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Gambling, Addictions and Mental Health 

Training provides the knowledge and skills necessary for participants to work effectively in the Addictions and Mental Health field.  This training is based on wholistic healing and the medicine wheel model and incorporates prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare strategies.  Counselling skills, self-development and community development initiatives will also be incorporated throughout the training. 

Community NNADAP and Mental Health Staff are the priority contacts for all Regional Gambling, Addictions and Mental Health Training.  Community Education Workshops and Community Front Line Training is developed upon request and is based on individual community and staff needs.  All training is based on feedback from community members staff and is evaluated each year by our program

Currently our specialized Gambling Addictions Training covers select topics from the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Gambling Counsellors Certification training. 

Past training modules have also included:   

Mental Health
Determinants of Health
Wholistic Healing and Wellness
Healthy Relationships
Compassion Fatigue/Stress, Burnout
Suicide Prevention
Conflict and Change
Support Group Development
Care for the Caregiver
Community Programs
Creative Circles

Phase 1 and Phase 2 - Gambling Counsellor’s Certification Training

Although both phases have compulsory modules, the program assisted with content development of the training module components to best meet the needs of NAN communities and staff.  This training provided a “hand on” approach to counselling.  At the request of community staff, this training reinforced counselling skills, prevention, intervention and treatment strategies. 

Phase 1 (30 hours) - This phase is designed at the entry level.  The information provided and the level of skills introduced are designed to provide counsellors with background information on gambling behaviours, levels of addiction, assessment models, impacts on families and communities, case management and professional responsibility and ethics.

Phase 2 (30 hours) – This phase is designed as a more advanced level.  This phase includes approaches to work with problem gamblers, development of treatment and recovery plans, financial management, grief work, and relapse prevention and growth groups.