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An Intensive Course on Gambling Counselling


Jointly organised by the Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation (CCGR) and the Social Work Professional Practice Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University


In view of the relaxation of gambling laws in the UK, it is expected that the number of pathological gamblers will increase. Hence, in order to meet the demand for the service provided by the CCGR, the CCGR has organised a training programme to equip more workers to take up this Christian service.

  1. To promote the participants’ understanding of pathological gambling, including the definition, development and causation of pathological gambling.

  2. To equip participants with knowledge and techniques in assessing and treating pathological gamblers and their families, and

  3. To learn about preventive strategies.


Target Participants:

Church leaders, pastoral staff, teachers, social workers, medical professionals, counsellors and lay Christians wishing to play a part in the gambling rehabilitation ministry.


Training Team:

  1. Dr Wong Lai Kuen Irene, Assistant Professor, Co-ordinator of Responsible Gaming Training and Gambling Counselling, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  2. Professor Robert Ladouceur, Professor, International Consultant and Trainer of Gambling Psychologists, Head of Department of Psychology, University of Laval, Quebec, Canada.


Medium of Instruction:

English (supplemented by Mandarin or Cantonese)



Lectures, VCD, case studies, discussion, role-plays, class exercises and interviews with gamblers.


Course Length:

60 Hours (including 40 hours classroom lectures, 12.5 hours fieldwork and agency visits, and 7.5 hours for completing exercises, course assignments and literature review or self-study)


Course Dates:

Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July 2007; Classes from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm


Course Fee:

£600.00 (A deposit of £100 to be paid upon confirmation of successful application. The deposit is not refundable. The balance must be paid by 2 April 2007 as required by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University)



Chinese Methodist Church, King’s Cross, London, UK



12.5 hours of practicum and related written assignment (i.e. an assessment report on a problem gambler’s problems)


Certificate of Attendance:

To be issued to participants who have attended all the training sessions and have fulfilled other course requirements (e.g. class exercises, home assignments and fieldwork)


Application Forms
and other details:

Available from Mr Peter Chan, CCGR, Tel. 020 7833 8626 or email:


Closing date:

Saturday 17 March 2007



  1. Eligible members may apply for registration as an Associate Gambling Counsellor at the Canadian Council for Professional Certification.
  2. To assist participants in meeting the eligibility criteria of the Canadian Council, a Generic Counselling Course will be held on 27-29 June 2007 (details available from CCGR). This is the foundation course for the Intensive Course on Gambling Counselling. The participants who have completed a degree course on social work, counselling, or psychology are not required to attend the Generic Counselling Course.


A Certificate Course on Generic Counselling – Please click here for more information about this course