The 2012 NCRG Webinar Series Begins With A Look At Online Gambling

Registration is open for the first session of the2012 NCRG Webinar Series, the NCRG’s 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. The session, titled ‘Science vs. Myth: Research on Internet Gambling,’ will be held on March 6 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST. Dr. Sarah E. Nelson, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will lead this in-depth look at her latest research on gambling disorders and online gambling using analysis of actual betting transactions from Internet gamblers.

It has become conventional wisdom that Internet gambling is an especially risky behavior because of the factors of easy access and social isolation. Are these concerns based on speculation or scientific research? Dr. Nelson will address this question by reporting on the findings from a pioneering study of the actual wagering transactions of 40,000 online gamblers. Her latest findings reflect actual gambling behavior patterns, and the webinar will give participants a deeper look at the characteristics of people who have gambled online.

Participants can earn up to one hour of continuing education credit from ouraccrediting organizations: NAADAC, the National Board for Certified Counselors and the California Board for Behavioral Sciences. The NCRG is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The NCRG maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Register todayfor the free webinar, and pass along the registration information to interested counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and colleagues. Have a question for Dr. Nelson regarding online gambling and gambling disorders? Leave your questions in the comment section below, and the NCRG blog team will report her answers! Also, keep watching for more information on upcoming sessions in the 2012 NCRG Webinar Series.

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