Specialty Certification in Problem Gambling
The Specialty Certification in Problem Gambling (SCPG) is overseen by the NMCPG to implement a comprehensive certification program for behavioral health professionals treating gambling disorders in the State of New Mexico. The SCPG is a voluntary process initiated by qualified behavioral health professionals interested in completing the certification and application process.
In order to ensure a body of qualified and competent behavioral health professionals working in the field of clinical treatment for problem gamblers (i.e. pathological gamblers), their families, and vulnerable youth, the NMCPG strives to fulfill the following goals:
- Ensure high standards of training, skills, and knowledge.
- Provide a system of screening, certification, and evaluation for the SCPG.
- Maintain current credentials for Provisional / Certified Gambling Counselors providing problem gambling treatment and prevention services to problem gamblers, their families, and vulnerable youth in the State.
- Make the SCPG available to all interested applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
- Work closely with local, state, and national responsible gambling advocates to ensure the appropriate amount of training and education is obtained by behavioral health professionals treating and preventing gambling addictions (i.e. ludomania).
- Represent a knowledgeable point of contact for SCPG research initiatives.
- Maintain a directory of current Provisional / Certified Gambling Counselors in the State.
The minimum eligibility requirements for the SCPG are:
- Proof of current certificate or license issued by the State to provide mental health or chemical dependency services to the public or credentials that demonstrate proficiency as a Native American treatment provider.
- Documentation for professionally supervised post-certification or post-licensure experience providing mental health or chemical dependency treatment services.
- One professional letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague demonstrating familiarity with the applicant’s high standards of competence, skills, and / or knowledge in a behavioral health field.
- 12 hours of gambling specific continuing education units (CEUs) within two years of provisional status date for Provisional Gambling Counselors (PGC) or 40 hours of gambling specific CEUs for Certified Gambling Counselors (CGC). Note: PGCs are required to earn an additional 28 gambling specific CEUs within two years of their provisional status date. Failure to meet this requirement will result in disqualification from the SCPG.
- Both PGC and CGC are required to complete and submit six gambling specific CEUs every year to maintain the SCPG.
- Candidates who fulfill the requirements for the SCPG are listed in the NMCPG's directory of Problem Gambling Counselors and they can receive referrals from the NMCPG problem gambling helpline.