Monday, June 11, 2007

How to Become a Nationally Certified Gambling Addictions Counselor

In this podcast, the last of four on pathological gambling, I speak with Jody Bechtold, LCSW, NCGC-II, PC about the process for becoming a nationally certified gambling addictions counselor. Jody compares the national certification process with the process to be designated as "competent" to treat pathological gambling in the state of Pennsylvania. If you are interested in becoming nationally certified, you might want to listen to the podcast a couple of times, as there are a number of steps in the process.

Download MP3 [27:53]

This series on pathological gambling includes the following podcasts:

  1. What is Pathological Gambling? [11:43]
  2. Treatment of Pathological Gambling [27:00]
  3. Thinking Like a Pathological Gambler: Illusions of Control / Chance vs. Skill [8:54]
  4. How to Become a Nationally Certified Gambling Addictions Counselor [27:53]

National Council on Problem Gambling:
Pennsylvania Council of Compulsive Gambling: http://
Ohio Council on Problem Gambling:
National Testing Corporation for the NCGC exams:
The following is an example of costs associated with becoming a certified gambling counselor:
Costs (average / minimum)Supervision from Ohio ($100 / call) = $200National Exam (NCGC-1) = $175 (NCPG member)National Membership = $75NCGC-1 Application = $17530 credits – training (avg $100ea) = $500 (unless free trainings)Total: = $1125 

APA (6th edition) reference for this podcast:

Singer, J. B. (Host). (2007, June 11). How to become a nationally certified gambling addictions counselor [Episode 20]. Social Work Podcast. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from

1 comment:

marta said...

Hello I am a portuguese social worker(and a family therapist). I just finished my master degree and I am looking for a doctoral orientation. I work with addicted people in a Center. And I am looking for articles that talk about strengh and empowerment in vulnerable people.(thank you and please send me an e mail to
PS - Sorry about my english * also would like to see a pod cast about social construccion therapy by Kenneth Gergen