This book is a treatment manual providing guidance for therapists treating clients with gambling addictions. In this book the authors use a cognitive behavioural approach and provide a session by session guide for overcoming problem gambling. Essential topics covered include: assessment and psychoeducation cognitive behavioural strategies to stabilize gambling identifying and challenging thinking errors relaxation and imaginal exposure problem solving and goal setting managing negative emotions relapse prevention: maintaining a balanced lifestyle and coping with high risk situations A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for Problem Gambling supplies detailed information to help the therapist and client understand gambling behaviours, as well as practical advice on techniques that can be used with the client to change these behaviours. This practical guide includes handouts and exercises that can be downloaded by purchasers of the print edition. It will provide helpful guidance for addiction counsellors and therapists worldwide.
Overview. Review of the Problem Gambling Treatment Literature. Session One: Assessment. Session Two: Psychoeducation and Self-management Strategies to Stabilize Gambling. Session Three: Cognitive-restructuring I: Identifying Gambling Specific Thinking Errors. Session Four: Cognitive-restructuring II: Challenging Gambling Specific Thinking Errors. Session Five: Cognitive-restructuring III: Identifying and Challenging Other/General Thinking Errors. Session Six: Relaxation and Imaginal Exposure. Session Seven: Problem Solving and Goal Setting Skills Training. Session Eight: Management of Negative Emotions. Session Nine: Relapse Prevention and Maintenance of Therapeutic Gains I: Balanced Lifestyle. Session Ten: Relapse Prevention and Maintenance of Therapeutic Gains II: Coping with High Risk Situations. Elective Session: Assertiveness Skills Training. Elective Session: Getting Out of Debt. Elective Session: Teaching Significant Others Strategies to Cope/Deal with the Gambler's Behaviors. Appendices.