Are you interested in learning more about compulsive gambling? Do you provide education or problem gambling treatment services?
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling provides training and education as well as information and research resources to help educators and treatment professionals identify and care for people whose lives are affected by problem gambling. The organization leads workshops, an Annual Conference, Think Tanks and offers technical assistance and Trainings for Clinicians, leading to compulsive gambling counselor certificates and certifications. For more information, please visit the calendar of events.
Resources for professionals include two screening tools that clinicians can use to identify potential gambling problems in their clients -- a 2-Question Screening Tool from the Lie/Bet questionnaire for screening pathological gamblers and a 4-Question Screening Tool based on the revised CAGE. The Council has also developed a 5-Question Screening Tool that is helpful for professionals in the financial services industry to use with their clients.
The Council offers a curriculum for middle school students entitled, Facing the Odds, the Mathematics of Gambling and Other Risks, developed by Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions and The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Other tools available for educators include the Council's student brochure entitled Students: Know the Limit and The Big Win, an educational video which focuses on high school student gambling and is available to interested schools and organizations. Student problem gambling posters and student newspaper and student radio public service ads are also available upon request.
In addition, The Mass. Council offers literature, posters, print and audio-visual materials, newsletters, articles, taped interviews and press releases to the public at no cost. The comprehensive Mass. Council Resource Library is a valuable source of information for all people interested in learning more about problem gambling.