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Best Possible Odds: Contemporary Treatment Strategies for Gambling Disorders

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Best Possible Odds is the first comprehensive step-by-step guide to the assessment and treatment of compulsive gamblers and their families. Based upon the authors’ extensive firsthand experience, it arms mental health professionals with a rational framework for making sense of the often puzzling behaviors of compulsive gamblers, providing an array of tools and techniques for successful interventions. The authors clearly define the factors that distinguish recreational from pathological gambling and explore the reasons why compulsive gambling is on the rise. They analyze the various competing models of gambling pathology, and they draw upon recent empirical and clinical data to make the most persuasive argument yet for officially reclassifying compulsive gambling as an addiction disorder. The authors assess the entire range of major treatment modalities currently in use and provide clear-cut guidelines for mixing and matching modalities to fit the unique requirements of each individual patient.

This course is based on the book, Best Possible Odds: Contemporary Treatment Strategies for Gambling Disorders created by William G. McCown, Ph.D., and Linda L. Chamberlain Psy.D.


John Wiley and Sons

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William G. McCown, Ph.D., and Linda L. Chamberlain Psy.D.

William G. McCown, Ph.D., is an expert on impulse disorders and the author of four previous books on related subjects. Linda L. Chamberlain, Psy.D., is an individual and family therapist specializing in the treatment of compulsive gambling. She is a board member of the Colorado Council on Compulsive Gambling and a certified supervisor with the National Council on Problem Gambling.

William G. McCown, Ph.D., and Linda L. Chamberlain Psy.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about treating compulsive gamblers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify paradigms of problem gambling behavior, the phenomenology of gambling, and the etiologies and maintenance of gambling disorders.
  2. Discuss treatment for pathological gambling, including inpatient programs and Gamblers Anonymous, as well as a multiphasic model of outpatient treatment.
  3. Explain working strategies for treatment success and the assessment of gambling and gambling-related psychological disturbances.
  4. Describe chaos theory as it relates to gambling and addictions and family systems therapy, which treats both the gambler and the system.

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The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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