Applying the codependency concept to concerned significant others of problem gamblers: Words of caution
This interactive webinar takes a critical look at how the codependency (CD) concept developed, current uses in treatment and research, and the suitability for using CD principles with concerned significant others of program gamblers. The implications of applying principles of the CD movement are discussed, including oppression, recruitment and retention for problem gambling treatment, and the impact on children. Recommendations for addressing CD principles in treatment are made. Suggestions for the use of alternative approaches, such as the Stress-Strain-Coping-Support model and Traumatic Incident Reduction, will be presented.
Kimberly Calderwood, Ph.D., RSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. Her research interests focus on bereavement processes, societal influences on bereavement, and addiction issues in the context of recruitment, retention, and service delivery. She has recently begun a private practice in Windsor as an intern to become a Certified Traumatic Incident Reduction Facilitator, an approach that focuses on resolving the impact of past traumas rather than simply assisting clients in finding ways to “cope” with the negative associations that occur as a result of trauma.