These programs are designed for those counselors who are or plan
to be working with problem gamblers and their families in a variety
of clinical settings. We welcome participants from the criminal
justice field, the employee assistance field, the faith and
pastoral care traditions, educators, the gaming industry, the
recovering community and others to our programs. Though the
information is designed for counselors to incorporate into their
clinical practice we hope all of our participants, no matter who
they may be, will learn about the effects of problem gambling on
the individual, family and community and use the information to
help those who fall into their own professional scope of practice.
Completion of 30 hours of gambling-specific training education may
allow participants to become eligible as a referral source for the
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's 1-800-GAMBLE-5
Following completion of the Phase 1 & Phase 2 thirty-hour
training and education program, counselors will be ready to assess,
screen and evaluate for gambling problems among their caseloads and
among those who present for care. They will be ready to intervene
in a crisis, assist in preparation of restitution plans, refer
clients for appropriate levels of care and begin the treatment
planning process, etc. Following completion of the 60 hour training
and education program, counselors will be prepared to work with
family and significant others, special populations, present salient
patient education topics to clients and families, prepare court
reports, assist with complete asset protection plans and use an
array of clinical strategies focusing on impulse control and
self-regulation interventions in the treatment of gambling
training for clinical professionals is a total of 60 hours of
gambling specific training and education sessions. Participants who
successfully complete the entire sixty hours are then encouraged to
begin the National Certification process.
Continuing Education Units for 15 hours each phase has been applied
for with the following: Wisconsin Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy, NASW, EACC, National Council on Problem
Gambling and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional
*Phase 1 is a prerequisite for Phase 2.
*Must provide proof of Phase 1 completion.
*Must provide proof of Phase 1 and Phase 2 completion.
*Must provide proof of Phase 1-3 completion.
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