Established in 1988, the North American Training Institute (NATI)
is a private, not-for-profit, Minnesota-based corporation.
NATI's expertise lies in the development and presentation of
professional training programs and courses, research facilitation, and the
distribution of research-based information on the topics of pathological and
NATI studies treatment techniques, methods, and programs;
provides public awareness and education strategies; and designs educational
NATI has convened public policy think tanks for the purpose of
discussing concerns and strategies for the management of problem gambling. In
addition, NATI designs responsible gaming programs for the gaming and wagering
industries. All of NATI's services, products and initiatives are extensively
evaluated and field-tested.
The goal of NATI's training programs is to provide specific
knowledge and advanced clinical understanding to treatment providers.
NATI is committed to the use of technology in its educational
methods. Through efficient information dissemination, NATI strives to provide
broad access to the most up to date research-based data, publications, and
other resources related to problem gambling.
Elizabeth M. George, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. George is a widely respected author, speaker and consultant on problem
gambling issues. She is the architect of the North American Training
Institute's highly regarded clinical course, Counseling the
Pathological Gambler. During her tenure as CEO, Ms. George has also
been instrumental in the planning and hosting of several events, including the
North American Think Tank on Youth Gambling Issues, which was co-convened and
held at the Harvard Medical School in 1995. Currently, Ms. George is associate
editor for programs for the Journal of Gambling Studies and sits on
several other national and international panels.