This unique training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding pertaining to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling disorder. You will learn skills and tools to identify and diagnose a gambling disordered client and how to integrate effective gambling disorder treatment techniques in your practice.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, about 1% of American adults — nearly 3 million people — are pathological gamblers. Another 2%–3% have less serious but still significant problems, and as many as 15 million are at risk. To meet the growing demand for trained professionals in the area of gambling addictions, UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) and the North American Training Institute (NATI) collaborated on a unique online training program, Studies in Gambling Addiction: Counseling the Pathological Gambler.
This training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding as it relates to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling addiction. Completion of the 60-hour training may be applied toward certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders.
Further information on content outlines (for the Certificate, Course 1, and Course 2), activities and assessments, CEU approvals, and policies can be found on the NATI website.
Upon completion of the Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate courses, you will be able to:
- Discuss the importance of the winning phase in the progression of a gambling addiction.
- Integrate the concept of ‘the bailout’ into a treatment plan for a gambling addiction client.
- Identify maladaptive behavior and thinking as it relates to the addiction process.
- Differentiate between the motives for gambling among different gambling types.
- Identify a personal belief system about winning as it relates to superstition and magical thinking.
- Describe how the cognitive development of an individual aids in the development of a gambling addiction.
- Integrate the underlying personality dynamics in assessing pathological gambling.
- Explain the importance of looking at the entire psychosocial environment when assessing pathological gambling.
- Identify two models for understanding the functioning of the gambler.
- Identify methods for assessing the gambler, and list the major assessment tools.
- Complete an initial assessment and formal diagnosis of a pathological gambler.
- Demonstrate how DSM-5 Criteria and GA Twenty Questions are used in diagnosis.
- Differentiate between other disorders and pathological gambling.
- Discuss the five stages of the grieving process.
- Integrate the concept of unresolved grief into an understanding of the development of a gambling addiction.
- Understand the concept of substitute satisfaction and its role in the development of the gambling addiction.
- Describe the phases of the Miller Treatment Model.
- Critique the importance of this model in the treatment of an addicted gambler.
- Apply this concept to a specific caseload.
- Identify specific learning interventions for pathological gamblers in treatment.
- Develop a therapeutic cognitive approach in dealing with a pathological gambler.
- Identify significant psychological factors in the development of a gambling disorder.
- Integrate working treatment plan skills.
To gain the maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge, experience in the field of mental health, or completed prior educational programs related to:
- Addictive disorders
- Mental health
- Social work
- Public health
- Marriage and Family practice
Refund Policy for Online Courses
A refund will be granted if the Learner has not accessed the course site for the online learning module. To receive the refund, the Learner must submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A 10% handling and processing fee will be assessed.
No refund will be granted once the Learner has accessed the course site to begin their self-paced learning.
No refund will be granted if more than six months (190 days) has elapsed from the date of registration.
UMD Center for Economic Development MUST be contacted for cancellations at 218-726-7298 or email@example.com.