Total CE Credit Hours: 2
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/101449
About the Course:
This study surveys existing literature on Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and issues that help to contextualize our understanding of this mutual aid association. While GA has been the subject of investigation by social scientists, it is still understudied, with a notable shortage of research on issues facing women and ethnic minorities. A need exists for large-scale assessments of GA’s effectiveness, more detailed accounts of GA beliefs and practices, increased knowledge of the ways in which GA attendance interacts with both formal treatment and attendance at other mutual aid organizations, and a better understanding of the profiles of gamblers best (and least) suited to GA.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Gamblers Anonymous: A Critical Review of the Literature created by Peter Ferentzy, PhD and Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW
October 2003, Issue 9
Course Material Authors
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about Gambler’s Anonymous. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.
Describe the genesis and primary tenets of Gambler’s Anonymous (GA) and the effectiveness of the organization at helping gamblers obtain abstinence.
Identify theories as to the nature of problem gambling, including the disease and obsessive-compulsive models, and discuss the abstinence principle.
Explain GA’s compatibility with other interventions and describe the intersection of problem gambling with co-occurring substance addictions.
Recognize gender-related differences among problem gamblers and discuss gender and ethnicity issues related to GA membership.
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