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National Council on Problem Gambling
Annual Awards

Each year, the National Council on Problem Gambling recognizes outstanding individual and organizational contributions for work that advances the Council’s mission. We are pleased to announce the 2016 awards program, and to note that it has been expanded to recognize the evolving nature of our work. The program now includes awards for social media and multi-cultural outreach as well new criteria for many of the award categories. While the NCPG Awards Committee oversees the nomination process, the awards really represent a unique opportunity for you to publicly honor your mentors, colleagues, and peers.

The awards program is comprised of several broad categories and includes both annual and lifetime awards. Categories include service, advocacy, prevention and research. Additionally there are several awards for communications and programs. The link below provides you with detailed descriptions for each award and the associated criteria for nominations. Based on the breadth and scope of work we have seen in the past year, we anticipate a very robust and competitive field of nominees.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions and to celebrating all the nominees at the 30th National Conference on Problem Gambling.


Entries are now closed. Stay tuned for the next awards season and peruse our previous winners’ work!
To prepare for the next time we open awards, view the criteria below.


AWARD CATEGORIES

Click on the award title for award descriptions and nomination criteria.

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.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime Research Award: is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research field 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 research on problem gambling.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Communications Awards:

  • Media Award: Outstanding news reporting by a news organization in the past year in any format that has best covered problem/pathological gambling issues.
  • Newsletter Award: An award for an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter issue in the past year.
  • Website Award: Most effective website designed to raise awareness of problem gambling and/or problem gambling resources
  • Social Media Award: Most effective use of social media to raise awareness of problem gambling and/or problem gambling resources
  • People’s Choice Award: The most popular print public awareness message as voted on by the attendees at the National Council on Problem Gambling conference.
  • Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign Award: For the most effective campaign supporting the NCPG holiday campaign.
  • Public Awareness Award: Most effective public awareness message in the past year using any combination of television, radio, digital, print or alternative media
  • Multi-Cultural Communications Award: most effective multi-cultural outreach program using integrated communication channels.

Research Awards:

  • 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.
  • 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.

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION:

General Information:  Nomination eligibility runs from May 1, 2015 through May 13, 2016. All nominations for awards must meet individual criteria to be considered. The eligibility period for submitting any nomination that either does not meet criteria, is incomplete or received after due date for nominations will not be considered.  All nominations must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked by the due date.  Materials that are required to be included with the nomination must also be 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.

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 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.

The NCPG Awards Committee oversees the awards process 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.


 

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.

Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The individual nominee has demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  3. 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.
  4. Previous recipients of the Dunne Award will be invited to serve as ad Hoc members of the awards selection committee. Each member of the NCPG Awards Committee (including past Dunne Award recipient ad hoc members) shall be eligible to vote for the Dunne Award for Advocacy. The Awards Committee shall determine the best candidate and make one recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  5. The individual nominee selected by the Awards Committee must receive the support by secret ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all members polled prior to the awards ceremony.  A maximum of one Dunne Award winner shall be awarded in any given year.
  6. The individual selected for the Dunne 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.

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Lifetime Research Award: Given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research field to assist problem gamblers and their families.  Research is defined as the deliberate scientific study which fosters increased understanding of problem gambling.  This award for research is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of research on behalf of problem gamblers.

Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The individual nominee(s) must have demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  3. 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.
  4. The Awards Committee will verify that candidate/candidates meet required criteria and forward the nominations to the Research Subcommittee.
  5. The Research Subcommittee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the Awards Committee.
  6. The Awards Committee will send their recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  7. The individual nominee’s submitted by the Awards Committee must receive the support by secret ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3rds) of the NCPG Board of Directors polled prior to the awards ceremony. A maximum of one Research Award shall be awarded to one individual on any given year.
  8. 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: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The individual nominee(s) must have demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  3. 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.
  4. Previous recipients of the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service will be invited to serve as ad Hoc members of the NCPG Awards committee. Each member of the NCPG Awards Committee (including past Dr. Robert Custer Award recipient ad hoc members) shall be eligible to vote for the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service. The Awards Committee shall determine the best candidate and make one recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  5. The individual nominee selected by the Awards Committee must receive the support by secret ballot of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all members of the NCPG Board of Directors polled prior to the awards ceremony. A maximum of one Dr. Robert Custer Award for Service winner shall be awarded in any given year.
  6. 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 . 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 Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy, and the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award for Direct 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.

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Lifetime Research Award: 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. The Lifetime Research Award is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of treatment on behalf of problem gamblers.

Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The individual nominee(s) must have demonstrated exemplary work in support of the goals and objectives of the NCPG and/or its affiliates.
  3. 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.
  4. The Awards Committee will verify that candidate/candidates meet required criteria and forward the nominations to the Research Subcommittee.
  5. The Research Subcommittee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the Awards Committee.
  6. The Awards Committee will send their recommendation to the NCPG Board of Directors for their vote and approval.
  7. The individual nominee’s submitted by the Awards Committee must receive the support of at least two-thirds (2/3rds) of all members present at the subsequent NCPG Board of Directors meeting.  A secret ballot is required to determine the 2/3rd majority vote.  A maximum of one Research Award shall be awarded to one individual on any given year.
  8. 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.

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Awards for lifetime achievement must be approved by the NCPG Board of Directors following review and recommendation by the Awards and/or Research committees.

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.

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.

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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, 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.

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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.

Criteria – 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

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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:

  1. Organizations must provide information on their groundbreaking legislation, funding, research, organization, etc in their state.

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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.

Criteria:

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

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COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS

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

Criteria:

  1. Reporting must increase public knowledge of problem/pathological gambling.
  2. Name and date of the media source and article must accompany all nominations.
  3. The report must be original and not a reprint/rebroadcast of previous article.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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

Criteria:

  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.

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Multi-Cultural Communications Award: An award for the 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.

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Public Awareness Award: Most effective public awareness message in the past year using any combination of television, radio, digital, print, direct mail or alternative media.

Criteria:

  1. Message 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.
  3. A digital copy of the advertising should be included
  4. 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

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Website Award: Most effective website designed to raise awareness of problem gambling and/or problem gambling resources.

Criteria:

  1. Nominations must identify the owner of the website and include a link to the website.

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Social Media Award: Most effective use of digital or social media to raise awareness of problem gambling and/or problem gambling resources

Criteria:

  1. Nominations should include detailed description of the social media event or campaign.
  2. Nominees will be judged based on the breadth of impact, innovation, and ability to reach gamblers and their families. Results should be included whenever possible and consider social media metrics.

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People’s Choice Award: The most effective print public awareness message as 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.

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Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign Award:  For the most effective campaign supporting the NCPG 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 digital copy of the ad.
  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. Nominees will be judged based on the breadth of impact and weight will be given to integrated campaigns. Results should be included whenever possible.

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RESEARCH AWARDS

The Research Subcommittee will review the Lifetime, Annual, Masters and Dissertation Award submissions and recommend recipients to the full Awards Committee.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.