Problem Gambling Services


Gambling is defined as the act of risking something of value (money, food, clothes, electronics, etc.) on a game of chance (bingo, lottery, dice, slot machine, sports, etc.) for the desired result.

Problem gambling occurs anytime gambling is causing problems in one’s life.  It is called “hidden addiction” because there are no visible signs. Unlike alcohol or drug addiction, you can’t visibly see the effects of someone’s gambling. Gambling Disorder is a more severe condition previously called pathological gambling.  In the most recent version of the DSM-5, it has been renamed to Gambling Disorder and classified in the category “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.”


    Gambling Definitions

    Distinctions between Problem Gambling and Gambling Disorder, as defined by OASAS, the DSM-V and the National Council on Problem Gambling.




Problem Gambling Professionals

Qualified Problem Gambling Professionals are addiction professionals who can document either a minimum of one year of experience in the treatment and/or clinical research of problem gambling, or who have completed the required problem gambling training.

Gambling Specialty Designation (GSD)

Problem Gambling Specialty Designation is available for any Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors, Credentialed Prevention Practitioners and/or Credentialed Prevention Specialists, interested in obtaining the credential to work with those surrounding problem gambling.

In addition to the required 60-hour and 30-hour core curriculum for CASAC and CPS/CPP respectively, OASAS offers additional learning opportunities to obtain credit towards Gambling Specialty Designation (GSD) renewals below. 


  • OASAS Training Catalog contains the core curriculum required for credentialled individuals who wish to obtain the Gambling Specialty Designations. 
  • The Learning Thursday gambling series features additional video training courses that fulfill renewal requirements for the Gambliing Specialty Designation (GSD)
  • Licensed practitioners working within the OASAS addiction treatment system are encouraged to participate in the following OASAS-approved learning opportunities. These courses may also fulfill clock-hour credits for credentialed individuals (CASAC, CPP/CPS):
    • The Application of Treatment Essentials for Problem Gambling 
      Leading experts in the field of problem gambling present research and educational resources to mitigate and address gambling disorder through this online training.

    • Motivational Interviewing 
      A 90-minute webinar provides a general introduction to Motivational Interviewing as it’s used in Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy. It includes a theoretical overview of Motivational Interviewing as well as specific interventions that can be used for the treatment of gambling disorder.

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      This 90-minute webinar serves as a primer to Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy and provides a basic overview of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and its application to gambling disorder.