National Council on Problem Gambling

2017 Awards Nominations

Each year the National Council on Problem Gambling honors individuals and organizations for their work on problem gambling issues.  The process is overseen by the NCPG Awards Committee.  Please note the NCPG awards have undergone many changes over the past four decades, so the current criteria do not necessarily apply to previous awards.

Award winners are selected based on the merits of the nomination materials. It is extremely important that your submission(s) for nomination(s) be complete. Since members of the awards committee may not be familiar with your nominee, it is vital that your nomination materials provide detailed information regarding the justification for the award. This information should include specific examples, verification of facts, letters of support, and any other items necessary to make your case. A poorly crafted or incomplete nomination may cost your candidate the award. The Awards Committee reserves the right to solicit additional information regarding nominees at any time.

Nominations for some Annual Awards will be charged an entry fee (see award descriptions below). Each award nomination submitted by a NCPG Individual or Affiliate Member will be assessed a fee of $20 per submitted nomination, and nominations submitted by a Corporate/Organizational Member will be assessed a fee of $90 per submitted nomination.

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Nomination deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017, 5:00 PM EST

 

DESCRIPTIONS:

Lifetime Awards

Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy: Given in recognition of career dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, research, training, or the promotion of public awareness. The Advocacy Award is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of advocacy on behalf of problem gamblers. [No Entry Fee]

Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service: is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families.  Direct services is defined as prevention, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities.  Named after the problem gambling pioneer Dr. Robert Custer, the Custer Award for Service is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of service on behalf of problem gamblers. [No Entry Fee]

Lifetime Research Award: is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research to assist problem gamblers and their families.  Research is defined as the deliberate scientific study which fosters assistance to problem gamblers, families, and the prevention of problem gambling.  This award for research is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of treatment on behalf of problem gamblers. [No Entry Fee]

Annual Awards

Don Hulen Annual Award for Advocacy: given annually to recognize dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, training, or the promotion of public awareness. [No Entry Fee]

Joanna Franklin Annual Award for Direct Service: given annually to recognize achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families.  Direct services are defined as prevention, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities. [No Entry Fee]

Jim Wuelfing Annual Award for Prevention: Outstanding annual achievement in advocacy, development, integration, outreach, research or training in the area of prevention of problem gambling. [No Entry Fee]

Service Award: An award given in recognition of extraordinary volunteer contributions to the NCPG over the course of the past year by an NCPG member. [No Entry Fee]

Corporate Social Responsibility Award:  An award given to an organization that a demonstrated outstanding commitment to social responsibility as it relates to problem gambling in the past year.

Media Award: Outstanding news reporting by a news organization in the past year in any format that has best covered problem/pathological gambling issues.

Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign Award: For the best material prepared by a lottery in support of the holiday campaign.

Affiliate Multi-Cultural Communications Award and Corporate Multi-Cultural Communications Award: most effective multi-cultural outreach program using integrated communication channels.

Affiliate Website Award and Corporate Website Award: Outstanding websites that have best raised public awareness of problem/pathological gambling.

Affiliate People’s Choice Award and Corporate People’s Choice Award: The most popular print public awareness messages to be voted on by the attendees at the National Council on Problem Gambling conference.

Affiliate Public Awareness Award and Corporate Public Awareness Award: Outstanding TV or radio public awareness messages in the past year.

Affiliate Newsletter Award and Corporate Newsletter Award: For outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter issues in the past year.

Annual Research Award: The best original peer-reviewed research article on problem and pathological gambling published within the past year. The research must contribute substantially to the understanding of this disorder. The criteria include the impact, quality and relevance to gamblers and their families.

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award: for the outstanding graduate master’s thesis in the area of problem gambling. The award will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Master’s Thesis that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior. [No Entry Fee]

Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award: for the outstanding graduate doctoral dissertation award in the area of problem gambling. The award will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Doctoral Dissertation that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior. [No Entry Fee]

AWARDS COMMITTEE:

  1. The chair of the awards committee will be selected by the NCPG Board.
  2. Members of the awards committee will be nominated by the NCPG staff and the Board of Directors.
  3. All committee chairs shall agree to serve as members of the awards committee.

 

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION:

General Information:  All nominations for awards must meet individual criteria to be considered.

Nominators must be an NCPG Member: an individual member (any category, including joint members); an Organizational Representative or Organizational Co-Member; or Affiliate Representative or Affiliate Peer Member. Nomination eligibility runs from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. The eligibility period for submitting any nomination that either does not meet criteria, is incomplete or received after due date for nominations may not be considered.

