NCRG Launches Regional Educational Training Series For Mental Health, Addiction Treatment Providers

Workshops will give clinicians research updates, treatment strategies related to gambling disorders and addictions

Aug 29, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) today announced that it will host six 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 clinica​l 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 will offer between 1.5 and two continuing education hours for attendees.

“A core mission of the NCRG is to encourage the application of new research findings to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies – and the NCRG Treatment Provider Workshop Series does just that,” said Glenn Christenson, chairman of the NCRG. “We are pleased to be a resource for clinicians and to bring them face-to-face with researchers who can help translate their findings into practical real-world strategies for treatment providers and their clients.”

The 2011 NCRG Treatment Provider Workshop Series started with a July 26 session, titled “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Problem Gambling,” that was led by Dr. Lisa Najavits from the Boston University School of Medicine and co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Remaining sessions include:

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

Date and Location:August 30, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST, University of Iowa North Hall, Room 103

Speaker:Dr. Donald Black, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Co-sponsor:Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, Iowa Department of Public Health


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

Cost:$550; This session is a part of the National Conference on Addictive Disorders. For registration information, please visit theNational Conference on Addictive Disorders website.

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

Date and Location:October 1, 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


Las Vegas, Nev. – “Motivational Interviewing for Clients with Gambling Problems”

Date and Location:October 2, 10:00 a.m. – noon PST, The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian

Speaker:Dr. David C. Hodgins, University of Calgary

Cost:This session is a pre-conference training for the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. For registration information, please visit theNCRG Conference registration website.

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

Date and Location:October 25, 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-sponsors:Neighborhood Service Organization, Michigan Association for Problem Gambling and the Virtual Center for Excellence, Detroit – Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency


The NCRG plans to host workshops in other cities in the years ahead. Those interested in hosting a workshop in their community should contact NCRG communications and outreach manager Amy Martin at or 202-552-2689. For more information on the NCRG’s educational initiatives, visit To stay up-to-date on year-round educational opportunities and the latest news and issues in the field, visit the NCRG’s blog –Gambling Disorders 360°– and connect with the NCRG onFacebookandTwitter.