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Employee Assistance Certification Commission Approves NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction for Continuing Education

by: Institute Staff | Sep 13, 2010

The Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC) of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) has approved the 2010 NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction for 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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2010 NCRG Conference Presenter Probes the Borders Between Normal, Eccentric and Disordered Behavior

by: Institute Staff | Sep 9, 2010

Defining and categorizing disordered gambling will be one of the featured topics at the 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction this November. In a presentation titled “Conceptualizing Problem Gambling: Cautionary Lessons from the Over-Pathologization of Depression and Substance Use,” Jerome C. Wakefield, DSW, PhD , a professor at New York University School of Medicine, will critique what he sees as psychiatry’s failure to draw adequate distinctions between disordered behavior, eccentric or unconventional behavior, and normal responses to stress (Wakefield, 2010).

Dr. Wakefield’s presentation will be a counterpoint to a preceding conference session focused on the proposed changes to pathological gambling in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) (American Psychiatric Association, 2010). The DSM is the handbook of mental disorders in the United States, used daily by health care providers, researchers, insurance companies and government agencies.

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2010 NCRG Conference Presenter Brings “Wellbriety” to Native Americans with Addictions

by: Institute Staff | Sep 1, 2010

The use of Native American traditions to heal addiction is one of the featured topics at the 11th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction on Nov. 14-16, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nev. Don Coyhis, a member of the Mohican Nation, will hold a session titled “The Wellbriety Movement: Drawing on Native American Tools to Heal from Addiction.”

Wellbriety, a combination of the words “well” and “sobriety,” is a concept of recovery that focuses on a “quality sobriety.” This concept is rooted in Native American cultural values such as respect for all living things and responsibility to self and the community. Coyhis has been teaching the concepts of Wellbriety for 20 years and has held trainings in more than 100 Native American communities, personally training more than 2,000 leaders.

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American Academy Approves NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction for Continuing Education

by: Institute Staff | Aug 26, 2010

The American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders has approved 14 hours of continuing education offered by the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, scheduled for Nov. 14-16, 2010 in Las Vegas. Clinicians who attend the conference will be allowed to apply the 14 continuing education hours toward their certification as Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) and Certified Gambling Addiction Specialists (CGAS).

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Drug Treatments for Adolescents with Gambling Problems?

by: Institute Staff | Aug 25, 2010

A new review article from the principal investigators of the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at Yale University and the University of Minnesota explores the potential of pharmacological treatments for disordered gambling in adolescents. It is important to identify an effective treatment for this age group, as adolescents are at a higher risk for developing gambling-related problems than adults.  However, no drug trials focused on pathological gambling have been conducted with this age group.

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Radio Program Interviews Institute Director on the “Odds of Recovery”

by: Institute Staff | Aug 23, 2010

Viewpoints, a nationally syndicated public affairs radio program, recently aired a segment about pathological gambling that featured Christine Reilly, executive director of the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, and Dr. Mitchell E. Wallick, executive director of the C.A.R.E. Florida addiction recovery center in North Palm Beach, Fla. In the segment, Reilly and Dr. Wallick discussed several aspects of disordered gambling and mentioned the similarities between gambling disorders and other addictive behaviors.

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The NCRG Hits the Road

by: Institute Staff | Aug 16, 2010

Last month, the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) annual road tour visited Cleveland – one of Ohio’s new casino jurisdictions – where representatives met with treatment providers, policymakers, researchers and community leaders. As casino development in the city gets underway, the NCRG encouraged these stakeholder groups to work together to implement state-of-the-art responsible gaming programs and to adopt research-based policies that effectively minimize gambling related harms.

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Reminder: Webinar on Self-Exclusion Scheduled for August 16th!

by: Institute Staff | Aug 10, 2010

As part of its 2010 Webinar Series, the National Center for Responsible Gaming will hold its next live, free webinar titled “Regulating Interventions for Disordered Gambling: What New Research Says about the Safety, Effectiveness and Logistics of Self-Exclusion Programs,” this Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, from 2 – 3 p.m. (EDT). The NCRG Webinar Series provides convenient educational opportunities at your desktop for learning about critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Participants in the one-hour program will earn one continuing education unit approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, the California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Advance registration for this free program is required. For online registration and more information, visit the webinar website.

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Issues & Insights Explores Self-Exclusion Research

by: Institute Staff | Aug 6, 2010

Self-exclusion is one of the most widely used responsible gaming strategies. These programs allow individuals to literally “exclude” themselves from a gaming venue as a way of dealing with problematic gambling behavior. Scientific research on the safety and effectiveness of self-exclusion is just now catching up to the establishment of such programs, which began more than a decade ago.

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New Research Finds Problem Gambling Peaks in Young Adulthood

by: Institute Staff | Aug 4, 2010

A new study from the Research Institute on Addictions at the University of Buffalo published in the Journal of Gambling Studies combined two national surveys to examine gambling and gambling problems across the lifespan, from the teenage years to retirement-age. The authors found that gambling involvement, frequent gambling (defined as gambling 52 times per year or more) and problem gambling increased during the teens, peaked in the 20s and 30s, and then declined in adults older than 40.

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