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Listed below are some available training opportunities for clinicians seeking certification by
the Nevada Board of Examiners for Drug and Alcohol and Gambling counselors as well as any individuals interested in becoming more educated about problem gambling issues.


September 22-24 , 2013

14th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

(Las Vegas, NV)


UNLV COURSES - Date & Location may vary

Description: Courses that provide a combined 45 hours of gambling-specific training are available at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the Department of Education and Clinical Studies.

CED 439/639 - Compulsive Gambling Counseling I
This course will orient to the history, etiology, and prevalence of compulsive gambling. The class will provide students with the knowledge of assessment tools and counseling skills. Students will learn the characteristics of compulsive gambling behavior, stages of progression, distinctions and connections to other addictions, effects on families, finances and legal issues. Prerequisites: CED 300. 3 credits

CED 440/640 - Compulsive Gambling Counseling II
This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of client-oriented counseling modalities and strategies. The class will provide students with the skills to utilize and interpret assessment tools and provide treatment planning. Students will learn characteristics of compulsive behavior, stages of progression, distinctions and connections to other addictions. Prerequisites: CED 439. 3 credits

UNR COURSES - Online course only

Description:  An online course offered by UNR for all students who are elligible to take a 400-level course, directed by the University's Independent Learning Center. This makes the course available to students in several other states, including Montana, New York, Utah, and several others.

CAS 439/639 - Exploring Gambling Behaviors

Exploring Gambling Behaviors is offered all three semesters, Spring, Summer or Fall, and is a 10-week course, as opposed to the usual 15-week format of typical UNR Spring and Fall courses, adapted to fit the shorter summer schedule. This course gives an introduction to gambling history and problem gambling from the perspective of a clinician. The instructor designed the course to educate those interested in the field of problem gambling treatment and research, and it appeals to students taking addiction courses, criminal justice, nursing, gaming management, business, as well as student athletes and others wishing to expand their knowledge of problem gambling in their personal and professional lives.

For those students entering the addiction treatment workforce who are considering becoming certified in Nevada as a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor, they can obtain 45 hours of gambling-specific education which applies to the 30 hours required to become an intern.

For more information, go to and see the course description and requirements for online courses. You may also contact the instructor directly by emailing Denise Quirk at


Web-based, On Demand

Description: The online clinical training, Counseling the Pathological Gambler, is interactive, audio-based, with downloadable training manuals. This online training ranges from 4 hours to 60 hours and is designed for mental health care providers, drug and alcohol counselors, and all addiction practitioners who wish to add a gambling addiction specialization to their practice or organization, become certified or require CEUs. Fees range from $15 -19 per CEU hour.

Upon registration, you may begin the training program immediately as well as log in and out taking the training at times that are convenient for you. The site,, has a demonstration that provides more information about this fascinating learning style of the training program as well as ‘what others have said’ about the program.

Contact: Elizabeth George 1-888-989-9234

Visit the website of the National Council on Problem Gambling for additional educational opportunities available nationwide.