Training: Deception and Self-Deception in Clients with Gambling Disorder

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Course Outline

Irrational Beliefs, Psychological Defenses and Deception and Self-Deception among Clients with Gambling Disorder (GD)

Motives for Lying and Types of Lying

Lying and Personality Disorders among those with GD

Impact of Lying on Family Members


Educational Goal(s)

Lying to individuals who are important to them, is a diagnostic criteria for those with gambling disorder.  This emphasized the importance of recognizing the centrality of deception and well as self-deception in this disorder.  This webinar will look at ways that those with GD engage in deceiving themselves and others as a way to protect and maintain their gambling behavior.  Particularly the four following goals will be focused on:

To describe typical irrational beliefs among those with gambling disorder and how they contribute to self-deception.

To describe ways psychological defense mechanisms contribute to self-deception among those with GD

To discuss motives for lying and how these relate to various personality disorders common among those with GD

To discuss the impact of lying on family members of those with GD


Educational Objective(s)

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

1.              Recognize at least 3 common irrational beliefs held by those with GD and how they contribute to self-deception.

2.            Describe at least 2 common psychological defense mechanisms and how they may be used by those with GD to deceive themselves and keep from seeing reality clearly.

3.            Understand the motives for lying among those with GD and how personality disorders may influence these motives

4.            Describe at least 4 ways in which lying impacts family members of those with GD.