It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2016 Durand Jacobs Award is Halley Pontes for his paper entitled “The Conceptualisation and Measurement of DSM-5 Internet Gaming Disorder: The Development of the IGD-20 Test.” The Durand Jacobs Award recognizes outstanding work related to the psychology of addictive behaviors, and is dedicated to the late Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong efforts to help mentor students. Congratulations on behalf of all of us at our Centre!
At the 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking, Dr. Derevensky participated in a “Mock” trial concerning whether daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites should be regulated under existing gaming laws. Michigan gaming attorney Robert Stocker presented information that the answer to this question is “yes” while Jennifer Roberts, an adjunct professor at UNLV was assigned the task of arguing that existing laws should not be applied to DFS. Dr. Derevensky provided testimony surrounding the needs to safeguard the public and particularly youth while Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, indicated that his organization has created guidelines to minimize the risks associated with DFS.
The complete article in the Las Vegas Sun can be found here:
In the months of March and April, Centre staff delivered gambling prevention workshops at local elementary and high schools.
Once again, our Centre participated in the Partners in Prevention initiative, a collaborative partnership between the Lester B. Pearson School Board of Montreal (the largest English-language school board in Quebec) and Portage Adolescent Residential Rehabilitation Center (substance abuse rehabilitation center), Montreal Urban Police (SPVM), Risk within Reason, Pavillion Foster (substance abuse rehabilitation center), the Quebec Lung Association and the International Centre for Youth Gambling. Annually, the Partners host events aimed at Grade 5 and 6 students and their parents to promote healthy choices in an attempt to minimize adolescent risky behaviours and mitigate some concerns related to high school entrance. Our team participated in 3 evening presentations of the “Amazing Prevention Adventure” hosting an interactive station.
During this fun event, participants were divided into small groups and each group circulated through the partner stations every 15 minutes. For this event, the YGI team used our Gambling Jeopardy-style game. During play, in our booth, the children were divided into 2 teams and competed to answer gambling-related questions in categories such as Fact vs. Myth, Everyone Knows That, Against All Odds and Wild Card. The game format permits us to disseminate information and take home messages in a fun and engaging manner. We received tremendously positive feedback from the parents, children and organizers attending the event who commented that our game was innovative, interactive and fun.
We are honored to work with our tremendous partners who share a common goal of information dissemination and promote the importance of early prevention initiatives.
On March 8, 2016, the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are launching a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative. The Division is helping the Cambridge Health Alliance launch a pilot screening program at its Outpatient Addiction Service, Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as other organizations in Massachusetts and across the nation.
We picked this date because March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Brief screening for Gambling Disorder is an essential part of increasing awareness and helping people who have gambling problems.
Download our screening toolkit materials to host a screening day at your organization here:
New Horizons Returns to Vancouver in 2016 to Unite Industry’s Top Specialists and Innovators
Returning for its fourth year, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) will once again again host the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference in Vancouver, B.C on February 1-3, 2016. Recognized as one of the most highly regarded conferences of its kind in North America, New Horizons brings together a global audience of top specialists and innovators from across the responsible gambling spectrum.
Throughout the three-day event, the conference will engage academics, students, leaders and industry professionals in discussions around the recent breakthroughs and research being made in responsible gambling practices, across various disciplines.
A total of 34 guest speakers will cover off an array of responsible gambling topics including esports, financial literacy and informed choice for lottery players, new responsible gambling tools and technology, and win limits. This year, New Horizon’s will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Carl Hart, renowned Neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. As a noted neuropsychopharamacologist, Dr. Hart will be presenting the keynote address on what we have learned from drugs and addiction and how we can apply those lessons to gambling.
Other featured speakers include Laura Moore, and her breakout session on The Informed Player Opportunity, which will discuss research into the lottery player mindset, offering practical guidance on when players are most open to game information. As well, Dr. Ingo Fiedler will present on The Convergence of Gaming and Gambling, demonstrating the similarities and differences between gaming and gambling business models and how they converge. A complete list of speakers and topics is available at horizonsrg.bclc.com.
New this year, New Horizons will be organizing some exciting new features including an updated version of the New Horizons app that harvests key presentation points, and has been redesigned to allow delegates to network as they discuss presentation highlights and continue the conversation on responsible gambling. Other new features will also include the redesigned lounge, equipped with an expanded resource center, and enhanced relaxation and interactive offerings.
The 2015 Holiday Campaign is in full swing!!
The Holiday season is approaching quickly and we are beginning another year of our annual corporate social responsibility Holiday Campaign. This will mark the eighth year that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) have partnered with lotteries in North America and around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children. This widely supported corporate social responsibility campaign is endorsed by the European Lotteries Association (EL) and NASPL.
Research shows that the majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use. Last year, 38 lottery organizations worldwide formally participated in this initiative. We hope 2015 will be the best campaign to date!
Fantasy Sports is a booming industry that is experiencing exponential growth with upwards of 40 million players in North America. In a Fantasy Sports league, participants use statistics and other information available for actual players in professional sports to draft players to form “fantasy” teams. Research has shown that both gambling and fantasy games share some similar characteristics. Like other forms of gambling, fantasy sports often result in possible monetary loss or gain. There are entry fees, as well as, fees for trades and acquisitions. The average Fantasy Sports player spends upwards of $400 per year on this pastime. While many individuals view fantasy sports leagues as social forms of entertainment, a new industry with few regulatory guidelines has emerged. With the unprecedented growth of this new sports industry, it is important for researchers, clinicians and legislators to closely monitor new developments.