March PD opportunities

A few PD opportunities for February.  If you’d like to add something be sure to comment or email the library

Write – presentations and papers

17th International Mental Health Conference
Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper at the 17thInternational Mental Health Conference in Gold Coast, QLD from 10 – 12 August 2016 are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. “Guiding the Change” is the theme and direction for the 2016 Conference.
Conference topics include:
– Indigenous Wellbeing
– Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery
– The Importance of Mental Health Carers
– e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media
– Research, Education and Case Studies
– Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival
– Clinical Disorder Updates
– From Childhood to Adolescents to Adulthood – The Journey of Life
Submissions due: 22nd April

Read – professional reading

Lee, N. K., Cameron, J. and Jenner, L. (2015), A systematic review of interventions for co-occurring substance use and borderline personality disorders. Drug and Alcohol Review,34: 663–672.

Wilson, A. J., Bonevski, B., Dunlop, A., Shakeshaft, A., Tzelepis, F., Walsberger, S., Farrell, M., Kelly, P. J., and Guillaumier, A. (2016) ‘The lesser of two evils’: A qualitative study of staff and client experiences and beliefs about addressing tobacco in addiction treatment settings. Drug Alcohol Rev, 35: 92–101. doi: 10.1111/dar.12322.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)

Internal professional development session held in the Annerley boardroom and via Skype meeting.
February’s journal club will be presented by the CAFSS Annerley
Date: 21st March, 12.30pm AEST

Working in teams: A practical guide – online course

Free online course from the University of Queensland. Teamwork is an essential component of most professional activities in the modern world. But what makes an effective team? This course is an introduction to teamwork skills for all disciplines that will help you improve your own performance and that of your team. It covers why teams are important, the roles of individuals in a team, systems and processes for effective teamwork and communication, and methods for addressing team conflict. Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of tools and templates that you will be able to use with any team.
When: starts 15th March
Duration: Self-paced, 5-6hr/wk!

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Podcast – Nancy Roget: Around the Next Curve: Using Technology in Addiction Social Work Practice

The literature on the use of tele-mental health is more than 50 years old, yet its integration into clinical social work practice has lagged. In this episode, Nancy Roget illustrates how technology can be incorporated into clinical social work by using applications being developed to address the treatment and recovery needs of substance addicted individuals. Additionally, Ms. Roget explores the of use of technology in clinical supervision.
Duration: 38mins

Sexuality, Gender, Spirituality, and Mental Health – webinar recording

An overview of the importance of spirituality when addressing the mental health concerns of the LGBTI community. Matt will look at some different ways of understanding spirituality, the difference between spirituality and religion, the impact of spiritual abuse on the LGBTI community, and how to incorporate spirituality into the helping professions.
Duration: 1hr

InSight seminar series

Wednesdays, 10am – 11am AEST – Topics lists below

The Queensland AOD Landscape 2016

Jeff Buckley, Insight; Rebecca MacBean, QNADA; and Linda Hipper, AOD SIG
Finding it hard to keep track of all of the recent AOD strategies, action plans, policy developments and funding announcements?  This presentation will provide you with a simple overview of the currently AOD landscape in Queensland and beyond including key policy directions, funding streams and upcoming workforce and sector events for 2016.
When: 2nd March

Impacts of Meth/amphetamine Use in Rural and Remote Queensland

Dr Jan Robertson, Research Fellow, James Cook University
This seminar will focus on the impacts and implications for practice in relation to meth/amphetamine use in rural and remote Queensland using results of recent interviews and surveys with front-line service providers, community members and stakeholders undertaken across northern and north-east Queensland.
When: 9th March

Working with Families

Tony Trimingham, CEO Family Drug Support
This talk will provide an overview of the key principles underpinning good practice with family members of people who use substances including methamphetamine. What can practitioners do to better understand and support the partners, parents, siblings and loved ones living the “day-to-day” with someone experiencing substance dependence?
When: 16th March

What is drug checking?

Jeff Buckley, Insight
There have been renewed calls for the introduction of drug-checking (aka ‘pill-testing’) at music following a spate of drug related deaths in Australia over the past 12 months.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of the different drug checking programs operating around the world, and the pros and cons of each testing technology available.  
When: 23rd March

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