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Title: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for problem gamblers: Examining the key components to success
Contributor(s): Tolchard, Barry  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: CBT is recognised at the most successful non-pharmacological treatment for problem gamblers. However, debate surrounds the true efficacy of the approach especially in light of the inconsistency in which CBT is applied and reported. All too often research purporting to offer CBT frequently use a mixed models or integrative approaches. This leads to it being unclear which components are responsible for the therapeutic change. This paper will examine the evidence supporting Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) with problem gamblers. The core components of CBT, as used with problem gamblers, will be further highlighted and a comparison across published studies made. Data will be presented from the authors' own practice and compared against published data where CBT is the main treatment approach. A Cognitive-Behavioral model of problem gambling will be formulated. This model will be used to inform a unified CBT approach that will assist therapists when choosing to treat gamblers using CBT. It will be argued that this approach will offer a common person-centred formulation driven model of treatment that sticks to the fundamental principles of CBT.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 4th International Gambling Conference: Shaping the Future of Gambling - Positive Change through Policy, Practice and Research, Auckland, New Zealand, 22nd - 24th February, 2012
Source of Publication: 4th International Gambling Conference Abstracts, p. 37-37
Publisher: Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Maori Public Health, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 111710 Health Counselling
111714 Mental Health
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 420307 Health counselling
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
920410 Mental Health
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200202 Evaluation of health outcomes
200409 Mental health
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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