Problem gambling: A guide for financial counsellors

Abstract

This guide is for financial counsellors working with clients who have gambling problems. Many clients who seek financial counselling are also struggling with serious financial, emotional, health and relationship problems related to problem gambling. It is also likely that they will not tell you about these problems—unless you ask. This guide has been developed to: • increase your knowledge of problem gambling and your understanding of its impact on those who gamble and their families • give you the information and tools you need to identify and support clients with gambling problems • give you strategies to explore concerns about gambling and to prompt your clients to take appropriate action • encourage a shared-care approach between financial counsellors and problem gambling counsellors • increase your knowledge of community supports and services that are available to people with gambling problems.

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