California Certified Gambling Counselor (CCGC-I) Overview


The passing of California Proposition 1A led to an unprecedented expansion of legalized gambling in California. Recognizing that an ever-increasing need for gambling counselors was developing, the California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) developed and taught the first problem gambling treatment class for counselors in California in the year 2000.

What is CCGC?
CCGC stands for California Certified Gambling Counselor. CCGCs receive intensive 30-hour classroom training, perform extensive supervised counseling and meet various other requirements prior to earning certification.  Upon completion of the comprehensive and only certification program for gambling counselors in California, they are well-prepared to counsel Problem Gamblers and their loved ones.

Since 2000, CCPG has continued to teach and certify gambling counselors in California; however, with the demand for treatment of gamblers and their families increasing daily, there remains an ever-growing need for competent gambling counselors.

Why Get Certified?
Are you looking for continuing education which will help you provide the highest standard of care for your clients? Have you had to refer patients to other providers for gambling treatment? Are you interested in receiving referrals from the state 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) helpline? Would you like an additional certification to add to your credentials?

Becoming a CCGC will help you with all of the above as you join the select group of highly qualified professionals certified to treat problem gamblers and their families within California!

What are the Benefits of Certification?
There are many benefits of certification, from both a social and business perspective:

Social Benefit

Business Benefit

Help those harmed by problem gambling

Enhance your ability to treat patients

Improve quality of life for loved ones of gamblers

    Receive client referrals from 1-800-GAMBLER

Reduce impact of PG in community

Increase potential customer base

Reduce social costs ($8B/year!)

Earn a new credential!

How Do I Get Certified?
If you are interested in becoming a CCGC, please download the CCGC-I Overview & Cost Schedule and/or contact CCPG at 714-765-5804 for more information. If you have already completed the 30 hour training, you can download the forms to become a CCGC-I here.

Continuing Education and Training Hours/Credit Information:
Classes meet the qualifications of Continuing Education Credit for CADC, CAS, MFT and LCSW, etc as required by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.

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