Core Competencies for Disordered Gambling Counsellors: A Modified Delphi Study
Keywords:core competencies, disordered gambling counsellors
Counselling for disordered gambling has emerged as a unique professional field. Research and literature on treatment approaches and best practices has burgeoned over the past 30 years. This has included the development of journals, field-specific conferences, and professional training programs specifically dedicated to understanding and treating gambling problems. Mental health professionals are now expected to master field specific knowledge and undergo supervision prior to engaging in problem gambling counselling. In this paper, we share the results of a modified Delphi study in which 45 experts reached agreement on core competencies for problem gambling treatment providers. A total of 166 core competencies were endorsed as high agreement items. The authors share implications and the potential usefulness of core competencies for problem gambling counsellor professional preparation, workforce development, and quality of care.
Le counseling consacré au jeu pathologique est devenu un domaine professionnel à part entière. Depuis une trentaine d’années, les travaux de recherche sur les approches et les pratiques exemplaires en matière de traitement ont connu un véritable essor. Ainsi, on a vu apparaître des revues, des conférences spécialisées et des programmes de formation dédiés à l’analyse des problèmes de jeu et à leur traitement. Aujourd’hui, les professionnels de la santé mentale intéressés par ce domaine doivent acquérir des connaissances précises sur le sujet et travailler sous la supervision d’un spécialiste avant de s’y consacrer. Cet article présente les résultats d’une enquête Delphi modifiée à laquelle ont participé 45 spécialistes qui se sont mis d’accord sur les compétences de base à exiger des fournisseurs de traitement. Au total, 166 compétences font l’objet d’un large consensus. Les auteurs discutent des implications découlant de l’enquête, de l’utilité éventuelle des compétences de base en matière de formation professionnelle, de perfectionnement de la main-d’œuvre et de qualité des soins.
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