Training For Counselors

60 Hour Core Curriculum Training (60 Hours)

The goal of this training is to provide the knowledge required to treat problem gamblers and their families. The curriculum includes:

  • Knowledge and Education
  • Special Populations
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Clinical Treatment with the Problem Gambler
  • Clinical Treatment with Family Members of the Problem Gambler
  • Co-Morbidity
  • Relapse Prevention and Discharge Planning

This 60 Hour Specialist Course is also available for purchase in separate modules. Please see the options for purchasing each of the seven modules below.

Class Cost
$300.00 (NYS Resident)
$480.00 (Non-Resident)

Individual Classes

  • Knowledge and Education of Problem and Pathological Gambling in NYS (7.5 hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a stand alone program, this training will define problem gambling, types of gambling and gambling affecting New York State. Participants will learn about the types of gamblers, the pathological gambling diagnosis, Action and Escape gambling, the three phases of compulsive gambling, and unique characteristics of pathological gambling. Upon completion of the course participants will be able to profile the female and male significant others, the child of a compulsive gambler, and identify warning signs and gambling lingo.

    Class Cost
    $37.50 (NYS Resident)
    $60.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Special Populations and Policy & Social Impacts (7.5 hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, participants will learn why specific populations become gamblers, the differences among populations, consequences, recovery issues, social and physical factors, warning signs, financial action to take, myths and facts, types of gambling specific populations engage in, and how gambling behavior varies by gender.

    Class Cost
    $37.50 (NYS Resident)
    $60.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Clinical Treatment of the Problem Gambler (7.5 hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, participants will explore:

    • Nature vs. Nurture
    • Serotonergic, Noradrenergic, and Dopaminergic systems
    • Stages of Change
    • Strategies for the Action vs. Escape gambler
    • Treatment Models
    • Key issues in working with the problem gambler
    • Disenfranchised grief and problem gambling
    • Anger and pathological gambling

    In addition, professionals will gain knowledge and understanding into the unique steps of treatment planning and how to utilize OASAS Treatment Planning Forms.

    Class Cost
    $37.50 (NYS Resident)
    $60.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Screening and Assessment of Those Affected by Problem Gambling (15 Hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, participants will gain knowledge and skills necessary to screen and assess those affected by problem gambling. This course will define factors influencing those seeking help, why problem gamblers initially contact for help and the provider’s role. Screening tools – SOGS, Lie/Bet Scale, and Pathological Gambling DSM Diagnostic Criteria are provided. Participants will learn about using Gamblers Anonymous 20 Questions, GAM-ANON 20 Questions, and Psychosocial Assessments.

    Class Cost
    $75.00 (NYS Resident)
    $120.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Clinical Treatment with Family Members (5 Hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, this training will prepare clinicians to work with family members and significant others of the problem/compulsive gambler. Content of the training includes signs and symptoms, dos and don’ts, key issues, managing anxiety and financial management issues. Recovery steps for the significant other, accepting compulsive gambling as an illness, bailouts, trust, guilt, resentment and anger issues are all covered as well. Learn how to help family members work on self-esteem, communication, family roles, and the effects of parental gambling on the child.

    Class Cost
    $25.00 (NYS Resident)
    $40.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Co-Morbidity and Problem Gambling (7.5 Hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, participants will gain knowledge and skills in identifying and addressing clients who may carry a dual diagnosis in treatment. Participants will be able to identify the prevalence of co-morbidity in gambling clients; will become familiar with screening tools utilized for identifying chemical dependency and psychiatric disorders, and gain understanding of different forms of medication that may be helpful to a pathological gambling client.

    Class Cost
    $37.50 (NYS Resident)
    $60.00 (Non-Resident)

  • Relapse Prevention and Discharge Planning (10 Hours)

    Part of the 60 hour course or as a standalone program, this training provides knowledge of relapse triggers and relapse cycle for problem gamblers; incorporating spirituality into gambling-specific treatment; and orientation to Gambler’s Anonymous and other support services.

    Class Cost
    $50.00 (NYS Resident)
    $80.00 (Non-Resident)