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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.

As gaming continues its rapid expansion in jurisdictions around the world, so do the responsible gaming regulations that are intended to keep gambling a fun and safe recreational activity. One of the most popular initiatives is the “self-exclusion program,” which allows gaming patrons to exclude themselves from a casino and all the promotions and privileges typically accorded to customers. Despite the popularity of self-exclusion programs, little research has been conducted on their safety and effectiveness. In this webinar, Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D., C.A.S., professor of psychology at Laval University, Quebec, – one of the few researchers to explore self-exclusion from a scientific perspective – will present his findings from a study of self-exclusion in Quebec and suggest future directions on this topic for researchers, regulators, public policy makers and operators. The session also will feature Kevin Mullally, J.D., general counsel and director of government affairs at Gaming Laboratories International, who will discuss the current international regulatory environment and will reflect on the growth of self-exclusion worldwide. Participants will have the opportunity to post questions and comments during this live program.

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