by: NCRG Staff | May 21, 2015
The NCRG is proud to announce the outstanding roster of speakers for the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, scheduled for Sept. 27-29, 2015, in Las Vegas:
Exploring the latest news, issues and research relating to gambling disorders and responsible gaming
Want to join the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) in Las Vegas for the 15th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction from Sept. 28 to 30, 2014? Is your travel or conference budget a little tight this year? Each year, the NCRG awards scholarships to more than 15 individuals to attend the NCRG Conference. A portion of these scholarships may also include travel assistance.
To apply for a scholarship, visit the Conference Scholarship website and submit your application by 5 p.m. PT today through our online form. This year’s lineup is packed with nationally renowned speakers and experts in the field of addiction, gambling disorder and responsible gaming that you won’t want to miss!
The 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction was attended by more than 300 people from around the world. To ensure access to this continuing education opportunity, the NCRG provided scholarships to a variety of clinicians, researchers and others. And because we are always interested in improving our program, we asked this year’s scholarship recipients to give us in-depth evaluations of the conference and their experiences.
On Tuesday, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction co-located with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier trade show and conference event for the gaming entertainment industry, to provide two “NCRG at G2E” sessions. This is the third year that the NCRG Conference co-located with G2E, making it easier for attendees of both events to learn about best practices in responsible gaming.
The first session on this year’s “NCRG at G2E” series examined characteristics of Internet gamblers who trigger responsible gaming interventions and featured Heather Gray, Ph.D. She is a research associate at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Each year, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders to come together, listen to research and programs from leading experts and share their experiences with gambling disorders. One of the benefits of this interaction is that the NCRG staff gets to learn directly from attendees, especially public health officials, about the speakers and topics they might find useful in their work.
One such topic that was overwhelmingly requested was the cluster of disorders previously called “mood disorders” (e.g., major depressive disorder). It turns out that the experiences of gambling treatment providers—of which many have clients with mood disorders in addition to a gambling disorder—are echoed in the published research. The National Comorbidity Study-Replication (NCS-R), one of the largest studies of mental health comorbidity in the country, found that more than 55 percent of people with a gambling disorder also had a comorbid mood disorder (Kessler, 2008).
Monday, the NCRG was honored to present the 2013 Scientific Achievement Award to Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., a professor in the School/Applied Child Psychology and a professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, during a luncheon today at The Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, during the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.
Yesterday, the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction held an informative session on using a scientific approach to evaluating responsible gambling programs that Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of academic affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
Dr. LaPlante began the session by explaining that gambling disorders can cause a ripple effect—impacting the individual, his or family, acquaintances and the broader society; therefore, safeguards are often needed for some populations. One way to do this is by through regulating responsible gaming initiatives.
The first day of the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction concluded with a few breakout sessions, including one that took a close look at building partnerships with Native American populations.
The session began with a short presentation from Kate Spilde, chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming and associate professor at San Diego State University. Ms. Spilde provided two key resources on building successful research partnerships with tribal communities: the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) report, “Walk Softly and Listen Carefully,” and the Betty Ford Institute’s “Seme7 (Non-Native) Counselor in a First Nations: A Story of Professional/Personal Growth and Transformation.”
What behaviors are symptoms of a mental disorder? What behaviors are not? And who decides?
In the United States, the most important decision-makers on this subject arguably are the group of scientists who are responsible for updating the preeminent text on the subject of mental disorders, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The fifth edition of this text (DSM-5) was released earlier this year.
The NCRG was pleased to welcome William E. Narrow, M.D., associate director of the division of research at the American Psychiatric Association and research director of the DSM-5 Task Force, Sunday at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction to speak about the changes made to gambling disorders in the new publication.
Before the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction officially kicked off yesterday, the NCRG held three pre-conference workshops for conference attendees. One workshop featured Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCAC II, CAC II, SAP, director of certification and education, and National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) staff liaison for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, who spoke about a partnership between the NCRG and her organization to develop a new, evidence-based endorsement for counselors interested in specializing in gambling disorders.