The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service has partnered with Sue Bertossa who is a Margaret Tobin Award winner for her work with Aboriginal people. Sue works from our Port Adelaide office and provides a tailored service adapted specifically for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The modified program delivers the same high-class therapy that mainstream clients receive but there is more flexibility in how the service is offered.
Meeting places can be negotiated outside of the clinic and clients are able to set the pace of treatment and they have phone access to a therapist between sessions. At the end of treatment Sue will help each client develop a follow up plan that suits their circumstances.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program has been in place since 2008, with remarkable outcomes. Some comments from clients who’ve completed the program are:
“I never realised the effect that gambling had on me, like the blood flowing. If you don’t recognise this, you don’t have control. I was never aware of my breathing, my pulse, now I know what it is, I can nip it in the bud”.
“I learnt about the mental issues that are linked with gambling and how they affect you. I know to use music to relax … Now I will take all day to do something, put the music on and work away at it …”.
“I know what it is like to be addicted, it never worries me now. I like to go in and have a look around, I will watch others play – it is my free time”.
Sue is available to talk with work teams or community groups about ways of identifying and dealing with problem gambling. She can run one-off informal workshops to generate discussion about gambling and its links with other addictions and mental health.
A recovery program for women in Port Adelaide is offered, and Sue hold regular group workshops for women living in Ceduna and Koonibba.
The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service offers half-day and two-day training programs on how to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around risky behaviours. This training is based on self-management principles developed through the Flinders University Chronic Condition Program, empowering clients through the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
For all enquiries, please contact Sue Bertossa on (08) 8240 0522 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.