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HSER 333 Problem Gambling

This course presents a historic overview of gambling and describes gambling addiction and the variety of ways in which it manifests itself in society. The course will also identify diagnostic criteria and treatment strategies for the pathological gambler and how gambling impacts family, society, and crime. When the academic coursework is completed to satisfy Minnesota statute 2005 chapter 148C, this course would be credited toward the 270 hours needed for chemical dependency licensure and the 60 hours needed to meet provider status in the state of Minnesota.

Special information

Overlap: HSER 333.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 1, 2021 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Define gambling typologies.
  • Explain the criteria for identifying a pathological gambler.
  • Identify 10 signs and symptoms of pathological gambling.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences of substance use disorders and pathological gambling.
  • Describe the impact of gambling on the individual, family and society.
  • Compare and contrast how gambling impacts the individual and society.
  • Identify the stages of gambling from abstinence to addiction.
  • List the stages of recovery from problem gambling.
  • Articulate their own behavioral choices and guidelines for gambling.
  • Discuss technology and or process addictions.
  • Understand the empirical relationship with problem gambling and mental disorders.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Problem Gambling Johnson, Craig R. Spading, Kevin C Books for HSER-333-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HSER-333-50 Spring 2024