The NCRG’s Annual Education Summit Is Traveling To Miami To Meet With Business, Academic And Public Health Leaders

The NCRG is on the road again, and we’re heading to Miami, Fla., for the 2012 Annual Education Summit! Each year, the NCRG travels to a new city to hold a series of events that gives the NCRG the opportunity to meet with clinicians, legislators, public health officials, business leaders, government officials, academics and gaming industry members. These meetings allow the NCRG to discuss the latest research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming and share the most up-to-date resources and tools that can help attendees in their community leadership positions.

The NCRG is pleased to announce that we will be visiting Miami, Fla., from April 30 to May 2. If you are located in South Florida, please feel free to register for any of our Summit events by contacting Amy Martin (, 202-552-2689). All of the events are free for participants, and clinicians can also receive continuing education credits by attending the treatment provider workshop on May 2.

The 2012 Annual Education Summit events include:

Mental Health Community Leaders Meeting
Monday, April 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center

The NCRG and the Florida Council on Community Mental Health will co-host a roundtable discussion of how mental health experts can use research findings in their daily practice and how collaborative efforts can effectively address gambling disorders in their community. Speakers will include Alan Feldman, chairman of the NCRG and senior vice president of public affairs for MGM Resorts International; Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Gambling Disorders Clinic at Columbia University Medical Center; Ken Winters, Ph.D., member of the NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board and professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Research at the University of Minnesota; and Christine Reilly, senior research director for the NCRG.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – 1601 Biscayne Bay Blvd., Ray Goode Rider Conference Room

In partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the NCRG will co-host a luncheon presentation to discuss how the greater community can collaborate to address gambling disorders and responsible gaming across the state of Florida. Keynote speakers Mr. Feldman and Dr. Winters will discuss the latest advancements in the field of gambling research, resources offered by the NCRG and the importance of corporate social responsibility.

College Gambling Roundtable
Tuesday, May 1, 3:30 – 5 p.m. – University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center

Representatives from Miami-area colleges and universities will gather at the NCRG’s roundtable discussion to share resources and best practices on how to address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. Dr. Winters and Ms. Reilly will provide an overview of the NCRG’s newest resource,, and facilitate a discussion to find ways that the NCRG and participating colleges and universities can collaborate and strengthen education programs about college gambling.

Workshop for Treatment Providers
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. – noon; Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 6, Room 6100

To provide the most up-to-date research on gambling disorders and effective methods to screen clients, the NCRG and the Florida Psychological Association will co-host a free workshop for Florida clinicians, counselors and social workers. Dr. Winters will provide an overview of gambling disorders in both youth and adult populations and will discuss the screening and assessment strategies tailored to each group. Dr. Blanco will also give a brief update on the prevalence of and latest trends in gambling disorders among the Hispanic community.

To register for these events, please contact Amy Martin at 202-552-2689 We will be updating all of the NCRG’s social media channels during the events, so stay up-to-date by visiting the NCRG’s blog –Gambling Disorders 360°– and connect with the NCRG onFacebookandTwitter(#AES2012.

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