Beating the odds: Preparing graduates to address gambling-related problems


As gambling opportunities proliferate, social workers are likely to see clients with gambling-related problems, but they often lack the expertise to address these concerns. This descriptive study assessed the inclusion of content on gambling-related problems in graduate social work curricula. Responses to an online survey from 86 (43.7%) of the 197 accredited MSW programs were received. Thirty-three (38.4%) schools include gambling-related content typically taught in an addictions, mental health, or practice course. Fifty-three (61.6%) lacked such content, noting a lack of faculty expertise, low-priority content, and the lack of interest in gambling-related issues. Recommendations are offered as to how to infuse gambling identification, treatment, and policy content in social work curricula.

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