ICRG VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

ICRG Virtual Conference on Gambling and Addiction

The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to scientific research on gambling disorder and evidence-based educational programming. The ICRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorder through the highest quality research and education. Nearly $40 million has been committed to the ICRG through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations, and individuals

The 21st ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), is the leading annual forum on gambling disorder and responsible gambling. This year’s event the ICRG community convened virtually through a series of webinars.

ICRG Virtual Conference on Gambling and Addiction Webinar Recordings

Addictive Behavior Relapse: Challenges in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder and How Mindfulness May be Helpful in Breaking the Relapse Cycle

October 21, 2020
Speaker: Katie Wittkiewitz, PhD, University of New Mexico

For this webinar, Katie Wittkiewitz, PhD, will review how approaches to conceptualizing and classifying mental disorders are evolving in the wake of evidence for the limitations of traditional approaches.  In this talk, she will review developments in this area of research, with an eye toward emerging approaches that have both scientific and clinical utility.  She will also describe how an empirical approach can enhance our understanding of problems related to gambling.

Recognizing Stigma Embedded in Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

September 29, 2020
Speaker: Robert Krueger, PhD, University of Minnesota

Approaches to conceptualizing and classifying mental disorders are evolving in the wake of evidence for the limitations of traditional approaches.  In this talk, I will review developments in this area of research, with an eye toward emerging approaches that have both scientific and clinical utility.  I will also describe how an empirical approach can enhance our understanding of problems related to gambling. 

Redefining Responsible Gambling for Today's Gaming Industry

September 15, 2020
Speakers: Cait DeBaun, Senior Director, Strategic Communications & Responsibility, American Gaming Association; David Forman, Senior Director, Research, American Gaming Association; Brianne Doura; Alan Feldman, Senior Advisor, MGM Resorts International; Kahlil Philander, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington State University

Earlier this year, the Responsible Gambling Collaborative released new principles to define a path forward for responsible and problem gambling efforts in the United States. This webinar, during Responsible Gaming Education Week, will define the six effectiveness principles, provided analysis of state-level RG and PG funding, and include a panel discussion on the future of responsible gambling in the U.S.

Culturally Adapting Evidence-based Treatments in Partnership with American Indians

August 11, 2020
Speaker: Kamilla Venner, PhD (Ahtna Athabascan), University of New Mexico

Many Indigenous communities are concerned with substance use (SU) problems and eager to advance effective solutions for their prevention and treatment. Yet these communities also are concerned about the perpetuation of colonizing, disorder-focused, stigmatizing approaches to mental health, and social narratives related to SU problems. Foundational principles of community psychology-ecological perspectives, empowerment, sociocultural competence, community inclusion and partnership, and reflective practice-provide useful frameworks for informing ethical community-based research pertaining to SU problems conducted with and by Indigenous communities. Dr. Venner will report on her research in this area.

New Strategies in Helping Families and Loved Ones Addressing Problem Gambling

July 14, 2020
Speaker: Lori Rugle, PhD

Families and loved ones living with the issue of problem gambling experience a broad range painful harms including financial, emotional, social and spiritual and are often left feeling shame and isolation.  They often do not know where to turn for help, support and understanding.  This webinar will focus on how the evidence-based treatments such as Community Reinforcement and Family Treatment and other behavioral family counseling strategies combine compassion-based, motivational and behavioral perspectives can be applied to those living with gambling disorder.

What People Do in 12-Step Programs that Mobilizes Change and Why

May 13, 2020

Dr. Tonigan will explore the active ingredients and mechanisms of change in 12-step programs, with an emphasis on what may translate to Gamblers Anonymous. 

Patterns of Daily Fantasy Sports Play: Implications for the Emerging US Sports Betting Market

June 18, 2020

Recent Federal legislative changes in the United States have led some states to liberalize gambling regulations to allow sports betting, with many more on the way. In response to these changes in the United States gambling landscape, researchers, policymakers and the general public have expressed concerns that this expansion could have adverse effects on public health. Though we have very little evidence about sports betting in the United States, primarily because of the newness of the market, there are lessons we can learn about what we might expect in this emerging market from the case of daily fantasy sports (DFS). DFS subscriber behavior can provide valuable information about population patterns, potential risk factors, and exposure and adaptation trends we might expect to see as sports betting becomes more accessible. This webinar reviews recent work examining the actual play patterns of subscribers to a large daily fantasy sports provider with a focus on how these findings might provide insight about what to expect in the emerging US sports betting market.  

If you have questions for the International Center for Responsible Gaming, please contact:

Christine Reilly
Senior Research Director, ICRG
978-338-6610

If you have questions about G2E Education,
please contact:

Korbi Carrison
Event Director,  G2E
203-840-5977