AACBT NSW Pub Discussion: Contemporary Approaches to Treating Problem Gambling

7 Aug 2017
- 7 Aug 2017
07:00 pm
- 08:00 pm
Bat and Ball
495 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW
Australia 2016
  • Cameron McIntosh
  • Katy O’Neill
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Contemporary Approaches to Treating Problem Gambling

Problem gambling treatments continue to develop, however, the literature in this area is not as vast as that for other addictions.

Come and hear about cutting-edge approaches to treating problem gambling, and a fascinating case study.tch this space for more info about this Pub Discussion with Dr Cameron McIntosh & Dr Katy O’Neill.

In this seminar we will aim to provide a brief clinician’s summary of the evidence-base for the major contemporary treatments that can be applied to problem gambling. We will also outline a case study of an eclectic treatment to suggest ways in which contemporary treatments may be applied to treating problem gambling.

Problem gambling treatments continue to develop, however, the literature in this area is not as vast as that for other addictions. As Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been refined, and so called ‘third-wave’ therapies have been developed to focus upon psychopatholgy over the last few decades, we have seen opportunities to apply some of these ‘newer’ techniques to problem gamblers in our clinic. Such a process is believed to have merit due to the success many of these approaches have reported with disorders that commonly appear comorbidly with problem gambling.

Healthy debate amongst clinicians about the contribution that some of the newer therapies bring to treatment beyond CBT is common in other areas as well as in problem gambling treatment. It is also very clear that the strategies of one therapy can easily overlap with the strategies of another, given the shared theoretical basis and common goal to improve treatment outcomes. There appears to be many ways to explain the same phenomenon, and given the diverse nature of individuals affected by problem gambling, there is also likely to be diversity in the way treatment is experienced by an individual.

A pub discussion is a relaxed opportunity to observe a presentation on an interesting topic related to cognitive behavioural therapy. There are opportunities for the willing to engage in a discussion relating to the topic towards the end of the presentation.