Overcoming Pathological Gambling: Therapist Guide

Paperback | February 28, 2007

byRobert Ladouceur, Stella Lachance

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As gambling becomes more prevalent and more accessible in our society, pathological gambling is growing as a serious problem. In most instances, excessive gambling negatively affects a persons home, social, and professional life, as well as leads to serious financial trouble. In repeatedtrials, cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven an extremely effective treatment for this problem. Written by the developers of an empirically supported CBT program for the treatment of pathological gambling, this guide includes all the information and materials necessary to implement successful treatment. Most pathological gamblers exhibit misconceptions or erroneous beliefs about the nature ofgambling, believing they can beat the system. One of the central points of focus of this treatment is to help clients correct these beliefs and understand the true nature of games of chance. The authors provide step-by-step instructions for clinicians to help clients understand all of the facets of their problem. In addition to correcting erroneous beliefs about gambling, this program teaches problem solving skills, self-assessment techniques, and trigger recognition and avoidance.Designed to be used in conjunction with the corresponding workbook, this guide provides results not only in supervised therapy, but in long-term relapse prevention as well.

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As gambling becomes more prevalent and more accessible in our society, pathological gambling is growing as a serious problem. In most instances, excessive gambling negatively affects a persons home, social, and professional life, as well as leads to serious financial trouble. In repeatedtrials, cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven a...

Robert Ladouceur and Stella Lachance are both at the School of Psychology, Universite Laval.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.81 × 9.88 × 0.39 inPublished:February 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195317033

ISBN - 13:9780195317039

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Therapists2. Pre-treatment AssessmentMotivational Enhancement. 3. Session 1Behavioral Interventions. 4. Sessions 2 and 3Cognitive Interventions. 5. Session 46. Sessions 5-77. Sessions 8-10Relapse Prevention. 8. Sessions 11 and 129. Post-treatment Assessment10. Follow-up Assessments11. Difficulties Related to the TreatmentAppendix - Diagnostic Interview on Pathological Gambling. About the Authors.

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"An excellent guide and workbook to assist therapists in the treatment of pathological gambling."--PsycCRITIQUES