The 2018 Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico’s 22nd annual problem gambling conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm each day. The event will be at Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque.

This year’s conference title is “Empowering Treatment with New Research Findings”. Registration is expected to open in early May and will close on July 6th or when the capacity of 500 people has been reached. If you did not attend in 2017 or you have a new email, you will be prompted to create a new account; otherwise, the same registration process will be in place for 2018.

The conference will provide 14 CEU credits for counselors and social workers’ ongoing education, of which 6 are ethics credits. The fee for the conference has always been kept very low, and has remained the same for the past few years so that many behavioral health professionals and the general public can attend. The $75 registration fee covers all the sessions and materials, as well as continental breakfast and lunch both days. A discounted $65 “early bird” fee is available through June 1st. Past conference attendees will receive an email when registration opens as a reminder.

Read the full 2018 information here.

Register for 2017 Conference

The 2017 Problem Gambling Conference will be held August 3-4, 2017 at Isleta Resort and Casino. For complete information on the conference, click here. Please read all the information before registering. If you attended in 2016 AND have the SAME email address, you should be able to log in to your account, select the 2017 conference, and pay via PayPal. If you did not attend in 2016 OR you have a NEW email, you will need to create a new account. Thank you for your interest in the 21st annual Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico conference on addiction treatment and problem gambling.

Registration extended to July 18th

The 2016 Problem Gambling Conference will be held August 4-5, 2016 at Isleta Resort and Casino. For complete information on the conference, click here. Once registration opens, you will find buttons on that page that will create your account, register you for the conference, and allow you to pay. Thank you for your interest in the 20th annual Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico conference on addiction treatment and problem gambling.

In July 2014, a group of representatives from the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico attended the 28th annual conference sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gaming. 2014 marked the first year that the New Mexico representatives from the Association were asked to provided a presentation for other advocates for responsible gaming from around the nation, who all gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the event.

During the two day conference, representatives from New Mexico delivered a presentation titled “Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico- Casinos in Action”. Included in the presentation was RGANM’s documentary, which you can watch here.

The group was asked to give a presentation on the collaborative efforts of the state’s Native casinos, who organized the association in 1994 as tribal casinos began forming plans for gaming. It is thought that New Mexico is the only state with such an association; other states’ handle responsible gaming activities and outreach through each individual casino property.

The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico’s 2013 annual conference on problem gambling will include nationally and internationally recognized speakers on addiction treatment. This year’s speakers will focus on “Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Implications for the Treatment of Gambling Addiction”. The annual event will be August 15-16, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the Isleta Resort and Casino’s conference center.

During the past 16 years, over 5,000 New Mexico counselors and social workers have attended the conference. This year, more than 450 treatment providers are expected to attend and will hear from the following speakers.

Dr. Philip J. Flores, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively for the past 30 years in the area of addictive disorders and group psychotherapy. Dr. Flores’ latest book, Addiction as an Attachment Disorder, was the 2005 Gradiva Award Winner issued by The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Flores run several outpatient psychotherapy groups each week in his private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Una McCluskey Ph.D. is a freelance consultant in the field of human relations and a part-time senior research fellow at the University of York, York, England. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the European Association of Psychotherapy. Her book, ‘To be Met as a Person: The Dynamics of Attachment in Therapeutic Encounters’, has attracted a lot of interest in both the research and clinical community. In 2009, she co-authored ‘Attachment Therapy for Adolescents and Adults: Theory and Practice Post Bowlby’, and has published numerous articles in the field of couples, family and group psychotherapy.

Alex Katehakis, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist. She has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality from sexual addiction to problems of sexual desire and sexual dysfunction for individuals and couples. She is the author of Erotic Intelligence – Igniting Hot Healthy Sex While in Recovery from Sex Addiction. Ms. Katehakis is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in West Los Angeles.

Sandra Spurlock, LMFT, NCGC-I is a licensed marital and family therapist and a certified gambling counselor in New Mexico. She has practiced with The Evolution Group, Inc. in Albuquerque since 2005. Among her areas of focus are women’s addiction treatment approaches, trauma informed therapies, and supervision. She has presented at conferences both in the State of New Mexico and nationally.

Eleven CEUs, including six units dedicated to ethics training, are available for counselors and social workers’ ongoing education. Scholarships for students in college-level classes will allow several future behavioral health providers to attend.

For more information about the conference, contact Gabriela Gutierrez of the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico, at

The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico also funds ongoing education about the signs of problem gambling and how to get help. The group provides funding for the state’s toll-free telephone helpline (800-572-1142); funds gambling treatment programs, ongoing training of casino employees to identify problem gamblers, and education about responsible gaming.

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