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July 2011

Follow the NCRG’s Road Tour in Boston

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 25, 2011

The NCRG will be pulling into Boston, Mass. later today to begin the 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. These meetings are great opportunities to form new partnerships and educate others on the most up-to-date information about gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Make sure you follow the NCRG on Twitter and Facebook for the latest update on Road Tour activities! We are also posting articles here on Gambling Disorders 360˚ later in the week to recap the meetings and workshops.

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NCRG Road Tour: College Consortium Meeting is Coming Up on July 26

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 15, 2011

As a part of this year’s NCRG Road Tour to Boston, Mass., we want to bring together university administrators, campus mental health professionals, student leaders and those who work with college students on a daily basis for a consortium to discuss what national and local organizations are doing to address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. Join us on July 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling offices at 190 High Street, Suite 5, in Boston, Mass. You can RSVP by July 19 to Amy Martin at amartin [at] ncrg [dot] org or 202-552-2689.

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Online Registration for the NCRG Conference is Open

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 15, 2011

Are you excited to learn from leading experts on gambling disorders and responsible gaming and discuss how technology plays a role in gambling behavior? Online registration is now open for the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. Participants can register by September 12 for the early bird registration rate of $295, now available to all attendees. To register, click here or visit the NCRG Conference website at www.ncrg.org/conference.

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Register Today for the Boston-area Treatment Providers Workshop

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 13, 2011

There are still a few spots available for the upcoming workshop for treatment providers titled “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Problem Gambling.” Lisa Najavits, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, will lead this training on July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Back Bay Hotel, Joyce Room, in Boston, Mass. All clinicians and researchers in the area are encouraged to attend this free event that has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education units. The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling are co-sponsoring this event.

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Two New Certifications Added to the NCRG Conference

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 11, 2011

The NCRG is excited to add two new certifications to the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction’s growing list of certifying agencies for continuing education credits! The American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (Academy) has approved continuing education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) (Approval No. 11-1466). Also the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers (approval # A-511-11) approved the NCRG Conference’s 13 credit hours.  We are happy to have them on board.

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New Research Evaluates the Effectiveness of a Casino’s Responsible Gaming Training for New Employees

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 8, 2011

The people who work in casinos and other gaming venues are an important and under-researched group in the pathological gambling literature. Gaming employees constitute a unique group not only because they interact daily with customers in casinos, but because they are slightly more vulnerable to gambling disorders than the general population (Shaffer, Vander Bilt, & Hall, 1999). Because of these and other factors, most states and casino operators in the U.S. require gaming employees to go through training on the specifics of disordered gambling and responsible gaming.  However, there has been very little published research done on the effectiveness of employee training programs used by casinos. In fact, the first study of an employee training program by a U.S. research team was recently published in the Journal of Gambling Studies (Laplante, Gray, Labrie, Kleschinsky, & Shaffer, 2011). 

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New State Report Examines Gambling Prevalence in Maryland

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 6, 2011

What affects the prevalence of gambling disorders in a given area? Is it access to gambling activities in general, access to a specific type of gambling activity, demographic characteristics, local norms, the presence of an underlying addictive syndrome, or some combination of these factors and others? These questions have been asked for many years and have inspired much debate in both political and academic circles. Studying a question like this requires competent and willing researchers, but also a favorable situation for research.

Unlike clinical trials, people cannot be randomly assigned to live within a certain distance of a casino, to prefer a particular gambling activity, or to have some particular demographic trait. This limitation can be overcome by taking advantage of “natural experiments,” times when some variable in a community changes and researchers can isolate the effect that variable has on the prevalence of gambling disorders in the community.

One such natural experiment will take place in Maryland over the next several years with the legalization of slot machines. The results of the first study measuring baseline disordered gambling in the state has just been released to the public, and further studies will be completed over the next several years to assess the effect (if any) of the addition of slot machines to existing gambling opportunities (Shinogle, Norris, et al., 2011).              

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On the Road Again: NCRG Summer Activities Update

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 1, 2011

For the NCRG, summertime brings a busy season of travel, exciting conferences and speaking engagements. This summer is no exception, and we want to make sure you know where we will be discussing research on gambling disorders and the latest in responsible gaming.

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