Certificate Program – Gaming Health Specialist Certificate

Gambling and Gaming are common forms of entertainment across all age groups.  For a small but important percentage, these activities can become disordered and have a devastating effect to both the player and their loved ones. The Gaming Health Specialist Certificate is a result of ongoing efforts to help behavioral health clinicians understand and recognize the importance of screening, assessing and treating gambling and Internet gaming disorders within their current clinical populations.  This certificate provides the foundational knowledge needed to address problematic gambling and Internet gaming behaviors and meet the needs of a growing number of clients presenting with co-morbid disorders.

What are the benefits of a Gaming Health Specialist Certificate?

  • Offers others an easy way to comprehend your professional experience and understanding of the rapidly growing field of gambling, online gaming, and internet gaming disorder.
  • Ensures that you have up to date information from the MA Council on Gaming and Health regarding the latest research and educational opportunities.
  • Allows your treatment agency or private practice to be added to the MA Council on Gaming and Health’s Helpline & web-based referral lists.

Education and Work Requirements:  Master’s or doctoral degree with 1 year of addiction-related clinically supervised experience, or a – Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of addiction-related clinically supervised experience, or a – High School diploma with an internship and 3 years of addiction-related clinically supervised experience.

Specific Training Requirements:  30 CEU hours of gambling specific training that may include in-person or online training AND 15 CEU hours of internet gaming specific training that may include in-person or online training. The Mass Council on Gaming and Health holds a 30 Hour Institute on the Fundamentals of Gambling Disorder and a 15 Hour Institute on the Fundamentals of Gaming Disorder each Fall and Spring season. Please check the Training Calendar for upcoming trainings that can be used towards the completion of this Certificate.

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