Congruence Couple Therapy for gambling and substance use

This webinar series is presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use at PSSP.

The gambling and addiction field has traditionally focused on the individual in treatment although we know that concerned significant others are invariably affected.  Redefining addiction as a relational problem, Dr. Bonnie Lee developed and researched Congruence Couple Therapy (CCT) as a way to target the couple unit and address the stress from dysfunctional communication, shame and guilt and the impact of adverse childhood experiences to bolster recovery and prevent relapse. 

Congruence Couple Therapy is an innovative, humanistic, evidence-based systemic therapy for gambling and other addictive disorders.  Interventions aim to enhance emotion regulation and congruent communication to help clients shift from dysfunctional to effective patterns in relation to self and others. This relationship-focused and trauma-informed model provides a conceptual framework and structured application to guide counsellors to work with couples effectively and creatively.

Using the Congruence Couple Therapy: Concept and Method Workbook as a guide, this interactive workshop series will include readings, short presentations, case studies, discussions and role-plays of case vignettes to demonstrate CCT and its application in a clinical context. Dr. Lee will provide learners with a copy of the workbook.

This advanced training opportunity is only for clinicians with three or more years of experience working with gambling, gaming or technology use clients; we may contact you to confirm your eligibility.

Start date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

End date: Thursday, June 23, 2022

The sessions will take place every Thursday for 6 weeks from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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The GGTU team is currently developing an advanced CCT guided application series, for which, the Congruence Couple Therapy for Gambling and Substance Use workshop series will be a pre-requisite.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop series, learners will be able to:

This webinar series has been accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 18.0 Continuing Education Units.


Bonnie Lee, PhD, MSW (RSW), RMFT Supervisor, is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences (Addictions Counselling) at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. A highly rated speaker, international trainer and a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Lee is the Principal Investigator in two decades of research that developed the theory and efficacy of Congruence Couple Therapy for addiction and co-occurring mental health concerns. In recognition of her national and international leadership in bringing an innovative systemic couple therapy approach into the treatment of addiction, she was awarded the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) in Healthy Futures (2016–19). Her academic career included appointments in Sapporo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Athens. With research that spans randomized trials on couple treatment outcomes, training evaluation, trauma and addiction, cultural values and beliefs, and a relational framework for gambling disorder, her articles are published in a range of peer-reviewed international journals.

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