Evidence-Based Treatments for Problem Gambling

  • Cameron McIntosh
  • Katy O'Neill

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

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About this book


This international survey addresses gaps in the knowledge base on problem gambling, emphasizing evidence-based best practices for working with this diverse and notably resistant client population. A detailed introduction offers current findings on behavioral, affective, and neurological manifestations of disordered gambling, with prevalent types of resultant psychological, financial, and social harm. The book’s conceptual discussion examines clinical and sub-clinical presentations as well as the complex interplay of psychological and social factors that create barriers to seeking help. And on the practical side, up-to-date chapters detail widely-used and newer treatment options for compulsive gambling with the best chances of reducing treatment non-compliance and post-treatment relapses, including:


·         Psychoeducation.

·         Motivational interviewing.

·         Cognitive behavioral therapy.

·         Metacognitive and mindfulness approaches.

·         Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

·         Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

·         Schema therapy.

·         Pharmacology.

·         Relapse Prevention.


Evidence-Based Treatments for Problem Gambling is a ready source of insights, data, and strategies for counselors working in problem gambling treatment centers, and for psychologists and counselors operating in public or private practice who see individuals with problem gambling as a primary or comorbid presentation. Researchers, lecturers, and treatment clinic managers will find this presentation both informative and immediately useful.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Cameron McIntosh
    • 1
  • Katy O'Neill
    • 2
  1. 1.St Vincent’s Hospital Gambling Treatment ProgramSt Vincent’s HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.St Vincent’s Hospital Gambling Treatment ProgramSt Vincent’s HospitalSydneyAustralia

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