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 the ICGC-I & ICGC-II. These have further requirements and include an exam. For more information on these designations, please visit: www.ncpgambling.org
National Gambling Counselor Certification
The National Gambling Counselor Certification is a project developed by:
The National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
216 G Street , NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
The certification process is designed as a national minimal standard. We hope that states and private agencies employing gambling treatment counselors will use these requirements as a starting point of minimal acceptable competency and qualification.
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.