International Certified Gambling Counselor-I

(ICGC-I) Certification

The following is an outline of the requirements for certification as an International Certified Gambling Counselor-I (ICGC-I):

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the behavioral health field such as license or certification in a recognized behavioral health field (i.e. psychology, addictions, clinical social work).
  • 30 hours (ICGC-I) of gambling specific training and education. 
  • 100* hours (ICGC-I) clinical experience treating individuals with a gambling disorder and/or family members in an approved setting with a minimum number of 4 hours of sessions with an International Gambling Counselor Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). * BACC consultation requires a contractual agreement that may also have fees associated.
  • Signed statements from two co-workers. 
  • Signed statement from on-site clinical supervisor. 
  • Signed statement from Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). 
  • Signed application form, ethical statement forms and directory authorization form. 
  • Passing score on Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors.
  • Payment of $200 via credit card. 

Education & Training:

A minimum of 30 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 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.

Direct Contact Hours:

Minimum of 100 hours as a gambling counselor delivering direct treatment to individuals with problematic or disordered gambling and significant others, in a Board approved setting with an IGCCB Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). This can be fulfilled by 50%- or 125-hours volunteer work experience, the balance being paid experience.

Case Consultation Criteria:

Minimum guidelines for approved supervision/consultation should include at least 4 one-hour sessions. IGCCB clinical consultation may be done in person, by phone, by email, or as arranged between consultant and applicant.  Applicant may present properly documented past clinical work with individuals with disordered gambling and their family members for consideration by the IGCCB approved clinical consultant, and if accepted by the BACC (Board Approved Clinical Consultant) and the IGCCB, these hours may be credited toward the 100 experiential hours required for ICGC-I.  These should include a minimum caseload as agreed to with the BACC.  Clinical Consultant guidelines will include reporting forms, case presentation guidelines, and suggested minimum caseloads.

DEFINITIONS RELATED TO ICGC-I

  • Direct contact hours provided to individuals with a gambling disorder and significant others are defined as:
    • Face to face clock hours with gambling clients.
    • Face to face clock hours with individuals with a gambling disorder and/or their families.
    • All hours of documentation or consultation for gambling clients or family member to: 
    1. Client chart
    2. E.A.P./employer
    3. Counselor supervisor
    4. Referral agents/other mental health workers court/parole/probation officers
    • Any lengthy telephone interventions (30 min. or more, documented).
    • Assessments of clients for a gambling problem.
    • Preparation of discharge summaries, evaluations and/or aftercare plans for other agencies or care providers.
    • Review of disordered gambling cases to medical or clinical director.
    • Case management services to managed care providers or utilization review for gambling cases.
    • Psycho-educational sessions for individuals with a gambling disorder or their family members.
    • Treatment planning sessions with the treatment team.

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