Announcing The 2011 NCRG Treatment Provider Workshop Series

A core mission of the NCRG is to encourage the application of new research findings to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies. One of the ways we are fulfilling that mission is to launch the NCRG Treatment Provider Workshop Series. This year, the NCRG will host five regional workshops this year that will allow treatment providers to better understand the most up-to-date research on gambling disorders and apply those findings to their clinical practice. Each training session will feature leading researchers and clinicians in the field of gambling disorders, and topics will range from screenings and assessments for pathological gambling to new manuals detailing behavioral treatment strategies.

Most sessions are free of charge and are open to all mental health clinicians, practitioners and researchers who would like to attend. Participants will receive between 1.5 and two continuing education units from our accrediting bodies, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Board for Certified Counselors and NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.

We officially launched the workshop series in Boston last month with a presentation of“Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Problem Gambling,”led by Dr. Lisa Najavits of Boston University School of Medicine. Our regional co-sponsors were theMassachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, and we had a great turnout for the training. We will post a recap of that workshop on Gambling Disorders 360˚ this week. We will continue

Everyone is welcome to register for the remaining 2011 NCRG Treatment Provider Workshop sessions:

Iowa City, Iowa –“Update on Gambling Disorders: Advanced Training on Predictors, Comorbidity and Course”

Date and Location:August 30, 2011, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Speaker:Dr. Donald Black, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Co-sponsor:Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Gambling Treatment Program

San Diego, Calif. – “Screening and Assessment of Pathological Gambling” **

Date and Location:September 20, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST, National Conference on Addictive Disorders
Speaker:Dr. Randy Stinchfield, University of Minnesota
Co-sponsor:NAADAC, The Association For Addiction Professionals
**This workshop is available to those who are registered for the National Conference on Addictive Disorders

Las Vegas, Nev. – “Overcoming Impulse Control – A Guide for Therapists”

Date and Location:October 1, 2011, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST, The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian
Speaker:Dr. Jon Grant, University of Minnesota
Co-sponsor:Nevada Council for Problem Gambling

Detroit, Mich. – “Brief Motivational Interventions for Problem Gambling”

Date and Location:October 21, 2011, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST, The Virtual Center for Excellence at the Guidance Center, Southgate Campus
Speaker:Dr. Matthew Martens, University of Missouri, Columbia
Co-sponsor:Neighborhood Service Organization, Michigan Association for Problem Gambling and the Virtual Center for Excellence, Detroit – Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency

For more information or to register for any of these workshops, contact Amy Martin, communications and outreach manager for the NCRG, atamartin@ncrg.orgor 202-552-2689. The NCRG also plans to host workshops in other cities in the years ahead. Those interested in hosting a workshop in their community should contact Amy Martin with additional information.

As always, we will be live-tweeting and placing photos on Facebook during the sessions so that everyone can stay connected. Make sure to follow to Gambling Disorders 360˚, @theNCRG on Twitter and the NCRG’s Facebook page for more information. Questions or comments? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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