Problem Gambling Counselor Certification
Gambling options in Kansas are more numerous than ever, while the consequences of problem gambling are significant and under-recognized. It is estimated that 1% of adults are pathological gamblers, and about 3% are problem gamblers. In Kansas, that would include 84,000 adults. Problem gambling is estimated to cost society about $7 billion each year, including bankruptcies, divorce, crime, and job loss. For this reason, it is important to have trained professionals available and ready to offer assistance.
Kansas State Certification
The Kansas Problem Gambling Counselor Certification and Application process is overseen by the Kansas Department of Behavioral and Health Services. Problem gambling services, for which state reimbursement is sought, must be provided by individuals who meet certain provider qualifications and certification requirements
Behavioral Health Services Licensing and Certification
c/o Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
New England Building
503 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka KS 66603-3404
In 1984 the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) program was developed to promote a competency-based certification program for professionals treating problem and pathological gamblers and their families. The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) oversees the credential.