Clinical Care of Gambling Disorders: Training, Experience, and Competence Among VHA Psychologists

  • authors:

    Charles E. Drebing, Edward J. Federman, Christopher Krebs, Americo Mello, Roger L. Peterson, E. Alice Van Ormer, Penk Walter
  • published in

    : 2001
  • summary

    : Problem gambling is a common, highly destructive disorder which is often overlooked by clinicians. Levels of clinical training, clinical experience, and professional competence for providing clinical services for problem gambling were examined in a survey of 181 clinical psychologists working in the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA). The results suggest that the majority of clinical psychologists have little or no formal training and little or no past or current clinical experience in the treatment of disordered gambling, nor do they see themselves as competent to evaluate or treat patients with disordered gambling. Most have not referred patients for treatment of problem gambling and do not know of a competent provider to whom they can refer. There is an identifiable subgroup, representing 9% of respondents, who do have more training, provide services, and see themselves as competent to provide care for patients with problem gambling. The amount of formal training is positively correlated with care provided and self-ratings of competence. Despite the lack of training and experience, most respondents expressed interest in receiving additional training. These data suggest that to improve rates of diagnosis and treatment of patients with problem gambling in mental health settings, additional training needs to be made available for mental health providers as a group, with specialized training for clinicians interested in specializing in this area.
  • related url


    Note: This link will take you to an external website. is not responsible for accessibility and content of external websites.

  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer Netherlands
  • is part of a publication

    : Journal of Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 17
  • issue

    : 2
  • copyright

    : © Springer
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 117 - end page: 136
  • keywords

    : pathological gambling , training , treatment
  • Article entered in GambLIB database on march 6. 2008, 00:03
  • Item added by user Tina Krušnik