How to Obtain Your GAMB Endorsement
Those interested in treating disordered gambling in Ohio must obtain the Gambling Endorsement (GAMB) through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board or add it to their scope of competency through the Ohio Social Worker, Counselor, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
Applicants must complete 30 gambling-specific continuing education hours with a minimum of four hours in each of the four domains, with half of these hours occurring within the past five years. Upon receiving the required hours, an individual can apply for the Preliminary GAMB Endorsement.
Once the Preliminary GAMB has been acquired, the Renewable GAMB must be applied for within two years. The requirements for the Renewable GAMB include the completion of 100 hours of gambling disorder direct clinical experience and 4 hours of supervision from a supervisor with gambling treatment competency. Direct clinical experience can include:
- Direct clinical care
- Discussing gambling disorder inside of group settings such as IOP groups
- Completing clinical assessments that include screens for gambling disorder
After receiving the Renewable GAMB, clinicians need to complete 6 hours of gambling-specific education every two years to renew the endorsement with their license.
PGNO is here to help you complete your GAMB endorsement. Through the Gambling Disorder Stages Series, you will be able to receive 30 hours of gambling-specific education, from an overview of gambling disorder and Ohio's treatment services to treatment methods and treatment modalities presented by field experts. We also Virtual Gambling Supervision & Consultation Meetings every other month to meet the need for competent supervision.
For questions about the GAMB Endorsement, email Claire Spada, Workforce Development Program Manager, at CSpada@PGNOhio.org. You can find more information about the GAMB Endorsement as well as all necessary paperwork on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board website.
Visit PGNOhio.org/Events to sign up for training and supervision opportunities.
Who Can Provide Gambling Treatment Services?
|Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board||Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board||Ohio Board of Psychology||International Gambling Counselor Certification Board|
|LCDCII-GAMB*||LSW***||Active clinical psychologist**||ICGC-I|
* Under proper supervision
** Under proper supervision with demonstrated competency, defined as 30 hours of gambling-specific education, 100 hours of gambling-specific clinical experience, and 4 hours of clinical supervision
*** With demonstrated competency, defined as 30 hours of gambling-specific education, 100 hours of gambling-specific clinical experience, and 4 hours of clinical supervision