Disciplines:
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • James P. Whelan, PhD
  • Timothy A. Steenbergh, PhD
  • Andrew W. Meyers, PhD
Workbook Author:
  • Julie Guillemin, MSW, LICSW
Item#: B4021
Contents: 1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (16 pages)

Problem and Pathological Gambling


Price $39.95
Item # B4021
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This intermediate-level course provides comprehensive information about problem and pathological gambling. Issues relevant to the diagnosis and assessment for this behavioral addiction including comorbidity are thoroughly explored. Guided-Self-Change for Gambling (GSCG) a research-based cognitive behavioral treatment approach is presented and the tools necessary for treatment implementation are provided.

Social workers will receive 4 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Ashley, L. L., & Boehlke, K. K. (2012). Pathological gambling: A general overview. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(1), 27–37. Abstract retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.2012.662078#.VGJaZfnF98E

Christensen, D. R., Dowling, N. A., Jackson, A. C., Brown, M., Russo, J., Francis, K. L., & Umemoto, A. (2013). A proof of concept for using brief dialectical behavior yherapy as a treatment for problem gambling. Behaviour Change, 30(2), 117–137. Abstract retrieved from http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8887606&fileId=S0813483913000107

Cunningham, M. A., Hodgins, D. C., & Toneatto, T. (2014). Relating severity of gambling to cognitive distortions in a representative sample of problem gamblers. Journal of Gambling Issues, 29, 1–6. doi:10.4309/jgi.2014.29.2

Ferland, F., Ladouceur, R., Giroux, I., Savard, C., Ruel, S., Leclerc, M., & Guimond, F. (2013). Evaluation of the quality of services provided by a gambling helpline: An empirical study. Journal of Gambling Issues, 28, 1–11. doi:10.4309/jgi.2013.28.9

Grant, J. E., & Odlaug, B. L. (2014). Diagnosis and treatment of gambling disorder. In K. P. Rosenberg & L. C. Feder (Eds.), Behavioral addictions: Criteria, evidence, and treatment (pp. 35–60). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. (2014). Veterans: Gambling disorders treatment and prevention. Retrieved from http://www.masscompulsivegambling.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Veterans-Gambling-Disorders-Treatment-and-Prevention.pdf

Richard, D. C. S., Blaszczynski, A., & Nower, L. (Eds.). (2014). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of disordered gambling. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons.

Tolchard, B., & Battersby, M. (2013). Treatment completion in a cognitive behaviour therapy service for problem gamblers: Clinical outcome study. Addiction Research and Therapy, 4(5). doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000165

Winfree, W. R., Ginley, M. K., Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2014). Psychometric evaluation of the gambling self-efficacy questionnaire with treatment-seeking pathological gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication. Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25180557

Zorland, J., Kuperminc, G. P., Mooss, A. D., Gilmore, D., & Emshoff, J. G. (2013). The prevalence of problem gambling among substance abusing offenders. Journal of Gambling Issues, 28, 1–8. doi:10.4309/jgi.2013.28.20

Course Objectives
  • Discuss theories and models of problem and pathological gambling.
  • Describe the epidemiology comorbidity and measurement of problem and pathological gambling.
  • Explain diagnosis and treatment indications for problem and pathological gambling.
  • Describe the practice guidelines for Guided Self-Change for Gambling (GSCG) including assessment and problems in treatment.
Julie Guillemin, MSW, LICSW, earned her MSW from The Boston University School of Social Work. She is currently employed by the Kingston (MA) Public Schools where she counsels children and parents, and consults with educators on adjustment problems, psychiatric disorders, behavioral issues, and learning disabilites. Ms. Guillemin has worked with toddlers, children, and adolescents in private and public school settings, providing individual and group therapy and social skills instruction. In addition, Ms. Guillemin serves as social work planner for Western Schools.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.