NCRG Conference

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding scientific research and education that will help increase understanding of gambling disorder and find effective methods of prevention and treatment for the disorder. More than $27 million has been committed to the NCRG through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations and individuals

The 20th NCRG Conferene on Gambling and Addiction, in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), , the preeminent annual forum on gambling disorder and responsible gambling. Healthcare providers, researchers, public health professionals, gaming regulators and gaming industry professionals will convene in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 13 and 14 at the Sands Expo, to learn about the latest research on gambling disorders and new responsible gambling strategies while exchanging ideas with attendees from all over the world.

Featuring one of the most diverse audiences of all gambling conferences, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction strives to meet the varied needs and interests of all attendees by offering the following:

  • Talks by the leading innovators in the field of addiction and gambling disorder
  • A special track designed to help regulators and the gaming industry develop safe and effective responsible gambling programs and regulations
  • Up to 14 continuing education hours approved by NAADAC, NBCC, APA and other certifying agencies for healthcare providers
  • A poster session providing researchers and students the opportunity to showcase their new research on gambling disorder

NCRG Webinar Series

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Practice Guidelines for Treating Gambling-related Problems: An Evidence-based Treatment Guide for Clinicians

Evidence-based practice guidelines rest upon research, clinical expertise and patient characteristics. This presentation will cover what this means for treating gambling-related problems. Using evidence from a recent empirical review of the literature, Dr. LaPlante will review treatment approaches that have high quality, developing, and limited empirical evidence supporting their efficacy. This presentation will provide information about the tools and strategies that research indicates are most likely to work, areas in need of additional scientific consideration and the implications for people with gambling-related problems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe recent research related to the empirical assessment of strategies for treating gambling-related problems
  • Identify strategies that have high quality, developing, and limited strength of evidence


  • Debi LaPlante, PhD, is director of the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School (HMS) teaching hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at HMS. She helped develop the Syndrome Model of Addiction and has conducted numerous research projects on responsible gambling.

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Military Veterans and Gambling Problems: Research Perspectives

Recent research indicates that military veterans have a higher rate of gambling disorder than the adult general public. This webinar highlights new research on gambling problems among veterans.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify one finding from research veterans in treatment for gambling disorder
  • Explain why veterans are vulnerable to developing a gambling disorder


  • Dr. Shane W. Kraus is a clinical psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Joshua Grubbs is assistant professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University

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I Love a Good Clinical Handout! The Neurobiology of Gambling Disorder

“Why do people keep gambling even when it isn’t fun?” “Why is it hard to say ‘no’ to a gambling urge?” As a counselor, how do you answer when a client asks these questions? This webinar will describe a partnership between problem gambling researchers and counselors to develop a series of clinical handouts for use in counseling sessions. Using findings from current neurobiological research, these tools answer five frequently asked questions about the brain and gambling disorder. The webinar will describe the process of developing the clinical handouts and how they can be used effectively in treatment sessions.


  • Iris Balodis, PhD, is assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Deirdre Querney, MSW, CPGC, CCAC, is a registered social worker and certified problem gambling counselor with the City of Hamilton’s Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services in Ontario, Canada. She is also a part-time instructor with the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education in the Professional Addictions Studies Program.
  • If you have questions for the National Center for Responsible Gaming, please contact:

    Christine Reilly
    Senior Research Director
    National Center for Responsible Gaming
    F: 978-522-8452

  • If you have questions about access to the NCRG Webinars, please contact:

    Mary Parks
    Education Program
    Reed Exhibitions

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