Adapting a Prevention Curriculum for Adult Gambling Treatment

Kaitlin Foshay, IGCG-II, BACC; Shirley Hoak, JD, ICGC-II

Therapists from a treatment program in Connecticut adapted the evidence-based youth prevention Stacked Deck Curriculum originally designed for grades 9-12. This adaptation is intended for persons with disordered gambling in early treatment and/or recovery. Changes were made to make material relevant for adults. This innovative approach focuses less on “smart gambling” and more on risk/protective factors to influence overall improved decision making. Other treatment modalities were added to the curriculum. Data was collected and analyzed from the clients to measure behavioral and attitude changes. Data will be shared. Participants in this workshop will have a firsthand experience of curriculum.