Indiana encourages counselors working with those that have a problem gambling to seek the International Certified Gambling Counselor designation. There are three different designations for which you can apply:
The International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialists Certificate was new in 2015. This certification seeks to increase the capacity of those working with the mental health and addictions field to better work with clients who also have issues with problem gambling. The following provides additional information regarding the application process and requirements:
ICOGS Application | ICOGS Application Checklist
The other designations are ICGC-1 & ICGC-ii. These have further requirements and include an exam. For more information on these designations, please visit: www.igccb.org
International Gambling Counselor Certification BoardThe International Gambling Counselor Certification Board has adopted the following organizational goals to aid in the certification of gambling counselors
- To assure that this certification and registry process is available to all interested applicants.
- To establish and endorse a professional code of ethics.
- To maintain coordination and liaison with state officials, professional associations and educational institutions to keep current developments in the field of gambling treatment, and to annually review, modify, update and improve current standards of competence, skills and knowledge.
- To establish a central registry of certified gambling counselors and maintain all necessary records of applicants.
The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board is composed of members who represent geographic, cultural, professional and recovery diversity.
Please forward any questions on becoming an ICGC to Certification Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-547-9204 or to IGCCB President Jeremy Wampler at email@example.com .
GCCB C/O NCPG
730 11th St, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20001
Indiana Counselor Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICCADA)
1441 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Board Certified in Problem Gambling (BCPG) credential is a clinical level credential to provide treatment and support for person who may be problem gamblers. This credential validates a person education, and competencies, related to the treatment of problem gambling issues. A person must hold specific license and/or credentials to meet the requirements for this credential.
American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders Certification
314 West Superior Street, Suite 508
Duluth, MN 55802
The American Academy developed the Certified Gambling Addiction Specialist (CGAS) certification to meet the growing need for credentialed counselors and other mental health care professionals working within the discipline of gambling addiction. The Certified Gambling Addiction Specialist (CGAS) credential is a clinical certification based upon experience providing addiction treatment under the direction of a qualified clinical supervisor, specialized clinical training in gambling addiction, and passing a written online examination.