Cognitive Behavioural Therapists from the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service, based at Flinders Medical Centre, began working working prisoners in the Adelaide Pre-Release Centre, Adelaide Women’s Prison and Mobilong prisons and the Cadell Training Centre in November following a grant from the Department of Correctional Services.
Under the arrangement, staff provide exposure therapy to prisoners with gambling problems prior to their release from jail, and then provided further follow up support and treatment when they are back in the community.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Ben Riley carried out a survey at the Cadell Training Centre in 2011 which found 52 percent of prisoners had a history of problem gambling, with one in five inmates reporting they were in jail because of a crime related to a gambling problem.
“It is perhaps the case that some commited crimes like selling drugs or theft because of their gambling debts,” Ben said.
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Statewide Gambling Therapy Service have been funded for the last 5 years to improve access to gambling help services for Aboriginal and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups.
Sue Bertossa is an Aboriginal and CALD Gambling Therapist with SGTS and she will be speaking in Sydney at a problem gambling seminar in October – Her topics:
‘Adapting CBT for Aboriginal Problem Gamblers’
‘The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly – Problem Gambling and a Remote Aboriginal Community’
– Problem Gambling Interventions for Indigenous Communities
30th October 2014 –
If you would like to contact Sue Bertossa for further information call:
For more information on the event, visit: http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/gambling_treatment_clinic/
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