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Center for Gambling Studies

Welcome to the Center for Gambling Studies (CGS) at Rutgers School of Social Work. Founded in 2007, CGS is the only gambling studies center in a school of social work and one of a few such centers in the U.S., and the world.

Our mission is two-fold: to drive global decision-making on gambling-related issues by conducting strategic, non-partisan research and policymaking that is international and multidisciplinary, and to benefit individuals and families adversely affected by gambling problems by initiating innovative training and intervention programs.

We invite you to learn more about our projects and programs here


Policymaking and Harm Reduction

We have undertaken a number of evaluations related to prevention, informed choice, and harm reduction. We welcome the opportunity to work with public and private sector partners on issues related to responsible gambling, gambling policy and impacts, social media and online gambling, and other current policy issues.

Counselor and Student Training and Development

The center actively sponsors gambling trainings that meet standards set by International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) of the National Council on Problem Gambling. New training opportunities, when available, will be posted here.

The center is affiliated with Rutgers School of Social Work Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program, a collaboration that began with New Jersey’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Rutgers Center on Alcohol Studies. The ACT certificate program is open to master’s and doctoral-level clinicians who wish to become licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors (LCADC) in the State of New Jersey. The program provides a six-course curriculum that covers all five domains of the education hours needed for the LCADC license in New Jersey.

CGS also welcomes the opportunity to mentor doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in behavioral addictions. For more information, contact us.

Global and Community Partnerships

CGS has established research and policy making partnerships with leaders internationally. In addition, we regularly are invited to work with community organizations, treatment providers, governmental entities, and representatives of the gambling industry. It is our policy to work with all stakeholders who are committed to promoting responsible gambling behaviors and minimizing adverse impacts of problem gambling. Please contact us with collaboration opportunities.

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