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Workshop Description

This workshop, presented by Shayne Vitemb, LMFT, will be divided into three twenty minute recorded sections with discussion after each section. The presentation will identify issues facing older adults that could make them especially vulnerable to problem gambling, then redefine aging using positive existential concepts which can be integrated into many different treatment approaches.

Key concepts covered include:

  • Integrating issues of aging inspired by existential philosophy into preexisting treatments for problem gambling
  • Contrast ideas about aging with new views to better understand the aging gambler
  • Installation of Hope for The Recovering Gambler

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify three different factors facing older adults that could lead them to become problem gamblers.
  • Name two of life’s existential “givens” as defined by Existential Psychology that may be considered when developing a treatment plan for a senior problem gambling client.
  • Identify two kinds of observations that occur on the first day of treatment that contribute to the clinician’s understanding of the problem gambler’s level of functioning.
  • Compare at least two differing understandings of anxiety and how it affects older adults.


  • Understanding the unique issues facing the older problem gambler
  • Changing stereotypical views of aging and the cultural influences on this age group
  • Loss, isolation, existentialism, and hope
  • Integrating what we’ve learned into diverse treatment plans

This workshop is 1.5 hours in length. It is FREE to attend.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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