Problem Gambling Clinical Certifications

  • Specialty Certificate in Problem Gambling and (2) International Certified Gambling Counselor I and II (INCGC-I and INCGC-II) Certification

Specialty Certificate in Problem Gambling Requirements: 

  • 30 Gambling Specific Training Hours;
  • Associates Degree in Behavioral Health field or CCB certification in addictions or mental health (i.e. Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist);
  • 2000 hours of addiction / mental health counseling;
  • 100 Problem Gambling specific hours ( If you have gambling integrated forms, and talk about gambling with clients in individual and group sessions, this will count towards the 100 hours);
  • 4 hours with a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC)*;
  • Apply for the certification (Connecticut Certification Board website – https://www.ctcertboard.org/.

FYI: There is also an international equivalent certificate, the International Co-occurring Gambling Specialist (ICOGS). 

*More on the Conference Calls: Clinical Workforce Development Initiative

Scheduled conference calls designed to (1) increase clinical staff members’ capacity to become “gambling informed”; and (2) assist in meeting criteria to earn Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) hours towards statewide and international gambling certifications.

Calls are structured with a Learning Community format which encourages and enables participant involvement and capacity building.  Facilitated by the clinical director of Problem Gambling Services (PGS), Fiorigio (Fred) Fetta.   Participants are encouraged to enroll by emailing Fiorigio.fetta@ct.gov to be included in membership list and receive call in codes.  Call coordinates and topic are forwarded upon enrollment and prior to each call.

 Case Consultation Conference Call

A gambling-related clinical case is presented as pre-arranged with call facilitator.  Cases include: problem gamblers, clients who meet criteria for Gambling Disorder, clients who meet criteria for Gambling Disorder along with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and persons affected by gambling (i.e. family members, spouse, and significant other).   Clinical staff participating in these calls in support of their BAAC hours have the opportunity to present a case for the group, or, if they are not working with a client with co-occurring problem or disordered gambling, they will be asked to provide treatment recommendations on a case presented by the clinical director.

Third Friday of the month from 9:00 – 10:00 am, EST

Treatment Strategies Conference Call

 Discussion of pre-determined individual and/or group treatment strategy across continuum of care.  Topics include but are not limited to: course content identified in the Application for International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors, select methods from gambling integrated treatment manuals/curricula, harm reduction strategies, budgeting tools, infusion of gambling-informed conversations into existing group programs and recovery supports.

First Wednesday of the month from 1:00-2:00 pm, EST

International Certified Gambling Counselor I and II (INCGC-I AND INCGC-II) Certification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the behavioral health field (i.e. psychology, addictions, clinical social work);
  • Gambling specific training and education;
  • Clinical experience treating gamblers and/or family members in an approved setting with a minimum number of sessions with an International Gambling Counselor Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC);
  • Signed statements/ratings from supervisor and BACC;
  • Passing score on Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors.

 

Education and Training Requirements

NCGC-I

  • A minimum of 30 hours of approved gambling specific training;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (as assessed by the IGCCB) in a behavioral health field (e.g., license or certificate in psychology, chemical dependency, counseling, social work, peer counseling, etc.) to meet the behavioral education requirement for certification.

NCGC-II

  • A minimum of 60 hours of approved gambling specific training or education must be completed with appropriate supporting documentation as defined by the IGCCB;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (as assessed by the IGCCB) in behavioral health field (e.g., license or certificate in psychology, sociology, chemical dependency, counseling, social work, etc.) to meet the behavioral education requirement for certification.

Direct Contact Hours

NCGC-I

Minimum of 100 hours as a gambling counselor delivering direct treatment to problem/disordered gamblers and significant others, in a Board approved setting with an IGCCB Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). This can be fulfilled by 50% or 50 hours volunteer work experience, the balance being paid experience.

NCGC-II

Minimum of 2,000 hours (or one year full time equivalent) as a gambling counselor delivering direct treatment to problem/disordered gamblers and significant others, in a Board approved setting with an IGCCB Approved Clinical Consultant. This can be fulfilled by 50% or 1,000 hours volunteer work experience, the balance being paid experience.

Definitions: Direct contact hours provided to disordered gamblers and significant others are defined as:

  1. Face to face clock hours with gambling clients.
  2. Face to face clock hours with gamblers and/or their families.
  3. All hours of documentation for gambling clients or family member to:
    • Patients chart
    • A.P./employer
    • Counselor supervisor
    • Referral agents/other mental health workers court/parole/probation officers
  1. Any lengthy telephone interventions (30 min. or more, documented).
  2. Assessments of clients for a gambling problem.
  3. Preparation of discharge summaries, evaluations and/or aftercare plans for

other agencies or care providers.

  1. Review of gambling cases to medical or clinical director.
  2. Case management services to managed care providers or utilization review for gambling cases.
  3. Psycho-educational sessions for gamblers or their family members.
  4. Treatment planning sessions with the treatment team.

For more information on gambling clinical certifications, contact Fiorigio.fetta@ct.gov