All nominations must be submitted online, e-mailed, faxed or postmarked by the due date.  Materials that are required to be included with the nomination must also be submitted online, e-mailed, faxed or postmarked by the designated date.  Nominations must be received in the designated format to be considered.  The Awards Committee reserves the right to solicit additional information regarding nominees at any time.

Nominations for some Annual Awards will be charged an entry fee (see award descriptions above). Each award nomination submitted by a NCPG Individual or Affiliate Member will be assessed a fee of $20 per submitted nomination, and nominations submitted by a Corporate Member will be assessed a fee of $90 per submitted nomination.

Award winners are selected based on the information supplied in the nomination materials.  It is extremely important that submission(s) for nomination(s) be complete.  Since members of the awards committee may not be familiar with a nominee, it is vital nomination materials provide adequate information regarding the justification for the award.  This information should include specific examples, verification of facts, letters of support, and any other items necessary to make your case.  A poorly crafted or incomplete nomination may result in another candidate receiving the award.

AWARDS CRITERIA:

Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy [No Entry Fee]: Given in recognition of career dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, research, training, or the promotion of public awareness. The Advocacy Award is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of advocacy on behalf of problem gamblers.

Criteria:

  • The individual nominee must have a minimum of twenty (20) years of documented advocacy on behalf of problem gamblers and their families. The NCPG Awards Committee may, under very rare and exceptional circumstances, recommend exceptions to this requirement.
  • The individual nominee has demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  • The individual nominee’s twenty years of advocacy must be verified by three or more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication, and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling. A minimum of one of the three or more letters of recommendation and verification must be received from a member of the NCPG Board of Directors.
  • Previous recipients of the Msr. Dunne Award will conduct the initial review of the applicants, and will make a recommendation to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee shall then determine the best candidate and make one recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  • The individual nominee selected by the Awards Committee must receive the support by electronic ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all Board of Directors. A maximum of one Msr. Dunne Award winner shall be awarded in any given year.
  • The individual selected for the Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy will be invited to make a special presentation at the next NCPG Annual Conference. This presentation is designed to further honor and highlight the lifetime contribution of the award recipient.

Lifetime Research Award [No Entry Fee]: is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research to assist problem gamblers and their families.  Research is defined as the deliberate scientific study which fosters assistance to problem gamblers, families, and the prevention of problem gambling.  This award for research is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of treatment on behalf of problem gamblers.

Criteria:

  • The individual nominee(s) must have a minimum of twenty (20) years of documented research leading to increased understanding of problem gambling. The NCPG Awards Committee may, under very rare and exceptional circumstances, recommend exceptions to the length of service requirement for this award.
  • The individual nominee(s) must have demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  • The individual nominee’s twenty years of research work must be verified by three of more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication, and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling.  A minimum of one of the three or more letters of recommendation and verification must be received from a member of the NCPG Board of directors.
  • The Awards Committee will verify that candidate/candidates meet required criteria and forward the nominations to the Research Subcommittee.
  • The Research Subcommittee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the Awards Committee.
  • The Awards Committee will send their recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  • The individual nominee selected by the Awards Committee must receive the support by electronic ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all Board of Directors. A maximum of one Research Award shall be awarded to one individual on any given year.
  • The individual selected for the Lifetime Research Award will be invited to make a special presentation at the next NCPG Annual Conference. This presentation is designed to further honor and highlight the lifetime contribution of the award recipient.

Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service [No Entry Fee]: is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families.  Direct services is defined as prevention, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities.  Named after the problem gambling pioneer Dr. Robert Custer, the Custer Award for Service is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of service on behalf of problem gamblers.

Criteria:

  • The individual nominee(s) must have a minimum of twenty (20) years of documented work that has directly impacted problem gamblers and their families. This includes, but is not limited to, counseling, helpline, crisis management, case management, and financial management.  The NCPG Awards Committee may, under very rare and exceptional circumstances, recommend exceptions to the length of service requirement for this award.
  • The individual nominee(s) must have demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  • The individual nominee’s twenty years of treatment work must be verified by three or more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication, and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling.  A minimum of one of the three or more letters of recommendation and verification must be received from a member of the NCPG Board of directors.
  • Previous recipients of the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service will conduct the initial review of the applicants, and will make a recommendation to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee shall then determine the best candidate and make one recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  • The individual nominee selected by the Awards Committee must receive the support by electronic ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all Board of Directors. A maximum of one Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service winner shall be awarded in any given year.
  • The individual selected for the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service will be invited to make a special presentation at the next NCPG Annual Conference of his/her choice. This presentation is designed to further honor and highlight the lifetime contribution of the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service recipient.

