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Certificate of Gambling Specialty

Earning this certificate will help you learn how to meet the needs of pathological gamblers and their families. Gambling addiction continues to be a growing problem that affects not just abusers, but also disrupts the lives of their families and friends.

This 60-clock hour certificate program (72-clock hours for Nebraska residents) is 100% online. It is broken down into specific course offerings. Each offering is self-paced, but must be completed within three weeks once accessed.

Approved by the Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling (NCCG), Bellevue University’s Gambling Specialty Certificate program can be tailored to meet your individual state’s requirements. However, it is important that you check with your state licensure or certification board to see if these online offerings will be accepted toward gambling certification.

Next Nebraska (resident only) start for the certificate programs are February 16, 2015 and June 1, 2015.

Next non-Nebraska (non-resident) start for the certificate programs are January 19, 2015 and May 11, 2015.

To register for this certificate program, please click here.

Required Course Offerings:

Basic Disordered Gambling (12 clock hours)
Course will consist of basic disordered gambling knowledge education on the history and social impact of gambling in the US, the historical and theoretical approaches to treating compulsive gamblers, and the predominant effects of disordered gambling on the client and their significant others.

Intake and Assessment (12 clock hours)
Course will consist of education on the indicators of the presence of disordered gambling, identification of client needs, and matching identified needs with appropriate treatment modalities. The course will also include education on identification of common co-morbid disorders and medical conditions that warrant referral and/or consultation.

Significant Other Treatment (12 clock hours)
Course will include education on general family dynamics, effects of disordered gambling on family systems, and facilitating appropriate changes as related to the disordered gambling.

Case Management (12 clock hours)
Course will cover case management for disordered gambling clients, including education on working with disordered gambling clients to establish therapeutic goals, measuring treatment effectiveness, and utilization of resources to effectively accomplish identified goals.

Individual and Group Counseling Skills (12 clock hours)
Course will include individual and group counseling skills with compulsive gamblers, including education that will enhance the counselor’s ability to engage, elicit feelings, and facilitate awareness in the therapeutic relationship with disordered gambling clients.

Additional Course Offerings Required for Nebraska Residents:

Special Populations (6 clock hours) start dates: January 19, 2015; June 1, 2015
Course will include special populations counseling course work, including education which assists the counselor in working with clients from a variety of racial, ethnic, age, gender, and socio-economic populations.

Legal and Financial Aspects (6 clock hours) start dates: February 2, 2015; June 15, 2015
Course will cover Legal/financial aspects of disordered gambling, including education which promotes understanding of legal, financial, and occupational issues related to disordered gambling and effective resources to appropriately resolve those issues.

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