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STUDIES IN GAMBLING ADDICTION—60 Hours

Counseling the Disordered Gambler

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of the winning phase in the progression of a gambling disorder.
  • Identify three signs of the desperation phase.
  • Integrate the concept of 'the bailout' into a treatment plan for a disordered gambling client.
  • Recognize the critical component of ‘avoidance’ in the recognition and treatment of disordered gambling.
  • Identify maladaptive behavior and thinking as it relates to the addiction process.
  • Differentiate between the motives for gambling among different gambler types.
  • Identify the various types of gamblers.
  • Identify your own belief system about winning as it relates to superstition and magical thinking.
  • Describe how the cognitive development of an individual aids in the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Explain the feature, ‘poor problem solving skills’ in the development of disordered gambling.
  • Explore their personal value system as it relates to gambling.
  • Identify how low self-esteem may be considered a core feature of a gambling disordered client.
  • Compare the relationship between impulsiveness and avoidance in the development of disordered gambling.
  • Integrate the underlying personality dynamics in assessing disordered gambling.
  • Explain the importance of looking at the entire psychosocial environment when assessing disordered gambling.
  • Identify two models for understanding the functioning of the gambler.
  • Identify methods for assessing the gambler, and list the major assessment tools.
  • Complete an initial assessment and formal diagnosis of a disordered gambler.
  • Demonstrate how DSM-5 Criteria and GA Twenty Questions are used in diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between other disorders and disordered gambling.
  • Discuss the five stages of the grieving process.
  • Integrate the concept of unresolved grief into your understanding of the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Assess the concept of substitute satisfaction and its role in the development of the gambling disorder.
  • Describe the phases of the Miller Treatment Model.
  • Critique the importance of this model in the treatment of a disordered gambler.
  • Apply this concept to a disordered gambling case.
  • Identify specific learning interventions for disordered gamblers in a treatment setting.
  • Develop a therapeutic cognitive approach in dealing with a disordered gambler.
  • Identify significant psychological factors in the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Integrate working treatment plan skills.
  • Restate the rationale for avoiding discussions about gambling, e.g. the odds of winning, in a treatment setting.
  • List four elements that identify improved problem solving skills for disordered gamblers.
  • Examine the role that unmet needs and substitute satisfaction play in the disordered gambling client's life.
  • Trace the gambler's unresolved grief episodes to the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Identify three early family history patterns and examine their relationship to the gambling disorder.
  • Trace the gambler's cycle of rebellion, guilt & shame and conformity.
  • Describe the 'Teflon' phase and the 'Velcro' phase of rebellion & conformity in a disordered gambling client.
  • List the goals of the Rebellion Stage & Conformity Stage.
  • Identify seven elements of the gambler's dissociative experience.
  • List six signs of a pleasure experience.
  • Restate two core factors leading to disordered gambling.
  • Identify four hazards to functioning for the disordered gambler.
  • Explain the recommended treatment interventions based on strengths and needs in the area of personal, interpersonal, vocational, financial, and legal.
  • Diagram the significant stress source in the client's life and the implications for treatment.
  • Identify behaviors and patterns evidenced during the Assessment & Diagnosis: Advanced Questionnaire
  • Utilize articles to summarize legal thinking on disordered gambling sentencing.
  • State impressions of client drawn from the House-Tree-Person projective test.
  • Examine significant experiences related to money.
  • Apply attitudes and feelings about money related to treatment of disordered gambling client.
  • Apply attitudes to counseling practice with disordered gambling clients.
  • Identify the two reasons for the client's distressing affect.
  • Discuss the importance of isolation of affect.
  • List five personality vulnerabilities in this type of gambler.
  • List eight thinking patterns the gambler uses to deny reality.
  • Explain three reasons why ’affect’ is distressing to the disordered gambler.
  • Analyze the active/passive dimension of the psychodynamic concepts of the disordered gambler.
  • Assess the roles of physical reality and emotional reality in the understanding and treatment of the impulsive disordered client.
  • Identify two crucial capacities an individual should develop in attain maturity.
  • Recall three elements of the ‘Impulsive Style’.

 

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