In the event that recipients are chosen for each of the NCPG Lifetime Research Award, the Herman Goldman Award for Advocacy, and the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service in the same year, each of the three recipients will be invited to participate in a panel presentation at the next NCPG Annual Conference, in lieu of individual presentations.

ANNUAL AWARDS:

Don Hulen Annual Award for Advocacy [No Entry Fee]: given annually to recognize dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, training, or the promotion of public awareness.

Criteria:

  1. At least one year of documented advocacy work that has directly impacted problem gamblers and their families.  This includes, but is not limited to, advocacy, research, training, or the promotion of public awareness.
  2. The individual nominee’s advocacy work must be verified by one or more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication,  and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling.

Joanna Franklin Annual Award for Direct Service [No Entry Fee]: given annually to recognize achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families.  Direct services are defined as prevention, training, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities.

Criteria:

  1. At least one year of documented treatment work that has directly impacted problem gamblers and their families.  This includes, but is not limited to, counseling, counselor training, helpline, crisis management, case management, and financial management.
  2. The individual nominee’s treatment work must be verified by one or more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication,  and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling.

Jim Wuelfing Annual Award for Prevention [No Entry Fee]: Outstanding annual achievement in advocacy, development, integration, outreach, research or training in the area of prevention of problem gambling.

Criteria:

  1. Nominees must meet at least one of the following:
    1. Consistent advocating for the inclusion of prevention in the full continuum of problem gambling services
    2. Development of effective prevention of problem gambling programming
    3. Integration of prevention research into prevention of problem gambling efforts
    4. Emphasis on reaching out to high risk groups and underserved populations
    5. Collegiality with others in advancing prevention of problem gambling efforts
    6. Adding to the body of knowledge of prevention of problem gambling through research and publications
    7. Adding to the professional development of others through training and curriculum development

Annual Research Award: The best original peer-reviewed research article on problem and pathological gambling published within the past year. The research must contribute substantially to the understanding of this disorder. The criteria include the impact, quality and relevance to gamblers and their families.

Criteria:

  1. At least one article published in a peer-reviewed journal within the past year on problem gambling issues.
  2. The individual nominee’s research work must be verified by one or more letters of recommendation that specifically delineate the nominee’s competency, length of service, dedication,  and his/her local, regional or national impact on problem gambling.

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award [No Entry Fee]: for the outstanding graduate master’s thesis in the area of problem gambling. The award will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Master’s Thesis that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior.

Criteria:

  1. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  2. TWO letters of support from members of the student’s committee
  3. A Maximum 10 page executive summary of the research inclusive of the following sections:
    1. A 250 word abstract
    2. BRIEF summary of background introduction
    3. Statement of hypotheses/purpose of research
    4. description of population, study procedures, data analysis methodology
    5. Results and Discussion
  4. One copy of the complete thesis or dissertation should also be included.

Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award [No Entry Fee]: for the outstanding graduate doctoral dissertation award in the area of problem gambling. The award will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Doctoral Dissertation that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior.

Criteria:

1   Nominee’s curriculum vitae

  1. TWO letters of support from members of the student’s committee
  2. A Maximum 10 page executive summary of the research inclusive of the following sections:
    1. A 250 word abstract
    2. BRIEF summary of background introduction
    3. Statement of hypotheses/purpose of research
    4. description of population, study procedures, data analysis methodology
    5. Results and Discussion

4. One copy of the complete thesis or dissertation should also be included.

Service Award [No Entry Fee]: An award given in recognition of extraordinary volunteer contributions to the NCPG over the course of the past year by an NCPG member.

Criteria:

  • Documentation of the contributions made by the nominee
  • Current members of the NCPG Board of Directors are not eligible for this award

Media Award: Outstanding news reporting by a news organization in the past year in any communications channel that has best covered problem/pathological gambling issues.

