Sands Bethlehem Sponsors a workshop presented by The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
October 29, 2018
"Using Functional Behavior Assessments and Case Conceptualization Strategies to Enhance Clinical Practice"
Gambling disorder is a pervasive problem affecting individuals across the lifespan and is highly correlated with a range of other mental health disorders, including depression, substance use, mood and personality disorders. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been considered a promising treatment option for gambling disorders and is often cited as the most used form of treatment for gambling. A key component within CBT is the identification of functional or controlling variables of the person’s gambling behavior (i.e., functional behavior assessment). However, minimal attention has been provided on how to best identify functional relations for individuals with gambling disorders. Further, identification of functional relationships is needed to maximize the clinical utility of treatment.
Therefore, the current presentation will focus on a) evidenced-based approaches to identifying functional relationships, b) how to infuse functional behavior assessments into clinical practice, and c) clinical case conceptualization using functional behavior assessment across a range of treatment modalities. Empirical evidence collected to date from the Saint Louis University Gambling Addictions research laboratory will be presented to highlight how functional behavior assessments can impact clinical practice.
October 30, 2018
"The 'Dis-Ease' of Addiction and Principles of Recovery"
People often indicate that a person who struggles with addiction has a “problem’ with the drug of choice; that said, we need to expand the thinking of the addiction workforce to consider addiction as a SOLUTION to a DEEPER problem. Problems that stem from trauma, abuse, ACE, and neglect left unresolved will continue to manifest itself in the solution of addiction. A comprehensive, holistic, approach treating the whole person from deep within can lead to a sustained and meaningful long-term recovery. This workshop will examine the DIS-EASE within not only the person who struggles but within all of us as well as the importance of community and connection in the recovery process.