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UMD’s Continuing Education Launches Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate

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UMD's Continuing Education has launched the Studies in Gambling Addiction certificate: Counseling the Pathological Gambler in collaboration with NATI.  

Compulsive gamblers don’t just lose money. Many lose their jobs and their homes. And gamblers aren’t the only victims. According to a National Research Council report on pathological gamblers, over 25% of spouses of compulsive gamblers reported being abused and over 10% of children of compulsive gamblers had been abused. Many compulsive gamblers get divorced or lose custody of their children. As personal financial resources dwindle, pathological gamblers often resort to crimes such as embezzlement, check forgery and tax evasion. Many file for bankruptcy. Some even end their lives in suicide. With more casinos opening across the country and easy access to online gambling, the number of compulsive gamblers is likely to increase dramatically.

UMD’s Continuing Education (CE), in collaboration with the North American Training Institute (NATI), has launched the Studies in Gambling Addiction certificate: Counseling the Pathological Gambler, a unique online professional development certification program. This 60-hour noncredit certificate provides specific knowledge and advanced understanding designed to contribute to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling addiction. It is the only online certificate of its kind in the U.S. that specializes in gambling addiction.

Roxanne Richards, program development associate in CE, who helped to develop the certificate, believes it will prove invaluable to individuals in a variety of professions. “Mental health practitioners, employee assistance professionals, substance abuse providers, clergy and pastoral workers will all be able to develop the advanced skills necessary to assist individuals with compulsive gambling issues,” she said.

The certificate is designed to meet the need for trained gambling addiction providers. “The program is an excellent supplement to an existing BA or MA degree,” Richards said. This professional-level certificate may also be applied towards certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Additive Disorders.

In order to increase its flexibility with professionals, the program has no formal start or end dates. “Individuals may enroll in the program and begin their studies at any time,” Richards said. “And, because it is self-paced and learner led, they can go at their own speed.”

For more information and to register for the Studies in Gambling Addiction certificate: Counseling the Pathological Gambler, visit the Continuing Education website.

About UMD's Continuing Education
CE has a long and successful history of innovative continuing education programs and certificates developed in collaboration with an array of colleges and departments. Certificate programs include American Sign Language, Geographic Information Science, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. Certificate program provide a stepping-stone toward a baccalaureate or graduate degree, valuable preparation for employment opportunities and advancement, as well as a wide range of educational options for advancing lifelong learning.

About the North American Training Institute
NATI is a Minnesota-based, not-for-profit organization that was created in 1988 at the behest of the Minnesota legislature. The mission of NATI is to provide information, to facilitate research and conduct professional training about gambling addiction. NATI studies treatment techniques, methods and programs, provides public education and prevention services, and develops and implements problem gambling helpline services. These efforts are primarily directed at those individuals considered to be at highest risk for developing a gambling problem, especially adolescents. NATI has provided accredited gambling addition-specific training and prevention services since 1990 and has collaborated with a wide variety of universities, organizations, and state agencies.

Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, March 2012

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