Criteria:

  • Reporting must increase public knowledge of problem/pathological gambling.
  • Name and date of the media source and article must accompany all nominations.
  • The report must be original and not a reprint/rebroadcast of previous article.
  • A copy of an article appearing in print must accompany the nomination along with the date and place where the article was published. Broadcast reporting should be accompanied with a copy of the broadcast on DVD or CD, a transcript of the story, a link to a web site containing the story, or if none of the preceding items are available, a detailed summary of the story.  If the article or broadcast is not in English, a translation or detailed English-language summary should be provided.
  • Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact. Local, regional or national reports shall be given equal weight and shall be judged based on impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign Award: For the best material prepared by a lottery in support of the holiday campaign.

Criteria:

  1. Submit two original printed copies (or photo in the case of a billboard or other large medium) and (if possible) an electronic copy.  If the nomination is for a TV or radio ad, include a copy of the ad on DVD.
  2. Limit one submission per organization.
  3. Eligible materials include materials in any medium (print, web, radio, TV) specifically developed to promote responsible purchase of lottery products during the holiday season.
  4. Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact.  Local, regional or national campaigns shall be given equal weight and shall be judged based on impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award:  An award given to an organization that has  demonstrated outstanding commitment to social responsibility as it relates to problem gambling in the past year.

Criteria:

  • Organizations must provide information on their groundbreaking legislation, funding, research, organization, etc in their state.
  • Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact. Local, regional or national reports shall be given equal weight and shall be judged based on impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

CORPORATE/AFFILIATE AWARDS:

NOTE: Each of the following awards will have two separate categories:

  • CORPORATE: NCPG members from the gambling industry will be eligible for these awards.
  • AFFILIATE: NCPG affiliates will be eligible for these awards.

Separate awards will be given in both the CORPORATE and AFFILIATE category for each of these awards.

Up to three finalists will be named in each category. Each non-winning finalist will receive a certificate for their achievement. Only finalists will be announced during the conference awards presentation.

Affiliate Public Awareness Award and Corporate Public Awareness Award: Outstanding public awareness message in the past year via any communications channel.

  1. Reporting must increase public knowledge of problem/pathological gambling.
  2. The nomination must include the name of the sponsor of the message, the advertising agency or other creative consultant responsible for content and production (if any), the date the message first aired, and a copy of the message on DVD or CD. Documentation of the extent of the distribution of the message is encouraged but not required.
  3. Name and date of the media source and article must accompany all nominations.
  4. The report must be original and not a reprint/rebroadcast of previous article.
  5. A copy of an article appearing in print must accompany the nomination along with the date and place where the article was published. Broadcast reporting should be accompanied with a copy of the broadcast on DVD or CD, a transcript of the story, a link to a web site containing the story, or if none of the preceding items are available, a detailed summary of the story.  If the article or broadcast is not in English, a translation or detailed English-language summary should be provided.
  6. Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact. Local, regional or national reports shall be given equal weight and shall be judged based on impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

Affiliate Website Award and Corporate Website Award: Outstanding website that has best raised public awareness of problem/pathological gambling.

Criteria:

  1. Nominations must identify the owner of the website and include a link to the website.
  2. Nominees will be judged based on the breadth of impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

Affiliate Multi-Cultural Communications Award and Corporate Multi-Cultural Communications Award: most effective multi-cultural outreach program using integrated communication channels.

Criteria:

  1. Nominations should include detailed description of the program.
  2. Nominees will be judged based on the breadth of impact, innovation, and ability to reach multi-cultural gamblers and their families.
  3. Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact. Results should be included wherever possible and can include # of calls, website hits, media weights, click through rates, media hits and the like. Supporting research statistics should also be included if available.

Affiliate People’s Choice Award and Corporate People’s Choice Award: The most popular print public awareness message to be  voted on by the attendees at the National Council on Problem Gambling conference.

Criteria:

  1. Submit two original printed copies (or photo in the case of a billboard or other large medium) and (if possible) an electronic copy
  2. Limit one submission per organization.
  3. Eligible materials include any problem gambling/responsible gaming public service or paid advertising that was printed on a poster, flyer, newspaper, magazine, billboard, or other medium.
  4. Recipients will be judged based on the breadth of impact.  Local, regional or national messages shall be given equal weight and shall be judged based on impact, quality, and ability to reach gamblers and their families.

Affiliate Newsletter Award and Corporate Newsletter Award: An award for an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter issue in the past year.

1:  The nomination must include a copy of the newsletter in either print or electronic form along with identification of the organization producing the newsletter and information about distribution and readership.

The NCPG Communications Committee reviews the Media, Website, Public Awareness and Newsletter award nominations (with the exception of the People’s Choice award) and recommends a recipient to the Awards Committee.