The North American Training Institute (NATI) is a Minnesota-based, not-for-profit
organization that was created in 1988 at the behest of the Minnesota legislature.
The mission of the NATI is to provide information, to facilitate research and conduct professional
training about gambling addiction. The NATI studies treatment techniques, methods and programs,
provides public education and prevention services, and develops and implements problem gambling
helpline services. These efforts are primarily directed at those individuals considered to be
at highest risk for developing a gambling problem, especially adolescents.
The NATI designs and conducts comprehensive programs to provide specific knowledge and advanced
clinical training leading to national certification for health care professionals in the treatment
of problem gambling. Since 2001, NATI has delivered these advanced training programs via NATI’s
web-based interactive learning environment. www.nati.org/oll/
The NATI serves as a technology-based library of research-based information, data, publications,
articles and books about all issues related to gambling addiction. The NATI provides this information
service to public policy makers, the media, researchers, treatment providers, employee assistance
programs and the general public at www.nati.org. Further, the NATI convenes public policy think
tanks on issues related to policy concerns.
A merger of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Cambridge MA.,
into the MCCG/NATI was completed in 2003. For over a decade, the American Academy has been the driving
force behind contemporary clinical practice and research throughout the world. The American Academy
provides a clinical certification in addiction treatment to a diverse membership of medical doctors,
psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and counselors from the US and seven countries.
Incorporated in 1988 as the Minnesota Council on Compulsive Gambling, a doing-business-as name change
was instituted to reflect a broader scope of gambling addiction services.
North American Training Institute:
North American Training Institute
314 West Superior Street, Suite 508
Duluth, MN 55802