PROBLEM GAMBLING PROVIDERS
MNAPG has a strong relationship with Minnesota’s problem gambling treatment community. Problem gambling counselors play a critical role in ensuring that Minnesotans receive the best possible services. We work to ensure that counselors receive the best training, earn equitable wages for their work and have the resources available to stay current with the gambling industry.
Regular meetings provide the opportunity for providers to gather so they can network and share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues. MNAPG also shares updates on outreach and prevention work in the community as well as advocacy efforts.
- Attend monthly NCPG webinars for free
- Receive discounts for conferences
- Be eligible for MNAPG scholarships to attend the national conference, and
- Lend support to both organizations at the state and federal levels
CONTINUING Education for Problem Gambling PROVIDErs
Annual Training/Conference Opportunities
- National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Annual Conference – 2023 Washington, D.C.- in person July 26 – July 29 (Main conference July 27 &28)
- NCPG Pre-conference trainings virtual – June 14 & 15, 2023
- MNAPG’s Minnesota State Conference – November 15, 2022
A Move Towards Greater Credibility through Professional Credentials
Minnesota requires 60 hours of problem gambling training. By completing these hours, Minnesota counselors qualify to take the IGCC-II exam and, if passed and have met the other criteria, would be able to add IGCC-II as an additional professional certification. To maintain this certification, counselors must be re-certified every three years through evidence of 60 hours of approved non-repetitive continuing education, 30 hours of which must be gambling- or gaming-specific IGCCB-approved hours. The remaining 30 hours (non-specific) can be obtained through a variety of methods in the behavioral health field. For more information visit the IGCCB site.
Supervision – Pilot Program Begins October 2022
MNAPG is contracting with a Board Approved Clinical Counselor (BACC) to provide voluntary case management supervision as a pilot program. MNAPG cannot require participation but it’s our hope that any counselor seeing clients with gambling disorder or treating family members would participate in a monthly call. The calls include presentations of several cases and provide an opportunity for counselors to learn from one another and to identify areas of need.
In 2019, the Oregon Health Authority commissioned an international survey of the major thought leaders, researchers and clinicians in the problem gambling field gathering best practices in five distinct areas of gambling treatment. The survey results were compiled and resulted in the creation of the latest guide to core competencies for a problem gambling treatment program. GUIDE TO CORE COMPETENCIES FOR TREATING PROBLEM GAMBLING, Oregon Health Authority, 2019.
Two voluntary, self-exclusion tools for online gambling sites.
Given that many gamblers may be moving online, especially during COVID-19 times, MNAPG is offering individual subscriptions for an online self-exclusion tool called Gamban. This tool enables the gambler to block tens of thousands of online gambling sites on all devices. MNAPG has purchased one-year subscriptions that can block up to 15 devices in one household.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link will be provided to set up the account.
BetBlocker helps you, or those you care about, ensure that they can manage their access to gambling in a safe and appropriate manner. Whether that means restricting altogether, or limiting during periods of vulnerability, BetBlocker can help. Visit https://www.betblocker.org to download this free app.
TOOLS FOR YOUR CLIENTS
MNAPG has developed a number of informational brochures. If you would like to order some to place in your reception areas or to distribute, please use our order form.
MNAPG Normative Feedback Tool
This is a survey in which your client will be asked a series of questions relating to their gambling preferences and their attitudes towards gambling. As they answer the questions, they will see how other Minnesotans have replied. At the completion of the survey, they’ll receive a report letting them know where they fall on the problem gambling spectrum. You can check out the survey yourself by clicking here.
GAMBLING DISORDER SCREENING TOOL KIT
Screening Standards Manual NCPG
Gambling Assessment Manual NCPG
Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition. A self-help toolkit of resources to help start the journey toward recovery from problem gambling behavior.
What is Gambling Disorder? One-page article describing Gambling Disorder from a mental health perspective.
Why Screen for Gambling? Evidence-based information about the importance of screening for Gambling Disorder.
The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen. Our recommended brief screen for Gambling Disorder (a one-page, “printer friendly” screener)
Gambling Resources & Referrals. Additional problem gambling information and tools for self-help and referrals.
BBGS e-Screener. An electronic version of our Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (only users see their results)
View, download or order a hard copy below (These are meant to be supplemental guides, not a replacement for therapy)
- Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition. A self-help toolkit of resources to help start the journey toward recovery from problem gambling behavior.
- Personal Financial Strategies for the Loved Ones of Problem Gamblers
- Warning Signs of Problem Gambling (English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong and Vietnamese)
- What Families Can Do When a Loved One has a Gambling Problem (English and Spanish)
- What is Problem Gambling? (English and Spanish)
- Gambling When in Recovery (English and Spanish)
- Gaming Disorder (English and Spanish)
- Gamban—Block Access to Your Devices (English and Spanish)
- Lower Risk Gambling Guidelines
BROCHURES for professionals
- Be Part of the Solution (English and Spanish)
- Why Screen for Gambling Disorder? (English and Spanish)
- Northern Lights - MNAPG Quarterly Newsletter
Interested in receiving copies of our literature?
INSPIRING SUCCESS STORIES
You and your clients should know that treatment has helped improve the lives of many Minnesotans with a gambling problem. We have a trove of stories reflecting this success.
In Their Own Words Jean’s Story
Jean overcame great struggles from her gambling addiction and in her early recovery. She persevered, this is her story. READ MORE
In their Own Words- Jan’s Story
A caring manager at work helped Jan change her relationship with gambling. READ MORE
Margaret met her gambling counselor in an unlikely way, but it’s proven to be a great success. This is the firsthand story of a recovering gambling addict.
In Their Own Words
Learn about this Navy Veteran’s experience recovering from a dual addiction and his journey through treating his problem gambling addiction. READ MORE
ARTICLES ABOUT PROBLEM GAMBLING
iGaming: the Next Frontier of Legalized Gambling
Is widespread legalization of iGaming just around the corner? We assess. READ MORE
Online Treatment Program Now Available At No Cost
This free online gambling addiction recovery program is ideal for both gamblers and counselors, particularly in today’s tele-counseling world. WATCH NOW
WAGER: Rwandan study indicates existing family dysfunction can elevate risks of gambling harms.
What are the psychosocial correlates of gambling problems? Does family dysfunction moderate the relationship among gambling problems and negative outcomes, including drug misuse, alcohol dependence, anti-social behavior, and poor sleep quality? READ MORE
In Their Own Words – Diane’s Story
The story of Diane, the wife of someone with a gambling problem, illustrated the struggle of a concerned other and how the couple survived a gambling addiction. READ MORE