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Disordered Gambling Counselor Training Modules

20 modules 1.5 Hours Each
Total 30 Hours
Title Learning Outcomes
1. Definitions and Diagnostic Criteria
  • Define DSM-5 criteria for Gambling Disorder and subclinical gambling categories.
  • Define DSM-5 gambling specifiers.
  • Evaluate the characteristics of recreational or social gamblers.
  • Contrast the characteristics of problem gamblers.
  • Apply the DSM-5 criteria.
  • Identify who can treat persons with a gambling disorder.
2. Special Populations and Gambling Disorders: Women and Multicultural
  • Summarize prevention and intervention issues for women and various cultures in the treatment of Gambling Disorder.
  • Describe strategies for incorporating culture in the treatment of Gambling Disorders.
  • Compare case studies and treatment options for various populations.
  • Scope and Prevalence of Disordered Gambling
3. Scope and Prevalence of Disordered Gambling
  • Define gambling.
  • Compare social gambling with problem gambling.
  • Summarize the history of gambling in the United States.
  • Discover gambling trends among the youth.
  • Evaluate the normalization of gambling.
  • Justify why public awareness is so important.
4. Assessing Gambling Disorder
  • Describe the key components of an assessment for Gambling Disorder or Problem Gambling.
  • Assess immediate problems and priorities.
  • Value important family and cultural considerations.
  • Compare the benefits of gambling with its costs.
  • Explain various gambling assessments.
  • Justify the need for a family assessment.
5. Co-Occurring Disorders and Gambling Disorders
  • Describe common co-occurring disorders with problem gambling.
  • Explain treatment issues associated co-occurring disorders.
  • Justify better assessment of co-occurring disorders.
  • Summarize how to prioritize treatment.
  • Interpret the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Tip 42.
6. Screening for Gambling Disorder and Impact of Gambling
  • Assess the importance of screening for Gambling Disorder.
  • Compare the screening tools for Gambling Disorder.
  • Evaluate the research related to gambling.
  • Describe the key elements for SBIRT intervention.
  • Support screening across various providers.
7. Typologies and Subtypes of Gamblers
  • Evaluate the importance of typologies and subtypes in developing treatment.
  • Summarize the 3 subtypes of gamblers.
  • Identify narcissistic traits.
  • Compare past to present risk factors.
  • Define general personality characteristics.
  • Apply affective-motivational variables.
  • Support the Pathways Model.
  • Introduced to the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ).
  • Explain what mental health professionals and gambling counselors do.
8. Engaging Problem Gambling Clients
  • Describe how to prepare for the initial interaction with a client.
  • Explain how a client enters treatment.
  • Engage and assess a client for a treatment plan.
  • Evaluate for co-occurring addictions and mental health concerns.
  • Support a therapeutic relationship.
  • Select the core conditions of treatment.
  • Compare internal versus external motivations.
  • Justify a cost-benefit analysis.
9. Best Practices and Evidence-Based Strategies for Treatment of Gambling Disorder
  • Summarize what makes an approach evidence based.
  • Compare evidence-based treatments.
  • Evaluate case studies.
10. CBT for Gambling Disorder
  • Identify treatment-related predictors of treatment outcome.
  • Explain the Integrative Disordered Gambling Case Conceptualization (IDGCC).
  • Describe how to structure treatment.
  • Analyze clinical cases studies.
11. Best Practices and Evidence-Based Strategies for Treatment of Gambling Disorder: Motivational Interviewing
  • Explain the key components of motivational interviewing (MI) applied to disordered gambling.
  • Support the MI principles in disordered gambling treatment.
  • Apply motivational interviewing principles/process to clinical cases of disordered gambling.
  • Summarize updates of alleviation of motivational enhancement (i.e., FRAMES/brief interventions, MI group therapy).
12. Family Intervention
  • Defend the family is the client.
  • Evaluate clinical cases.
  • Interpret research to identify the family and social impacts of problem gambling.
  • Summarize family integration in treatment.
13. Financial Issues and the Meaning of Money
  • Compare gambling money and real money to someone with a gambling disorder.
  • Summarize key elements of a budget and restitution plan for disordered gambler.
  • Support the role of Pressure Relief Groups.
  • Assess critical factors in developing an asset protection plan for clients, while addressing their gambling disorder.
  • Evaluate financial strategies for educating re-entry citizens from incarceration as disordered gambling prevention.
14. Gambling and the Law
  • Summarize common legal issues and therapeutic approaches to address them.
  • Evaluate elements of alternative sentencing plans for disordered gamblers and the basic “R’s” for court reports.
15. Harm Reduction
  • Explain definitions and principles of harm reduction.
  • Support at least 3 ways harm reduction strategies can be utilized in the treatment of Gambling Disorder.
  • Compare harm reduction strategies nationally/internationally.
  • Evaluate Reduction Containment and Limit Setting Strategies in the creation of a harm reduction plan.
16. Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology
  • Describe neurobiology and psychopharmacology.
  • Evaluate clinical cases.
  • Interpret Reward Deficiency Syndrome.
  • Explain the role of dopamine related to learning and memory.
  • Summarize how gambling affects the brain.
  • Analyze psychopharmacology options.
17. Prevention, Responsible Gambling, and Public Health Perspective
  • Describe disordered gambling prevention
  • Explain prevention strategies and messages for gambling disorder
  • Summarize public health approaches including gambling industry-based strategies to promote responsible gambling
  • Argue the need for more Public Health research on gambling.
18. Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • Summarize SAMHSA’s definition of recovery.
  • Describe elements of recovery and recovery-oriented systems of care.
  • Evaluate guiding elements of recovery/recovery-oriented systems of care to gambling disorder cases.
  • Choose and apply at least 2 ways you can enhance a recovery orientation in your work.
19. Special Populations and Gambling Disorders: Youth and Older Adults
  • Interpret important research findings regarding adolescents and older adults, who gamble problematically.
  • Describe prevention and intervention strategies for these age groups.
20. Treatment Planning and Levels of Care
  • Assess the features of effective and ineffective treatment plans.
  • Describe key elements in developing treatment plans and determining ASAM levels of care for clients with gambling disorder.
  • Evaluate key elements in developing individual goals for clients with gambling disorder.
  • Summarize key elements in developing a couple of goals