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Evidence-based interventions and other treatment modalities to address gambling disorder

September 14, 2017 EDT @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health Regional Training

Often called “the hidden addiction,” problem gambling can be a challenge to diagnose and treat because it frequently occurs in people struggling with other addictions or mental health disorders.

The Council’s goal is to enable more clinicians throughout the state to identify, screen, assess and treat disordered gambling. The Council is working to expand problem gambling education, and outreach services to all Department of Public Health / Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH/BSAS) contracted substance abuse treatment agencies.

One component of this project is to offer Regional Problem Gambling Trainings for clinicians with the opportunity to earn CEU credits toward a Massachusetts-based certificate.

Date & Time: September 14, 2017; 9am to 2pm
Region: Western
Location: CHD – 332 Birnie Ave, Springfield, MA 01107
Price: $50.00
CEU: 4

Title: Evidence-based interventions and other treatment modalities to address gambling disorder.

Description of the training
Today there are different approaches that characterize the treatment of problem gambling. The combination of these diverse interventions increases treatment success rate.
During this training, attendees will have the opportunity to explore evidence-based approaches and other interventions for the treatment of gambling disorder. Special focus will be given to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the integration of mindfulness to develop a successful treatment plan.

Learning objectives
List at least two evidence-based interventions to treat gambling disorder
Summarize the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat gambling disorder
Describe how different treatment modalities, including mindfulness, can be integrated in the treatment of gambling disorder


What are the clinical challenges?
List of evidence-based interventions
Evidence-based treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Integration of mindfulness meditation as part of a successful treatment plan
Other treatment modalities used to address gambling disorder
Case Discussion
Questions & Answers

Brewer, J. A., & Davis, J. (2013). Craving to quit: Psychological models and neurobiological mechanisms
of mindfulness training as a treatment for addictions. Psychology of addictive behaviors, 27(2), Pp.366-379.

Lupu, V. (2008). Cognitive behavioral therapy in pathological gambling: A case analysis. Journal of cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies, 8 (2), p269-277.
McIntosh, C.C., Crino, R. D., O’Neill, K. (2016). Treating problem gambling samples with cognitive
behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions: A clinical trial. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(4). Pp. 1305-1325.

Problem gambling institute of Ontario (2017). Evidence-based practices and problem gambling
treatment. Retrieved from https://www.problemgambling.ca/EN/ResourcesForProfessionals/Pages/EBP.aspx

Rizeanu, S. (2015). Pathological gambling treatment – review. Procedia – Social and Behavioral
Sciences 187. Pp. 613 – 618.

Dr. Eunice Avilés has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Gender Specialist, and a Sex Therapist certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Besides working with gambling disorder, her general practice focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions and gender dysphoria. Dr. Avilés is currently in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts and provides telebehavioral services (online therapy).


September 14, 2017 EDT
9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
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332 Birnie Ave
Springfield, MA 01107 United States
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