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This handbook provides mental health professionals with a thorough understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of disordered gambling and shares current evidence-based theories, interventions and strategies to use in clinical practice.
It provides guidance for working with individuals of any age and covers different gambling modes, activities and subtypes, including new forms of gambling through online and virtual platforms. Drawing on the authors' substantial experience working with and researching gambling addiction, it considers how treatment can be specialized for particular client groups, including trauma survivors, military, older adults, adolescents and diverse communities. It provides detailed diagnostic and screening resources and includes important information on the financial and legal aspects. This is essential reading for any therapist treating clients with gambling disorder.
About the Author
Jody Bechtold has been treating individuals with gambling disorder since 2006. She is a clinical social worker, counselor, professional coach and CEO of The Better Institute. Her public speaking, conference presentations, training and journal publications are focused on gambling addiction. She is an International Gambling Counselor Certification Board Member and sits on the Membership Committee of the National Council on Problem Gambling. She is based in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Alyssa N. Wilson is Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral (BCBA-D), and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. Dr. Wilson's research focuses on biopsychosocial aspects of problem gambling, including assessment and treatment provision. She is based in Los Angeles, CA, USA.