Training: 2015 Problem Gambling Education Training


Individual Classes Available

Class Dates:
03/30/2015

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ASSESSMENT - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify appropriate questions to ask during assessment and avoid the pitfalls during assessment and treatment.

Course Goal: Participants will learn how to conduct a thorough assessment asking questions that illicit “change talk” from the client, while also avoiding the pitfalls that disempower and disengage the client.

Course Outline:

  • engage
  • how has problem impacted person’s life
  • pros and cons of gambling versus recovery
  • type of gambling
  • how much in gambling losses (make out an historical calendar)
  • how much debt
  • use SOGS questionnaire
  • build motivation
  • impact of problem on family
  • ongoing assessment through treatment
  • identifying underlying issues to problem gambling

Class Dates:
04/20/2015

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TREATMENT PLANNING - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Objective: Participants will be able to develop treatment goals based on the client’s needs and current level of motivation/readiness.

Course Goal: Participants will be able to devise a plan that is suited for the clients treatment needs.

Course Outline:

  • based on “where the client is at today”
  •  what changes does client want to make
  •  what kind of assistance is needed for change
  •  what will promote change
  •  barriers
  •  why change now?
  •  what will change look like for you in a year?
  •  short term and longer term goals
  •  goals related to underlying struggles to problem gambling

Class Dates:
05/18/2015

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NOTABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF A PROBLEM GAMBLER - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify how the unique characteristics of the problem gambler impacts recovery.

Course Goal:Participants will be become more familiar with the common characteristics or profile of the problem gambler.

Course Outline:

  • Self esteem issues
  • Their comfort zone is self defeat/losing
  • winning makes them feel important (“big shotitis”)
  • concept of chasing
  • charming and charismatic
  • common childhood neglect
  • need to escape or be distracted
  • can be very talkative
  • anxious
  • void of the physical damage other addictions cause
  • how the competitive nature of the problem gambler impacts recovery in a society that values competition

Class Dates:
06/15/2015

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USING COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY TO HELP WITH IRRATIONAL BELIEFS - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Objective: Participants will develop ways to effectively challenge these irrational beliefs and help the client develop more constructive cognitions related to their addiction.

Course Goal: Participants will develop an understanding of how knowing the odds can be utilized in a client’s recovery.

Course Outline:

  • talk about superstitions
  • ask how do you know when you are going to win?
  • explore the irrationality of money being tied to self identity/self esteem
  • help them identify more irrational thoughts when setting up to gamble
  • what self talk propels or fuels the gambling and how to interrupt or change it
  •        + i.e. “I’m hot I have to keep going” or “I’m cold, therefore I’m due”
  • get them to explore what they were thinking when they’ve gambled in the past
  • the use of memory or recall to understand the irrational beliefs

Class Dates:
09/21/2015

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WHAT DOES RECOVERY FOR A PROBLEM GAMBLER LOOK LIKE - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Goal: Participants will be able to identify the signs of progress in recovery as well as signs of regression or stagnation.

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify the signs of progress in recovery as well as signs of regression or stagnation.

Course Outline:

  • progress versus regression
  • once over the “hump” of change
  • dealing with success
  • communicating better with family
  • living with someone trusting of you
  • having money and less debt
  • accepting they’ve been had by the gambling establishments
  • need for instant gratification declines
  • the important “chase” has ceased
  • interested in other things
  • grateful for the assistance
  • partner is much happier
  • lying has either ceased or decreased significantly (old habits hard to break)

Class Dates:
10/05/2015

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FAMILY AND PROBLEM GAMBLING - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Goal: Participants will learn what the impact of problem gambling has on the family members and how recovery can begin.

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify the signs of family problems and how to assist them in their recovery.

Course Outline:

  • needs of the family •impact on family
  • family’s powerlessness and rage
  • traumatic experience based on shock and deception
  • clinician needs to validate family’s pain in treatment
  • clinician can benefit from understanding PTSD and provide education
  • spouse often needs to manage finances with all documents going to them
  • teach the problem gambler what to expect from the spouse in treatment
  • + i.e. traumatic memories will persist, mistrust will persist
  • codependency versus assertiveness

Class Dates:
11/30/2015

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PROBLEM GAMBLING: COUPLES COUNSELING - 2015 (1 hours)

Course Goal: Participants will learn what the impact of problem gambling has on the spouse/partner and how recovery can begin.

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify the problems in a relationship that has been affected by problem gambling as well as how to help their clients rebuild that relationship.

Course Outline:

  • foundation of a relationship •general elements of trust in a relationship
  • the impact of problem gambling on the partner
  • how trust is broken
  • choices to make
  • cultivating trust
  • managing the partner’s traumatic experience
  • individual needs versus relationship needs
  • black and white issues versus grey areas in relationships
  • compromise versus sacrifice
  • how both partners can manage change/deepened intimacy
  • normal push/pull responses during recovery
  • how a person’s overall self-image affects the relationship
  • who handles the finances