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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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013; 4 – 5 p.m.

The Intersection of Science and Policy: A Town Hall Meeting

Panel: Peter Cohen, The Agenda Group; Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Florida; Ken C. Winters, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Gaming regulators worldwide often are tasked to develop and monitor responsible gaming practices and policies, including programs such as self-exclusion. However, the research on these types of efforts has lagged behind, leaving regulators wondering how to proceed in an effective way. This town hall meeting will provide policy makers and other gaming stakeholders the opportunity to meet face-to-face with scientists and discuss responsible gaming best practices. This session also is intended to foster a discussion about where research is needed to better inform programs and policies.

Monday, September 23, 2013; 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Evaluating Responsible Gaming Strategies: What Regulators Need to Know

Speaker: Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

Responsible gaming policies and practices like self-exclusion and employee education have multiplied worldwide in recent years. But how do we judge the safety and effectiveness of these programs? Dr. LaPlante will discuss the importance of using a scientific approach to evaluate responsible gaming programs, drawing on studies conducted by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, which have focused on both Internet and bricks-and-mortar gambling environments.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013; 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  (NCRG at G2E)

Behind the Screen: Characteristics of Internet Gamblers Who Trigger Responsible Gambling Interventions

Speaker: Heather Gray, Ph.D., Cambridge Health Alliance

As the conversation about Internet gambling grows, discussions continue about the impact that new technology can have on gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Dr. Gray will report on a study looking at what responsible gaming interventions can tell us about those who gamble online and may have potential gambling problems. The study provides additional confirmation that a set of monetary and nonmonetary behaviors distinguishes individuals who might be experiencing gambling problems from other Internet gamblers who are not experiencing such problems: namely, frequency and time spent gambling.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013; 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (NCRG at G2E)

Cause Marketing: Lessons for the Effective Promotion of Responsible Gaming

Panel: Jim Gentleman, SK+G; Ed Chansky, Greenberg Traurig LLP

The casino industry has produced numerous responsible gaming products that encourage customers to “keep it fun.” But do guests always absorb the message of responsible gaming? During this session, learn how other causes and industries have approached the communication of their public interest messaging. Success, obstacles and implications for the gaming industry will be discussed.

Have you registered for the NCRG Conference yet? Register by August 30 to receive the Early Bird Discount! For more information, click here.

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