 22-24, 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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RGEW Ends Today, but the NCRG Conference Will Keep the Conversation Going

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 9, 2013

The 16th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) comes to a close today, but that doesn’t mean that promoting responsible gaming best practices will stop there. Join us next month at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction from September 22-24, where we will continue the conversation during several conference sessions that give insights for effective responsible gaming programs.

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NCRG Brochures Help Guide the Conversation about Responsible Gaming Internationally

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 8, 2013

Talking with Children about GamblingHow do you say “responsible gaming?” The NCRG is making it a bit easier to do so by translating various resources into other languages, including Spanish, French, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese. During this year’s Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), the NCRG is excited to share that its “Talking with Children about Gambling Brochure” is now available in these languages. And we aren’t stopping there! We are also excited to give a preview of additional resources that will be translated later this year.

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