The single session for pathological gambling

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Can a single session be enough to significantly improve the problems of pathological gambling? And can it be just as effective as longer treatments?

Asked Tony Toneatto, of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (Canada), who conducted research approved by the Research Ethics Board of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, and which was then published in 2016 in Addictive behaviors, with the title Single session interventions for problem gambling may be as effective as longer treatments: Results of a randomized control trial.

Here is a summary of the study and its results.

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Single session therapy in history: Bloom’s guidelines

If you follow these articles you have seen one thing: several therapists of different approaches over the years have supported, experimented and implemented principles and practices later found in Single Session Therapy.

An example of this is Article 11 known psychotherapists who adopt the principles of the Single Session.

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A SST service for children, adolescents and families: the ROCK

How can Single Session Therapy be integrated into an institution that provides mental health services for children, adolescents and families?

Continuing the path of discovery of the different contexts in the world in which the logic of the walk-in is applied in integration with the Single Session Therapy, in this article we will focus on a particular service present in Ontario, the Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK ), whose characteristics and type of experience are very interesting with respect to the objective we have dealt with so far, namely that of rethinking the way of conceiving psychological intervention and the management of mental health services.

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Benefit of single session therapy for particular categories

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With which categories of people can the Single Session Therapy be applied?

We recently published an article that referred to the use of SST in relation to particular problems or difficulties.

With today’s post we want to propose a further point of view, always based on the concept of applicability. That is to specify which categories of users / patients can benefit from a single meeting, without necessarily having to undertake a therapeutic path.

Furthermore, we will not take into consideration the classic categories of mental distress, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive disorders and so on, but we will give a different perspective, useful to propose Single Session Therapy.  

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Two ways in which the psychologist can apply single session therapy

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How can Single Session Therapy be implemented in professional practice? Today we want to illustrate 2 ways to be able to integrate it into your professional practice, especially in private practice.

With this article we address all those professionals (psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation technicians, etc.) who see psychotherapy, or more generally in the helping relationship, a service aimed at the person and for this reason, they feel the constant need to do research, update themselves and come into contact with innovative practices in order to maximize the effectiveness of their intervention and respond in a targeted manner to changes and new requests from citizens.

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Relief therapy: giving the person what they need

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Is it possible to give the person asking for psychological support what they need, when they need it?

We are confronted with a society and people that have changed a lot compared to just a few years ago. In a previous article (The future of psychotherapy) I reported some data on the trends and prospects of the health system, particularly in the area of mental health.

How should the psychologist’s approach change accordingly, in order to continue to reach and help people?

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Use single session therapy for specific problems

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Single Session Therapy can be integrated in different ways within professional practice. One of these is to use it for particular problems.

So far we have dealt with how to integrate TSS into professional practice, starting first with the description of the method and the theoretical principles underlying it, then exploring the possible areas of intervention, up to experiencing it in the therapeutic context.

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