The Role of Mindfulness in the Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment of Problem Gambling

About the Course:

Recent years have witnessed the emergence of mindfulness meditation as an important intervention in the alleviation of illness-related disability and distress. Mindfulness meditation assists the individual in learning more adaptive ways of responding to aversive mental states. Given the prominence of distorted thinking among problem gamblers and the difficulty in modifying them, mindfulness meditation holds promise as an adjunctive intervention to help problem gamblers learn to cope with gambling-relevant cognitive distortions.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

Issue 19, January 2007

Authors

Tony Toneatto, PhD; Lisa Vettese, PhD; Linda Nguyen

About the Authors:

Tony Toneatto (PhD, clinical psychology, McGill University) is a senior scientist in the Clinical Research Department at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He holds a cross-appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and is also a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario. His research interests include the psychology and treatment of problem gambling, psychiatric co-morbidity and addictions, and mindfulness meditation.

Lisa Vettese (PhD, clinical psychology, York University) is a registered clinical psychologist. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on mindfulness and addictions, sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and trainings through the Center for Mindfulness Studies at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her interests include the integration of mindfulness into psychotherapy for chronic pain, psychological trauma, and concurrent mental health and addiction issues. She conducts research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and has a private practice incorporating cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatment approaches.

Linda Nguyen (BSc., zoology, University of Toronto) is currently in her first year in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is interested in mindfulness meditation and its application to medical and emotional disorders, especially anxiety and depression.

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 the role of mindfulness in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of problem gambling. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for treating pathological gambling and the rationale for adding mindfulness meditation to client treatment.

  2. Identify and define cognitive distortions often associated with pathological gambling.

  3. Explain the practice of mindfulness meditation and discuss the application of mindfulness to the treatment of problem gambling.

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