April PD Opportunities

Find below some of professional development opportunities available in April.  As always, please comment or contact the library if you have something to add.

Write – presentations and papers

International Mental Health Conference at the Gold Coast

Abstract submissions are still open for the International Mental Health conference
The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. The program will include an extensive range of topics with keynotes, concurrent sessions, workshops and posters. Topics will include:

  • Early intervention and treatment advances
  • Recovery oriented practice
  • e-Health, technology and social media
  • Suicide prevention and support
  • Child, youth and family mental health promotion and services
  • Demands for an ageing population
  • Targeted services for vulnerable groups
  • Indigenous mental, social, emotional and environmental health
  • LGBTI mental health promotion and resilience
  • Workplace health and wellbeing
  • Mental health in the custodial and forensic setting
  • Consumer and carer participation and opportunities
  • Offering hope: stories from the front line and lived experience
  • Open topic

Abstract submissions close 10thApril, 2015

3rd NCPIC Conference in Melbourne

Organisers are still taking abstract submissions for the 3rd NCPIC conference.
There are specific instructions on the format and style of the abstract which can be found here:

The NCPIC Conference Scientific committee is calling for submissions on a range of issues including:
  • cannabis use and intervention approaches particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • cannabis use and mental health
  • interventions for the prevention and reduction of cannabis use
  • treatment approaches for cannabis use disorder
  • the role of genetics in cannabis use and dependence
  • cannabis and driving
  • toxicology and evidence-based pharmacological applications of cannabinoids
  • the relationship between cannabis, tobacco and other drugs
  • synthetic cannabinoids
  • cannabis and comorbid mental health conditions.

Abstracts can include empirical research (group and single case studies), topic reviews, clinical issues and initiatives
Abstract submissions close 1stMay, 2015


Read – professional reading

Kelly JF, Wakeman SE, Saitz R. (2015). Stop talking “dirty”: clinicians, language, and quality of care for the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The American journal of medicine, 128(1), 8-9.


Van Den Abbeele, J., Penton-Voak, I. S., Attwood, A. S., Stephen, I. D., & Munafò, M. R. (2015). Increased facial attractiveness following moderate, but not high, alcohol consumption. Alcohol and Alcoholism, agv010.

This article is included due to the high levels of media coverage

Posselt, M., Procter, N., Galletly, C., & Crespigny, C. (2015). Aetiology of coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drug disorders: Perspectives of refugee youth and service providers. Australian Psychologist, 50(2), 130-140.

Access for Healthy Options staff, volunteers and students provided by Healthy Options Library

Schifano, F., Orsolini, L., Duccio Papanti, G., & Corkery, J. M. (2015). Novel psychoactive substances of interest for psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 14(1), 15-26.


Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)

This internal professional development session is held both in the library and on the Queensland teleconference line.  April’s session is being presented by Monica Reitano and Rebecca Sion of the Creating Options Program with the topic to be confirmed.
When: Wednesday, 15thApril, 10am

Online course – Social Entrepreneurship

In this course you will learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship (S-ENT). S-ENT describes the discovery and sustainable exploitation of opportunities to create social change. We will introduce you to S-ENT examples and guide you through the process of identifying an opportunity to address social problems as well as outlining your idea in a business plan.
Free online course, participants receive a verified certificate
Duration: 12 weeks
Time commitment: 4-6 hours/week
Enrol before: 7th April

Online course – eHealth Opportunities and challenges

KIeHealthX will introduce students to the field of eHealth and its opportunities and challenges. During the course you will get to know the different concepts that are used in the field and learn how it developed historically. This basic knowledge will help you to understand the opportunities and challenges of the field. You will meet different stakeholders from various countries and get to know their views on the opportunities and challenges of eHealth. We will introduce you to eHealth strategies and frameworks for developing and analyzing them. You will get to know methods for eHealth service development and discuss basic requirements that are necessary to achieve sustainable eHealth applications for both clinical professionals and patients.
Free online course with opportunity to earn an Honor Certificate.
Duration: 6 weeks
Time commitment: 6hr/week
Enrol before: 22nd April

Attend conferences

Grey matters conference

NCETA are hosting this national conference on identifying, preventing and responding to alcohol and other drug problems among older Australians.
Date: 1st April, 2015

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Disruption beyond adoption: In conversation with Julie Selwyn

In this podcast, Julie Selwyn talks about a study conducted with colleagues on UK adoption disruptions involving severely abused children adopted from care. She paints a picture of complex cases and the need for child participation and preparation, ongoing therapeutic support for children and adoptive parents, support and training for foster parents, and the importance of open communication about a child’s history and other ongoing issues.
Duration: 45min

Fostering Professional Resilience: The Professional Resilience Paradigm

In this episode, Ellen Fink-Samnick describes the core components, building blocks, and practical strategies associated with the Professional Resilence Paradigm. This framework provides an operationalized context and a specific set of behaviors that foster professional and personal growth as well as resilience for health and human services professionals.
Duration: 45mins

Developing therapeutic responses to methamphetamine use and dependence.  Presented by Associate Professor at NCETA, Dr Nicole Lee

Duration: 2hr 40min

Insight webinars for April

Trauma, substance use and well-being in a young population

John Kelly, Allied Health Manager/Psychologist at Youth and Biala specialised clinical service – Presentation of research that examined prevalence rates of trauma among young people attending an AOD youth service in Brisbane, and examined the links between trauma, patient characteristics, patterns of substance use and levels of psychological well-being
Date: 1st April, 9am

The hidden harm: Alcohol’s impact on children and families

Sarah Ward, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education – This research, funded by FARE, examines in detail the impact of alcohol’s harms from others on women, children and families.
These harms are often hidden, occurring in the home.
Date: 8th April, 9am

Demon weed or wonder drug? The science of medicinal cannabis

Iain McGregor, Prof of Pharmacology/NHMRC Principal Research Fellow School of Psychology, University of Sydney. – Until recently, attitudes towards cannabis have centred around possible links between cannabis use and schizophrenia, and adverse effects on the adolescent brain. New understanding shows that cannabis contains many cannabinoid molecules in addition to THC and that many non-psychoactive cannabinoids have major potential health benefits. This talk will explore the current state of play with medicinal cannabis at this exciting time of major scientific advances and political change.
Date: 15th April, 9am

An introduction to EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
Anthony Bligh Psychologist, Metro North Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Service. – EMDR therapy has demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of PTSD. However, controversy exists as to whether the therapy is any different to CBT. It has also been suggest EMDR therapy may be effective in the treatment of substance use disorders. This presentation will outline the basic EMDR processes, model, and evidence for the therapy, and discuss the suggested applications to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Date: 22nd April, 9am

Functional Imagery Training: A new way to support self-management of AOD issues

Professor David Kavanagh, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology. – Motivational interviewing shows strong effects, but is largely used to engage people in AOD treatment rather than teaching a skill for everyday use. Nor is it based on recent cognitive research and theory. Functional Imagery Training addresses these issues adopting an MI style to help people use vivid imagery to support behaviour change in the natural environment
Date: 29th April, 9am

To register or join an Insight webinar see: http://www.dovetail.org.au/insight/webinars.php 

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