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June 2011

14th Annual Responsible Gaming Education Week: “Know the Odds”

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 30, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) are committed to public education opportunities regarding responsible gaming.  Both the NCRG and the AGA are busy ramping up for the 14th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), which is being held August 1-5.  This year’s theme, “Know the Odds,” will build off last year’s successful effort to “take the mystery out of the slot machine” by focusing on educating casino employees and patrons about the odds of all the games available in a casino.

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Deadline Fast Approaching: Letters of Intent for Large Grants and Early Stage Investigator Grants

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 22, 2011

The July 1, 2011 deadline for the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) large and early stage investigator grants is right around the corner. The NCRG has allocated more than $700,000 to fund research that advances our understanding about gambling disorders in 2011, and the last opportunities to apply for this year’s funding are quickly approaching. Make sure you submit your letter of intent for these two funding opportunities soon!

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CollegeGambling.org Webinar Now Available Online

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 21, 2011

Collegegambling.org Main PageOn June 1, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) hosted its second webinar of 2011, which provided an overview of the organization’s new resource, CollegeGambling.org, as well as the latest research on college gambling and gambling problems among college students.&n

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Fifth Annual NCRG Road Tour to Visit Boston, Mass.

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 16, 2011

Next month, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) will embark on its fifth annual Road Tour. Each year, the NCRG Road Tour travels to a new city to share information about the latest research on gambling disorders and make key stakeholders aware of the science-based programs and resources the NCRG has to offer. This year, the NCRG Road Tour will be visiting Boston, Mass., from July 26 – 27, and is excited to be partnering with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling for several of the events.

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NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board Chair to be Founding Chair of University of Florida’s Department of Epidemiology

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 9, 2011

Linda B. CottlerThe NCRG congratulates Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., on her new appointment as the founding chair of the University of Florida’s department of epidemiology.  Dr. Cottler is a long-time friend of the organization and serves in many roles, including the chair of the NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board for the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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New Research Finds Gambling Help Lines as a Potential Pathway to Treatment for People with Gambling Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 8, 2011

Toll-free helgambling helplinesp lines have been a common first line of intervention for addictive disorders for many years with successful statewide tobacco help lines leading the way. While there has been research on gambling help lines since the 1990s, to our knowledge there has not been a study tracking help-line callers from their initial call to attendance at a counseling session – until now. With the percentage of people with a gambling disorder who seek treatment from a counselor, psychologist or self-help group such as Gamblers Anonymous at only between 7 and 12 percent (Slutske, 2006), the ability of a help line to promote attendance at a counseling session is vitally important. A new study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors provides data on the matriculation of people with gambling disorders from calling the help line to attending a counseling session and suggests potential best practices for increasing the number of callers seeking treatment (Weinstock et al., 2011).

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NCRG Conference Update: New Accreditation Announcement for 13 Professional Development Hours

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 6, 2011

There are many exciting new developments regarding continuing education credits for the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction! Last week, we announced that the NCRG is an APA-approved continuing education sponsor. We just heard the news that the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC) has also approved the 12th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction for 13 professional development hours.

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APA Approves the NCRG to be Continuing Education Provider

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 3, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is pleased to announce that we are now approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. We are very excited for this new accreditation option! This achievement enhances the NCRG’s ability to offer advanced training, webinars and workshops on gambling addiction to the APA’s more than 154,000 members.

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