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Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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Finding Help | GameSense

If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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Robert Ladouceur | 2014 Speakers

Professeur Émérites, Université Laval de Québec

Québec City, Canada

Dr. Robert Ladouceur, professeur émérites at Laval University, developed a cognitive treatment for pathological gamblers that is now widely used around the world.

He has presented his work across the globe and has also presented at the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the presidential commission on gambling, on two occasions.

In 2003, he received the Senior Research Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming at Harvard University, and in 1996 he received the Research Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling, recognizing the high quality of his work.

Dr. Ladouceur has published 450 scientific papers, made 500 presentations and published five books. Most recently, he published a paper on responsible gambling called the Reno Model with Dr. Alex Blaszczynski from the University of Sydney and Dr. Howard Shaffer from Harvard University. His latest book, Overcoming Pathological Gambling: Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work), written with Stella Lachance, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

The Reno Model: 10 Years Later

Co–presented with Dr. Alex Blaszczynski

In 2004, three prominent researchers assembled to tackle an interesting challenge: how to reconcile the various approaches of major stakeholders interested in promoting more responsible approaches to gambling. The result was the development of a new framework for responsible gambling, commonly referred to as The Reno Model.

Ten years after the publication of A Science-Based Framework for Responsible Gambling: The Reno Model, Dr. Alex Blaszczynski and Dr. Robert Ladouceur will discuss how they (including Harvard medical school’s Dr. Howard Shaffer) came together to write the framework; what need did they feel they were addressing; what factors influenced the writing of the paper; and, how was it received by the various stakeholders? In addition, they will discuss their own perspectives on how the gambling industry has changed since The Reno Model was released, and what they see as the important emerging trends impacting continued development in the field of responsible gambling.

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A welcome message from BCLC's President & CEO

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