Addiction & Pathological Gambling

Merchants Quay Ireland is pleased to offer a workshop on Addiction & Compulsive Gambling for those in the addiction field or related areas looking to expand and build upon their knowledge and skill set with this type of presentation. The training will include learning in key skills such as distinguishing between addiction to toxic media and behavioural compulsions, the exploration of both conscious and unconscious determinants in the clinical picture of gambling, and the relationship between compulsive gambling and the biochemical economy. This training is for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and who interacts in either a paid or voluntary capacity with people who have addiction issues.

Title: Pathological Gambling: Forcing an answer out of the symbolic game

Course facilitator: Peter Kelly, Merchants Quay Ireland, Training Officer

Venue: The Carmelite Center, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2

Schedule: 8th November 2019, 10 a.m. –4 p.m. 

Eligibility: This training is for anyone who interacts on either a paid or voluntary capacity in the area of problem drug use /addiction and has an interest in both the conscious and unconscious factors that underpin compulsive gambling. CPD points are available for this training.

Cost: €90.00

How to apply: The Addiction and Pathological Gambling application form is available here. This form can also be obtained from Peter Kelly, Training Officer at Merchants Quay Ireland at or 01-5240936. You can send the completed form to Peter at his email address.

Closing Date: Closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday 25th October 2019.

More Information: For further information please contact Peter Kelly in Merchants Quay @ 01-5240936 and/or email:


Addiction & Pathological Gambling

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of the signs and symptoms of compulsive gambling and the predisposing conditions that characterize this pathology.
  • An appreciation of the factors of winning and losing in the clinical picture of pathological gambling.
  • An overview of the relationship between compulsive gambling and the biological economy in terms of how C.G. functions for the user in terms of self-soothing, and the release of neurotransmitters.
  • An understanding of some of the psychodynamic and learning theory perspectives and their efficacy in the treatment of this presentation.
  • An awareness of some of the structural issues that can underscore pathological gambling, i.e. depression, unconscious sense of guilt, narcissism and treatment implications.
  • An opportunity to reflect on the learning from a clinical case study of C.G. and ‘to tease out’ treatment approaches and strategies.


Mr Peter Kelly MSc psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in Supervision, BPh (Philosophy), Dip Social  Studies, M.I. trainer, Reality Therapy, Certified is the Training Officer with Merchants Quay Ireland. Peter works in the area of addiction and substance misuse, and has been involved in the provision of both drug counselling and drug education for the past twenty years. His clinical background is psychoanalytic psychotherapy and he is an accredited member of both the A.C.I. (Addiction Counsellors of Ireland) and the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Ireland (A.P.P.I.). Peter is also trained in Motivational Approaches to problem drug use, and his areas of interest include both the role of the unconscious in addiction and how people manage and overcome addictive cycles.

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