This course can be used for CEUs or as part of precertification training to become certified as a Gambling Addiction Counselor in most states.
-Learn about Gambling Addiction
-Differentiate between problem and non-problem gambling
-Review an introduction to the treatment of gambling disorder
-Explore Gambling in a societal context
-Identify game characteristics and their impact
-Compare and contrast substance addiction to gambling issues
-Explore concurrent disorders often present with gambling issues
-Identify special issues in understanding gambling in older adults, adolescents and women
-Review how the stages of change model can be applied to selecting interventions and goals for persons with gambling issues
-Explore criteria for exploring reduction vs. abstinence goals
-Identify common triggers for gambling
-Learn about screening and assessment instruments used in the identification of problem gambling
-Learn about issues often present in the family of a person with a gambling problem, and potential interventions
-Identify personality characteristics which are more predictive of problem gambling
The role of the Gambling Addiction Counselor includes but is not limited to:
- Applying theories of addiction in assessment and treatment practices.
- Performing a comprehensive assessment with an orientation towards gambling.
- Providing gambling specific counseling, including developing treatment plans and conducting case management activities.
- Recognizing and responding to indicators of suicidal ideations and self-harm behaviors.
- Working in a professional and ethical manner.
Georgia, Florida and National Council Standards for Certification
- http://www.ncpgambling.org/training-certification/ncgc-certification/ (National Council on Problem Gambling)