Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AD 111
Course Title:
Gambling and Addiction I
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Course Description

Presents an overview of gambling addiction and evidence-based practices that have been demonstrated to contribute to successful gambling addiction treatment. This is the first course of a two-course class sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge of gambling addiction to deliver accurate information to individuals and/or groups.
2. Use an understanding of evidenced based gambling addiction treatment strategies and resources to serve as a referral source for individuals who are addicted to gambling.
3. Meet the Addiction Counseling Certification Board of Oregon educational requirements for 2 hours of education for each of the following: Gambling Client Assessment/Intake, Gambling Financial Planning & Budgeting, Gambling Counseling (Individual, Group, Family), Gambling Casemanagement, Professional Responsibility and Ethics, Crisis Intervention, Co-occurring Disorders.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. An assessment process that will extract information from lectures, readings and other multimedia presentations via a test of a basic understanding of the targeted concepts.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Definition, Prevalence and Societal Impact of Problem Gambling.
2. Neurochemistry of Gambling Addiction
3. Screening and Diagnostic Tools for problem/compulsive gambling.
4. Consequences of Problematic Gambling
5. Evidenced Based Approaches to Gambling Addiction
6. Relapse Triggers
7. Working with family members
8. Cultural Issues
9. Trauma Informed and Wellness Informed Services.
10. Self-Help Groups, local and national resources.