1st Edition

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for Problem Gambling Therapist Manual

By Namrata Raylu, Tian Po Oei Copyright 2010
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is a treatment manual providing guidance for therapists treating clients with gambling addictions.

    In this book the authors use a cognitive behavioural approach and provide a session by session guide for overcoming problem gambling. Essential topics covered include:

    • assessment and psychoeducation
    • cognitive behavioural strategies to stabilize gambling
    • identifying and challenging thinking errors
    • relaxation and imaginal exposure
    • problem solving and goal setting
    • managing negative emotions
    • relapse prevention: maintaining a balanced lifestyle and coping with high risk situations

    A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for Problem Gambling supplies detailed information to help the therapist and client understand gambling behaviours, as well as practical advice on techniques that can be used with the client to change these behaviours.

    This practical guide will provide helpful guidance for addiction counsellors and therapists worldwide.

    Overview. Review of the Problem Gambling Treatment Literature. Session One: Assessment. Session Two: Psychoeducation and Self-management Strategies to Stabilize Gambling. Session Three: Cognitive-restructuring I: Identifying Gambling Specific Thinking Errors. Session Four: Cognitive-restructuring II: Challenging Gambling Specific Thinking Errors. Session Five: Cognitive-restructuring III: Identifying and Challenging Other/General Thinking Errors. Session Six: Relaxation and Imaginal Exposure. Session Seven: Problem Solving and Goal Setting Skills Training. Session Eight: Management of Negative Emotions. Session Nine: Relapse Prevention and Maintenance of Therapeutic Gains I: Balanced Lifestyle. Session Ten: Relapse Prevention and Maintenance of Therapeutic Gains II: Coping with High Risk Situations. Elective Session: Assertiveness Skills Training. Elective Session: Getting Out of Debt. Elective Session: Teaching Significant Others Strategies to Cope/Deal with the Gambler’s Behaviors. Appendices.


    Namrata Raylu has been involved in a number of research activities in the area of addictive behaviours over the last 12 years and has published in the problem gambling area. Currently, she works as a research collaborator at the Psychology Department, University of Queensland and as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

    Tian Po Oei has published widely in the areas of substance, anxiety and mood disorders and processes of change in psychotherapy, especially CBT in Asian cultures. Currently, he holds a personal Chair in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland and is the Director of the CBT Unit at Toowong Private Hospital.

    "I would thoroughly recommend this comprehensive and clear CBT manual to clinicians treating problem gamblers. It is easy to follow and detailed in rationale and guidance to assist practitioners of varying levels of experience and knowledge to deliver effective treatment." - Melanie Walls, Behavioural and Cognitve Psychotherapy, Volume 40, 2012

    "A comprehensive review of the literature concerning the development, maintenance and treatment of problem gambling underpins the treatment programme presented. The programme itself delivers valuable insights into the assessment and formulation of the difficulties and needs problem gamblers have. Excellent psychoeducation resources, cognitive behavioural coping skills, relapse prevention and motivational interviewing strategies are detailed within it. ... The sessions are clearly explained and a rationale is offered for their use, allowing therapists to comfortably navigate the programme implementing sessions at a duration, frequency and distribution applicable to their client. The practicality of this guide is possibly its strongest attribute with work sheets for both client and therapist provided in the appendix. The discussion and exploration of cultural differences in attitudes to gambling further highlight the applicability of this book to clinical work." - Deanna Hall, Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2012