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Kudos to the Division on Addiction on its 20th Anniversary!

by: NCRG Staff | Nov 2, 2012

Dr. Howard Shaffer, director of the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate, spoke on the subject of research revolutions in gambling disorders at last year’s National Council on Problem Gambling annual conference. Although he was discussing new trends in gambling research, “revolution” is also an apt term to describe the work of Dr. Shaffer and his colleagues at the Division on Addiction, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Redefining Recovery From Gambling Disorders: The Iowa Gambling Treatment Program

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 20, 2012

In the public health and recovery arena, there has been a shift in how mental health professionals understand how to best help those who want treatment for gambling disorders. As a guiding principal of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the principles of “recovery-oriented systems of care” are redefining treatment methods for behavioral health agencies. Thanks to Mark Vander Linden, executive officer for the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, and his team at the Iowa Department of Public Health, this new definition of recovery is providing a new framework to help those with gambling disorders across the state. Their collective efforts serve as a model for public health officials about how to collaborate with key stakeholders to make sure the needs of a community are met in terms of problem and pathological gambling recovery services. 

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Responsible Gaming Quarterly’s Summer Issue is Now Online

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 27, 2012

Responsible Gaming Education Week isn’t the only time of year that the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) work together to help educate community members on some of the latest research and information about how to gamble responsibly. They also produce Responsible Gaming Quarterly, a free publication that provides a broad range of coverage on recent research results, regulatory efforts, studies and developments in the treatment field and best practices for programs that encourage responsible gaming.

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The NCRG Launches New Series of Resources to Educate about Gambling Disorders and Responsible Gaming

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 27, 2012

Gambling disorders and responsible gaming aren’t just casino issues – they’re community issues. From local companies and nonprofit organizations to government officials and civic leaders, everyone in the community has a role to play in getting educated and helping to spread the word about available resources. To help educate various stakeholders about this community issue, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) developed the Gambling and Health series, including guidebooks and factsheets that are designed to explain more about pathological gambling, provide resources available to refer to those who may need help and encourage responsible decisions when gambling. 

During this year’s Responsible Gaming Education Week, the NCRG is launching the first edition of the Gambling and Health series, titled “Gambling and Health in the Workplace.” Human resources (HR) and employee assistance (EA) professionals are often trained to help employees with addiction and other mental health issues, but are not always equipped with the knowledge and resources when it comes to pathological gambling. To help address this issue, the NCRG created this educational resource to help HR and EA managers learn about gambling disorders, encourage responsible decisions when gambling and understand practical ways to assist and refer individuals with gambling problems.

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NCRG on the Road at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Meeting in Boston

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 13, 2012

The NCRG on the Road blog series includes posts from NCRG staff members as they travel to continue the organization’s mission of funding the highest-quality research on gambling disorders and increasing public education opportunities. This post is from Nathan Smith, program officer for the NCRG, about his recent trip to Lynn, Mass.

On June 25, the entire NCRG staff was able to attend the fourth public educational forum on problem gambling hosted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). The MGC is in charge of regulating and licensing the new casinos in Massachusetts and convened several experts to speak about research on gambling disorders and provide recommendations on how to address this issue. I was pleased that the work of the NCRG was on display throughout the course of the meeting, including testimony from Christine Reilly, senior research director for the NCRG, and presentations from two NCRG board members and two NCRG-funded researchers.

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Upcoming NCRG Webinar to Focus on the Genetic and Environmental Factors of Youth Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 18, 2012

Registration is still open for the second session of the 2012 NCRG Webinar Series, taking place June 20, 2012, from 2 - 3 p.m. EST. The NCRG Webinar Series is a free, year-round educational program designed to help individuals better understand and address critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming – without having to leave their own home or office. Dr. Serena King, an assistant professor at Hamline University, will discuss her latest findings from an NCRG-funded study that examined the roles of genetics, environment and psychiatric disorders in the development of gambling disorders during the transition from youth to young adulthood.

To sign up for this free session, visit the NCRG’s upcoming webinar page and click the registration link.

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NCRG on the Road at the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse

by: NCRG Staff | Jun 14, 2012

The “NCRG on the Road” blog series includes posts from NCRG staff members as they travel to continue the organization’s mission of funding the highest-quality research on gambling disorders and increasing public education opportunities. This post is from Amy Martin, the NCRG’s communications and outreach manager, about her recent trip to the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse in Kansas City, Mo.

The NCRG’s staff and representatives have been collecting frequent flyer miles as we’ve traveled across the country, presenting at conferences and meeting with public health officials, gaming industry representatives, clinicians and business leaders. In previous posts, I talked about our trip to Denver, Colo., to tape the multi-media news release for CollegeGambling.org, as well as our trip to Miami, Fla., for the sixth Annual Education Summit. I packed my bags again for the opportunity to present at the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse from June 6 – 8. Dr. Serena King, an associate professor at Hamline University, also joined me to present her latest research findings, thanks to an Early Stage Investigator Grant from the NCRG.

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The NCRG’s Annual Education Summit is Traveling to Miami to Meet with Business, Academic and Public Health Leaders

by: NCRG Staff | Apr 25, 2012

The NCRG is on the road again, and we’re heading to Miami, Fla., for the 2012 Annual Education Summit! Each year, the NCRG travels to a new city to hold a series of events that gives the NCRG the opportunity to meet with clinicians, legislators, public health officials, business leaders, government officials, academics and gaming industry members. These meetings allow the NCRG to discuss the latest research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming and share the most up-to-date resources and tools that can help attendees in their community leadership positions.

The NCRG is pleased to announce that we will be visiting Miami, Fla., from April 30 to May 2. If you are located in South Florida, please feel free to register for any of our Summit events by contacting Amy Martin (amartin [at] ncrg [dot] org, 202-552-2689). All of the events are free for participants, and clinicians can also receive continuing education credits by attending the treatment provider workshop on May 2.

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The NCRG’s Impact on the Field of Research: 10,000 Citations and Counting

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 21, 2012

How does one measure the impact of research on a field of study and its implications on health care? The NCRG recently completed an analysis of its research grants to understand how the organization is helping to foster a better understanding of gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is one way to assess the quality of the research and measure impact on the field. Not only did the count of publications from NCRG-funded research surpass 200 articles, but an analysis using Google Scholar revealed that these publications have been cited more than 10,000 times in the scientific literature.

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Take the CollegeGambling.org Interactive Quiz and Test Your Knowledge of College Basketball and College Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 18, 2012

Did your favorite college men’s and women’s basketball teams make it through the first few rounds of the NCAA tournament? It’s that time of year when people around the nation are cheering for their favorite college hoops teams and may be placing bets on the games. Visit our March Madness interactive quiz on CollegeGambling.org while you’re watching the games to learn more about gambling and gambling issues on college campuses.

 

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