Credential-building opportunity.

Official problem gambling treatment certification.

The MA Problem Gambling Specialist Certificate is the official gambling treatment certificate of the MA Department of Public Health.

The MA PGS Certificate recognizes professional experience, training, and understanding of gambling disorder, as informed by the DSM-V, among substance use disorder clinicians. It was created to help these clinicians understand and recognize the importance of screening, assessing, and treating gambling disorders among their clients. All certified and licensed substance use disorder clinicians are encouraged to meet the minimum requirements (described below) to receive a MA PGS Certificate so that they can address the needs of patients and clients with gambling disorders.

MA PGS Certification requirements

First-time applicant

  • Resumé that meets specified education/work requirements
  • 30 CEU hours of gambling-specific education
  • Proof of continued clinical supervision regarding problem gambling
  • $50 processing fee
  • Ethical code of conduct affirmation, disciplinary history form, and consent to release of information

Maintenance and renewal

  • 15 CEU hours of gambling-specific education
  • Proof of continued clinical supervision regarding problem gambling
  • $25 processing fee
  • Ethical Code of Conduct, Disciplinary History, and Consent to Release of Information

Additional detail about requirements:

Education/work requirements

Master’s or doctoral degree with one year of addiction-related clinically supervised experience, or a Bachelor’s degree with two years of addiction-related, clinically supervised experience, or a High school diploma with an internship and three years of addiction-related, clinically supervised experience.

Gambling-specific requirements

Supervision

Ongoing documented supervision regarding gambling-specific or addiction disorder cases with a supervisor. Required of both first-time applicants as well as those renewing. (This requirement is not necessary if you currently work as a clinical supervisor or an independent practitioner in private practice.) The letter from your supervisor must state that you receive regular clinical supervision and that problem gambling issues will be discussed as they arise with clients, and include:

  • A description of the applicant’s direct contact with supervision regarding gambling disorder and/or addiction cases. (Group or individual supervision is allowed, but time spent in staff meetings or administrative meetings is not.)
  • A description of the supervised work position and work setting/program during the clinical supervision.
  • The supervisor’s signature and/or sign-off on the supervision.
  • The supervisor’s professional qualifications.

CEUs

  • M-TAC trainings or other trainings that focus on gambling/co-occurring disorders can count towards the MA PGS.
  • 30 CEU hours of gambling-specific training that may include face-to-face or online trainings. Submitted CEUs will be reviewed by M-TAC. For those renewing or maintaining their MA PGS certificate, 15 CEU hours accrued within 2 years are required.

Ethical code of conduct and disciplinary history

Every clinician with a MA PGS certificate must affirm that they will adhere to the ethical code of conduct, outlined in the application. Additionally, they must complete a disciplinary history form.

List of fees

  • $50 – Initial Certification
  • $25 – Renewal
  • $75 – Lapsed Renewal

Instructions

1. Complete application form here (or download pdf form)

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2. Attach required documents

3. Complete payment

What does the MA PGS Certificate do for you?

  • Offers an easy way for you to demonstrate to others your professional experience and understanding of gambling disorders
  • Allows access to a community and discussion about gambling disorder treatment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Ensures that you get up-to-date information from M-TAC on research and resources, upcoming learning opportunities, and other professional development events
  • Allows your treatment agency or private practice to be qualified and referred as a problem gambling treatment provider through the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline

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Support your clients and build awareness about problem gambling with free materials in many languages. From wallet cards to workbooks, these resources help people understand the risks, how to make changes, and how resources like the Helpline can support them.