Partnerships and collaboration

Gambler's Help Services can support you to ensure there is an integrated care approach for your client. 

What can Gambler's Help services offer?

Gambler's Help therapeutic counsellors offer specialist problem gambling services for health and welfare workers who deal with clients experiencing co-presenting issues via:

  • Outreach services to agencies already engaging with clients experiencing gambling related harm
  • Specialist secondary consultation
  • Specialist clinical at risk and problem gambling interventions in relevant service settings
  • New practice and clinical approaches, including single session and co-counselling, and
  • Training and skills development.

Where possible, services are co-located with other relevant health and welfare services to encourage a holistic approach to case management and referral.

Why is this service important to me?

The Gambler's Help program aims to develop strong links between the problem gambling and the identified priority service portfolio areas for individual and families experiencing gambling related harm.

Where problem gambling is identified within other special service systems, it is not likely to be the most significant presenting issue for the individual or for the worker. Referral to Gamblers Help services is more likely to result in non-attendance and/or early drop out for this cohort.

Gambler's Help therapeutic counsellors offer flexible service options for people affected by gambling problems, and enables clients to maintain their primary therapeutic relationship whilst still receiving specialist problem gambling intervention (e.g. Gambler's Help therapeutic counsellors can see a client in mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD), family services or justice settings, participate in co-therapy, provide secondary consultations or support referred clients).

This provides an opportunity for innovative practice through the improvement of partnerships and collaboration for common client groups.

Problem gambling is often just one factor within a complex array of interpersonal, intrapersonal and health issues experienced by your client. To find out more about co-presenting issues and co-morbid issues, please read further below.

Program structure

Specialist counsellors deliver services for each of the portfolio areas, as well as to other priority groups. The types of services/areas that the program may target are listed below:

Mental Health

Services in this portfolio include specialist public mental health services, both clinical (Area Mental Health Services) and non-clinical (Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services), generalist counselling dealing with high prevalence mental health issues (depression and anxiety) within community health and private practice (as brokered by General Practitioners, for example).

Family Services

This portfolio includes working with family support services, family violence services, and services providing support to people around parenting and relationship issues.

Alcohol and Drug

Services in this portfolio include the array of services funded by the Department of Health.

Justice System

Services in this portfolio include the correctional systems such as the courts, correctional facilities and youth justice systems.

Co- presenting issues and co-morbid issues

Typically, problem gambling does not occur in isolation. It may arise from (and give rise to) a range of other co-presenting and co-morbid issues, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • alcohol and drug issues
  • ill-health
  • domestic violence
  • homelessness
  • financial hardship
  • legal problems
  • unemployment, and
  • relationship breakdown.

The Professional Development Centre has a range of training and development opportunities.

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