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Get Even Program for Problem Gamblers: Description of Program and Review of Effectiveness of Therapy Programs for Gamblers. Student name ( Student Number) Subject: HAY 206 Developmental Psychology Due Date: 7 th April 2004 Tutor: Roslyn Galligan Tutorial Time: Tuesdays 7:30pm 1
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The Get Even Group Program for Gamblers is a voluntary, free group counselling program offered by the Banyule Community Health Centre in West Heidelberg. The overall aim of the program is to help problem gamblers to develop strategies to control their gambling behaviour so that the negative effects of gambling on their lives are reduced. To achieve this aim, the program focuses on increasing understanding of problem gambling, increasing perceived self-efficacy and control over gambling, developing coping skills, developing problem-solving skills and developing effective strategies to maintain control over gambling behaviour. The group program runs for ten sessions, with each session lasting two hours, with generally eight to ten people in each group, and groups facilitated by two experienced counselors. The facilitators use a cognitive- behavioural approach to increase awareness and skills which help clients control their gambling behaviour. Sessions involve consideration of the benefits they believe gambling gives them and the losses they experience through their gambling. There is also a focus on how they started gambling, what are the triggers for gambling, and what helps to maintain their gambling behaviour. Sessions also focus on the difficulties they experience in controlling their gambling and issues that arise from their gambling. The program, however, is not manualized so that there is no detailed description of the activities and focus of each session, and no formal evaluation of this program has been undertaken. 2
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Despite reviews that point to an increase in the prevalence of problem gambling in Australia and other modern western societies (Dickerson, Baron, Hong, & Cottrell, 1996), there has been limited research to determine what treatments are most efficacious (Gambling Research Panel (GRP), 2003; Shaffer, LaBrei, LaPlante, Kidman, & Donato, 2005). The general consensus
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