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Using the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ) to Guide Client Treatment
February 9, 2018 EST @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm$20
Date: February 9, 2018 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Lia Nower
An increasing number of studies are identifying distinctive subtypes of disordered gamblers. Those subtypes are characterized by the presence or absence of specific etiological factors as well as comorbid disorders. The Pathways Model (Blaszczynski & Nower, 2002) was the first etiological model to suggest that there are three distinct pathways to problem gambling. Pathway 1 gamblers exhibit no significant pathology prior to the onset of problem gambling and develop gambling problems in response to behavioral conditioning patterns and erroneous cognitions acquired during play. Pathway 2 gamblers typically have preexisting mood or substance use disorders and, often, a history of family instability. Finally, Pathway 3 gamblers share etiological factors with Pathway 2 but also exhibit high levels of impulsivity, anti-social traits and comorbid psychopathology. The Pathways Model has been tested in various studies, most recently by Nower, Martins, Lin & Blanco (2013) in a representative sample of U.S. adults. This workshop will introduce beginning and experienced practitioners to subtypes of disordered gamblers and their screening and treatment.
At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
• To understand the relevance of gambling etiology to successful gambling treatment
• To learn to administer, score, and interpret the GPQ in clinical settings
• To understand the relationship of GPQ indicators and classification to treatment planning with individual clients
Dr. Lia Nower is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on internet gambling, the etiology and treatment of problem and disordered gambling and co-morbid addictive disorders and gambling-related policy issues. Dr. Nower has served as an NIH pre-doctoral fellow, a Fulbright fellow, and a research intern at the National Research Council at the National Academies. She is currently Co-Editor of International Gambling Studies and a consultant and grant reviewer for international, national and state agencies. Dr. Nower has also served as a member of the legislative and research boards and a clinical supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C. A former criminal prosecutor, she serves as a forensic consultant in state and federal court cases involving gambling-related crimes and as an expert witness in cases involving gambling-related issues. Dr. Nower is a co-editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Disordered Gambling, published by Wiley & Sons in 2013.