Course Catalogue

ACORN provides five main categories of courses. You may access all five categories or select the one that best matches your interests and continuing education needs.

Problem Gambling Counselor Certification Track

Consistent with Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) requirements for CGAC I certification, ACORN offers 60 hours of continuing professional education in problem gambling treatment. These include the 30-hour, real-time Precertification course, as well as two options for advanced training: 1) the on-demand, 30-hour Working with Families in Problem Gambling Treatment course or 2) the hybrid, 30-hour Advanced Training for Problem Gambling Counselors. 

Those seeking CGAC II certification may select either of the two advanced training options to fulfill MHACBO certification requirements. OHA PGS recommends completing both advanced training options at some point. The advanced training options are free for those living or working in Oregon.

Click here to access certification track courses.

Who Should Attend

  • mental health counselors (MHC/LPC);

  • social workers (SW/LSW/LCSW);

  • art therapists (AT/LAT);

  • marriage and family therapists (MFT/LMFT);

  • problem/disordered gambling treatment providers;

  • Certified Gambling Addiction Counselors (CGAC);

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC);

  • mental health treatment supervisors and consultants;

  • prevention specialists; and

  • agency administrators and program managers.

What Is Included

Each course includes a series of topics, also known as modules. Videos, presentations, readings, and/or sample handouts are provided under each module. You are free to take as much time as you need to review these resources. Once you have reviewed and mastered the content of each module, you will be required to pass a short quiz before proceeding to the next module. You must pass all of the quizzes before you are eligible for verification that you have successfully completed a course.

We suggest you take your time, view content as many times as you like, and access suggested readings and resources when possible. It is not necessary to complete a course in a single sitting. You are free to open and close a course as many times as you like.

We ask you to have an open attitude as you go through ACORN courses. At times it may seem as if we are reviewing what you already know. However, paying close attention is likely to provide an opportunity to realize subtle differences and important nuances in mental health treatment and supervision. Finally, we hope you enjoy this learning format and that ACORN courses support your many contributions to clients, and agencies.

ACORN Accreditation

ACORN has been approved by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) and the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) to provide continuing education courses. Additionally, ACORN has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7274. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACORN is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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