Many gambler partner clients are dealing with betrayal trauma. Consider this common example: a couple shares their last argument in session – she reacted in anger and then withdrew after reading a notice from the IRS saying a payment was due which she thought had already been paid. He admits to becoming defensive, feeling she over-reacted and being upset that she did not trust him.
In this workshop, we will explore similarities between gambling and sexual addiction; betrayal trauma and its effects; offer a trauma lens for treating partner clients; and discuss how current treatment terms and approaches may not apply and may actually be harmful to partner clients.
By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
- To understand three ways disordered gambling may be more like sex addiction than alcohol and drug addiction in terms of the partners’ experience.
- To recognize three types of financial impacts on gambling partner clients.
- Define partner betrayal trauma.
- To understand Acute Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as they relate to betrayal trauma.
- Learn how to incorporate the trauma perspective into partner and couple treatment.
- Similarities and a difference between disordered gambling and sex addiction
- Partner betrayal trauma
- Characteristics and examples of problem gambling partners
- Treatment approaches for working with clients experiencing partner betrayal trauma