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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