Published November 18, 2016
Barry Tolchard, associate professor, and Cynthia Stuhlmiller, associate dean for academic innovations and community engagement, were recently published in the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health.
In their article, “The New England 4g Framework for The Treatment of a Common Health Concerns: A Gambling Case Analysis,” the authors discuss the benefits of adapting the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for gamblers.
According to the National Health Service (NHS), IAPT is evidence-based psychological therapies corresponding to an individual’s particular mental health problem. It is a “stepped care” method – initially, individuals are usually provided with low-intensity treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or guided self-help. The approach includes assessment and providing health education and guidance.
The authors describe how this approach has been adapted in Australia for gamblers using the New England 4G framework. The New England 4G framework utilizes these elements, but also emphasizes working with the individual to generate a cognitive behavioral plan. This plan may evolve throughout treatment according to the needs of the client.
The paper also offers a framework to help practitioners provide self-help materials to gamblers and a discussion of the benefits of this approach.
To read the paper in its entirety, please refer to the citation below.
Tolchard, B., & Stuhlmiller, C. (2016). The New England 4G framework for the treatment of a common health concerns: A gambling case analysis. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 6(10). doi: 10.1186/s40405-016-0019-7