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Gambling-Related Harm: What Does It Refer To?

Presented by Professor Alex Blaszczynski
Seminar: Journal Club June 2016




Prevalence rates derived from the administration of gambling disorder screens (PGSI, SOGS) range between 0.5% to 2% or higher. Scores on these instruments are also used as proxies for harm. However, there are significant problems associated with the use
of prevalence rate data to map the nature, extent and severity of harms experienced as a result of excessive gambling. Evidence is emerging suggesting that many individuals meeting criteria for problem gambling do not experience significant harms, while a proportion not meeting criteria do. There is a need for improved measures of harm to inform policies, allocation of resources, responsible gambling campaigns and clinical management. In this presentation, an attempt will be made to shed light on the implications of current of concepts of harm.

Using Schema Therapy to Overcome Common Roadbocks to Evidence Based Therapy

Presented by Dr Robert Brockman
Seminar: Journal Club November 2015



In this talk, Dr Robert Brockman outlines recent empirical evidence highlighting the efficacy of Schema Therapy in cases where CBT has failed. He goes on to provide a rationale for the use of Schema Therapy in cases where CBT has failed. or where personality traits are hampering progress in therapy. Finally, the extended schema mode conceptualisation is introduced. This conceptualisation is suggested as a useful framework for formulating clients with problematic personality traits.

Cultural Awareness and Competency in Treating Problem Gambling Conference

Understanding the Language Is Only the Start

Presented by Marylou Ghyczy
Seminar: Multicultural Conference September 2015



Marylou Ghyczy is the Manager of the Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW and Multicultural Problem Gambling Program for Chinese Communities. Marylou provides a general overview of the importance of culture in shaping a client’s perception of their problems and possible solutions and goes on to discuss when and why it is important to work with the client’s preferred language, and how having a positive awareness of one’s cultural heritage contributes to a sense of mental health and wellbeing.

The Support Seeking Behaviour of Arabic Clients


Presented by Randa Moussa
Seminar: Multicultural Conference September 2015




Randa Moussa, Manager of the Strengthening Communities Unit and the Gambling Help service at Arab Council Australia discusses the influence of Arabic culture on the initiation and maintenance of gambling problems for Arabic clients in Australia. Randa, also discusses issues pertaining to support and treatment uptake for this client population, and discusses the importance of addressing culturally specific beliefs (e.g. superstition) in the counselling context.

Understanding the Illusion of Control in Gambling within Chinese Culture

Presented by Ian Koh
Seminar: Multicultural Conference September 2015





Despite much research into gambling-related cognitive errors among Western populations, the generalisability of such errors across different ethnic groups has not been established. Multicultural Problem Gambling Service Counsellor Ian Koh, aims to highlight differences in cognitive and emotional processes relevant to gambling in Chinese and Caucasian gamblers, and the impacts of these differences on treatment outcomes.

Building Trusting Relationships with Vietnamese Clients

Presented by Trong Dang, Phuong Phan and Thi Van Hanh Nguyen
Seminar: Multicultural Conference September 2015





Three counsellors from the Vietnamese Problem Gambling Service discuss barriers to help seeking amongst Vietnamese people with problem gambling behaviours including stigma, a lack of understanding of the role of counselling services, and a lack of trust in service providers. Practical strategies on building trusting relationships with Vietnamese clients are discussed.

Building Portable Coping Frameworks

Presented by Dr Jessica Grainger
Seminar: Journal Club March 2015



Dr Grainger has 20 years of experience in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, including directing a University Clinic, Family Clinic and an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Unit. Given research indicating that clients often only retain a small percentage of what is discussed in session, Dr. Jessica Grainger will present on a number of key acronyms, short key questions and stories that help provide portable coping frameworks for clients with gambling problems. She will also identify the roles of these strategies in the change process.

Financial Literacy As Both A Harm Minimisation & Relapse Prevention Approach to Problem Gambling

Presented by Jeff Lucas
Seminar: Journal Club May 2015



Jeff Lucas, Operations Manager at Wesley Mission Counselling Services NSW, will discuss both research and Wesley Mission’s experience in presenting financial literacy to gamblers in rehabs and the benefits of incorporating financial literacy in the problem gambling counselling space. Wesley Mission’s Financial Literacy program was launched in 2011 and received a Highly Commended MoneySmart Week Award in 2013 for their ‘In Charge of My Money’ program. During the talk, Jeff will also discuss two exercises of the program titled ‘Your Relationship With Money’ and ‘Spending Leaks’ that can be used when counselling gamblers.

Fantasy Sports: What is it and why does it matter?

Presented by Daniel Zammit
Seminar: Journal Club Jul 2015



Daniel Zammit is a sports business professional and former Vice President of sports marketing agency IMG. He is also a passionate Fantasy Sports player. In this presentation, Daniel Zammit discusses Fantasy Sports as a fan activity giving a brief history of the product. He goes on to outline how Fantasy Sports relates to sports betting now and into the future.