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 Helpline.
Phase 1 will cover:
- History and prevalence of gambling and problem gambling
- Types of gamblers
- Definitions of gambling
- Screening and assessment
- Co-morbid and co-occurring disorders
- Family counseling
- Group and individual counseling strategies and treatment approaches to problem gambling
*Phase 1 is a prerequisite for Phase 2.