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Introduction to behavioural addictions: An essential overview of excessive gambling and gaming

12 November 2020 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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This webinar will bring you up to date with recent developments in the evolving area of behavioural addiction and the treatment programmes used in the National Centre for Behavioural Addiction.

This webinar will provide an overview of concepts and techniques from the above theories, as these have been integrated within the programme, with emphasis on motivational interviewing and the cognitive and behavioural model, as well as discussing the role of relational/systemic factors.

The material for gambling also draws upon previous publications from the core team in the clinic and the upcoming book, where CBT concepts/techniques are illustrated via practical exercises, co-edited by one of the trainers (see sample chapter). Presentation of case vignettes and brief demonstration of clinical skills will also be included.

Over the years, our programme for problem gambling has drawn upon influential psychological theories and perspectives of addiction, problem gambling and gaming. These include the Gambling Pathways model (Nower & Blaszczynski, 2016), Clark’s (2010) review of cognitive and psychobiological approaches, Petry’s (2005) CBT and Motivational Enhancement model, and attachment-informed perspectives (Gill, 2014; Morgan, 2019).

For the treatment of internet gaming disorder, our intervention has drawn upon the CBT models developed by Dong and Potenza (2014), King & Delfabbro’s cognitive model (2014) and approaches developed from Young and Brand (2017).

Target audience

This course is suitable for psychologist practitioners working in primary care/mental health/substance use/forensic/CAMHS settings and private practice, who would like to enrich their knowledge in the area of behavioural addiction and develop relevant skills.

It will also be beneficial for a range of professionals working in the field of gambling/gaming, including psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, drug workers, CAMHS/ youth workers, cognitive behavioural therapists and psychotherapists.

It is highly recommended that attendees have generic therapeutic competencies and basic CBT competencies before attending this webinar.


Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise behaviours falling into the remit of behavioural addiction 
  • Become familiar with most common types of gambling/gaming
  • Assess the extent to which gambling or gaming have become problematic
  • Formulate about multiple mechanisms underpinning behavioural addictions (neurobiology, thinking errors, attachments, systemic factors)
  • Identify national clinical pathways and national/international guidance
  • Develop hope and confidence in client's ability to change and generate change talk
  • Offer practical tools and advice to help with change (e.g. stimulus control, behavioural activation)


Dr Venetia Leonidaki

Dr Leondaki is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic. She is also a BABCP accredited supervisor and a DIT therapist. She has provided training in gambling/addiction in clinical/counselling psychology courses, MSc courses (King’s/ Imperial College) and NHS addiction services. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at the BPS DCP conference, 2020.

Dr Rebecca Lockwood

Dr Lockwood is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Centre for Gaming Disorders. She specialises in providing CBT and third-wave CBT. She is also trained in EMDR.  She has provided training in addiction to NHS teams and prison settings. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national and international conferences.

Dolors Manuel-Riu

Dolors Manuel-Riu is a Lead Psychologist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic, specialising in CBT. She is also a member of the network of Motivational Interviewing trainers. She has provided training in gambling/addiction to various audiences, including IAPT and NHS addiction services and MSc students. She is part of the team of contributors in the Breaking Free from Problem Gambling workbook.


Start – 14:30

Finish- 16:30

Price £80.00 (£66.67 + VAT)
Society member £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 11 November 2020  

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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