Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee

Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification (WSGCC) Committee

Committee Members:

Brad Galvin, MS, LMHC, SUDP, ICGC-II – Committee Chair

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT, WSCGC-I

Harumi Hashimoto, MAC, LMHC, SUDP, ICGC-II, BACC

Dalis La Grotta, MA, LMHC, WSCGC-I, ICGC-II, BACC

Sarah Sense-Wilson, LMHC, SUDP, WSCGC-II

Non-Voting Committee Members:

Maureen Greeley, ECPG Executive Director – Committee Co-Chair

Tana Russell, SUDP, NCTTP, WSCGC-II, ECPG Assistant Director

Roxane Waldron, MPA, State Problem Gambling Program Manager (HCA/DBHR)

Mission, Scope of Work, and Goals

Mission Statement

To ensure that professionals certified to clinically treat those affected by problem gambling and Gambling Disorder, and their loved ones, with consideration of cultural diversity and with a social justice lens, meet the requirements established by the Committee.  

Scope of Work

To assure that Washington State Certified Gambling Counselors possess high standards of training, competence, skills, and knowledge, the Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee is committed to the following:

  1. To operate a system of evaluation, screening, and certification of Gambling Counselors in Washington State.
  2. To maintain the WSGCC Manual and revise with changes as needed to reduce barriers to Certification while maintaining high standards of professional care. 
  3. To evaluate applicants for credentials to ensure they meet the qualifications for Gambling Counselor Certification and make decisions in questionable cases.
  4. To ensure that this certification process is available to all interested applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
  5. To endorse a professional code of ethics.
  6. To maintain coordination and liaison with tribal communities, state officials, professional associations, and educational institutions to keep current with developments in the field of gambling treatment, and to periodically review, modify, update, and improve current standards of competence, skills, and knowledge.
  7. To maintain, through administrative services provided by ECPG, a registry of Certified Gambling Counselors in Washington State and maintain all necessary records of applicants.

2021-2022 Goals

  1. Increase number of Certified Gambling Counselors in Washington to 50, by end of 2022.
  2. Recruit people of diverse and underrepresented populations to become Certified Gambling Counselors.
  3. Increase Committee members’ knowledge and understanding in internet and video gaming disorders by their participation in gaming training where possible to increase knowledge and understanding of internet and video gaming disorders, including seeking the International Gaming Disorder Certificate.
  4. Assess possibility of adding a gaming focus and/or Certification to the mission or goals of the Certification Committee. 
  5. Support ECPG’s efforts to develop a Problem Gambling/Gaming Prevention Endorsement program by providing consultation and feedback for increasing prevention awareness and meeting the needs of diverse and underrepresented populations.

The State of Washington needs trained and experienced counselors for individuals and their family members affected by problem and disordered gambling.  In order to best treat this addiction, Gambling Counselors need specific training that addresses a broad range of issues presented by those affected by problem and disordered gambling.  The Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee reviews and approves applications and monitors the program and the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG) oversees the application and administrative processes.  The Gambling Counselor Certification Program was conceived by professionals in the treatment community to encourage and promote individuals to become Certified Problem Gambling Counselors, monitor and oversee the Certification Program, and review any questions and issues that arise with the Program.

Certification Committee The Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Committee members represent varied professional disciplines, which may include: Masters and PhD Degrees in Behavioral and Mental Health fields, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Certified Gambling Counselors (WSCGC, NCGC/ICGC). 

Download a copy of the Certification Manual

Washington State Gambling Counselor Certification Fee Schedule

Non-Refundable Fee TypeFee Amount
Initial Certification Application for Level I or Level II$150
Application for Level II, if currently Level I$50
Application for Gambling Counselor Clinical Supervisor$75
Certification Renewal (every 2 years)$75
Renewal late penalty (up to 60 days max grace period with written explanation and request)$50
Duplicate certificate$10
Inactive** renewal$35
Inactive renewal late penalty$35