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A cognitive behavioural therapy program for problem gambling; therapist manual.


A cognitive behavioural therapy program for problem gambling; therapist manual.

Raylu, Namrata and Tian Po Oei.



253 pages




A pioneer in using cognitive behavioral therapy in alcohol and other addiction, Oei joins fellow addiction specialist Raylu (both psychology, U. of Queensland) in showing how the approach can help treat addiction to gambling as well as to substances. After an overview of the program and a review of the literature on gambling treatment, they walk therapists through 10 sessions, and three further elective sessions on assessment, psychoeducation and self-management strategies to stabilize gambling, cognitive restructuring, relaxation and imaginal exposure, problem solving and goal-setting skills training, managing negative emotions, preventing relapse and maintaining therapeutic gains, assertiveness skills training, getting out of debt, and teaching significant others strategies for coping or dealing with the gambler's behavior. Work sheets and exercise sheets are provided.

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Date:Dec 1, 2010
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