PD blog: May

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Online resources


Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Bowden, J. A., Delfabbro, P., Room, R., Miller, C., & Wilson, C. (2019). Parental drinking in Australia: Does the age of children in the home matter?. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(3), 306-315.

Forster, S. E., DePhilippis, D., & Forman, S. D. (2019). “I’s” on the prize: A systematic review of individual differences in Contingency Management treatment response. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Maple, M., Pearce, T., Gartshore, S., MacFarlane, F., Wayland, S. (2019).
Social Work in Rural New South Wales School Settings: Addressing Inequalities Beyond the School Gate. Australian Social Work, 72(2), 219-232.

Olmstead, T. A., Graff, F. S., Ames-Sikora, A., McCrady, B. S., Gaba, A., & Epstein, E. E. (2019). Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Shepherd, S. M. (2019). Can a Connection to Culture Reduce Mental Illness Symptoms and Risk for Future Violence? Australian Psychologist, 54(2), 151–156.

Thomas, D. P., Lyons, L., & Borland, R. (2019). Predictors and reasons for starting and sustaining quit attempts in a national cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(3), 244-253.

Open Access Articles

Bennett, B., & Gates, T. G. (2019). Teaching cultural humility for social workers serving LGBTQI Aboriginal communities in Australia. Social Work Education, 1-14.

Bucich, M., & MacCann, C. (2019). Emotional intelligence research in Australia: Past contributions and future directions. Australian Journal of Psychology, 71(1), 59-67.

Kartal, D., Alkemade, N., & Kiropoulos, L. (2019). Trauma and mental health in resettled refugees: mediating effect of host language acquisition on posttraumatic stress disorder, depressive and anxiety symptoms. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56(1), 3-23.

Scanlan, J. N., & Still, M. (2019). Relationships between burnout, turnover intention, job satisfaction, job demands and job resources for mental health personnel in an Australian mental health service. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 62.

Useful resources

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, formerly the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), has moved to the University of Sydney. The Matilda Centre will oversee the National Comorbidity Clinical Guidelines, the Positive Choices portal, Climate Schools and research projects in substance use and mental health disorders in young people.

Methamphetamine a brief overview is a video produced by Insight which outlines the key features, effects and treatment options for people who use methamphetamine.

Dovetail published a best practice guide to assist Queensland school communities to better prevent and respond to alcohol and other drug use.
The package contains:

  • advice on how to implement a ‘whole school approach’ to alcohol and other drug prevention;
  • information on evidence-informed alcohol and other drug classroom education
    practical steps on responding to alcohol and other drug incidents;
  • an audit to identify areas for improvement in your school’s approach to alcohol and other drugs;
  • a template for developing a plan to improve your responses to alcohol and other drug issues;
  • guidance for supporting young people and their families who are affected by alcohol and other drug use.

e-Book of the month

Mignon, S. I. (2015). Substance Abuse Treatment : Options, Challenges, and Effectiveness. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


The first compendium of all substance abuse treatment options with a focus on best practicesThis is the first compendium of the entire range of options available for treating substance abuse, with a focus on effectiveness. The book synthesizes treatment approaches from medicine, psychology, sociology, and social work, and investigates regimens that range from brief interventions to the most intensive and expensive types of inpatient treatment programs. It examines controversies over best practices in substance treatment and closely analyzes current research findings and their applicability for improving substance abuse treatment in the future. Written for both academics and clinicians, the book translates complex research findings into an easily understandable format. Substance Abuse Treatment examines the circumstances under which a treatment is considered effective and how effectiveness is measured. It discusses treatment goals and looks at the importance of client motivation in positive treatment outcomes. A great variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment options are examined, as are self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. This segues to a discussion of the changing role of self-help programs in treatment. The text also analyzes changes in the substance abuse treatment industry that make treatment more costly and less available to those without financial resources. It gives special attention to the treatment of diverse populations, those with co-occurring disorders, and criminal justice populations. National, state, and local prevention efforts are covered as well as substance abuse prevention and future issues in treatment. The book is intended for undergraduate and graduate substance abuse courses in all relevant areas of study. In addition, it will be an important reference for substance abuse clinicians and other health professionals who treat patients with substance abuse issues.Key Features:Comprises a comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical guide to the field of substance abuse treatment and its efficacy Synthesizes treatment approaches from medicine, psychology, sociology, and social work Investigates all regimens ranging from brief interventions to intensive inpatient treatment programs, from outpatient to 12-step programs Explores the changing role of self-help programs in treatment Includes chapters on substance abuse treatment with special populations including children/adolescents, women, older adults, and criminal offenders

Free to read for all HOA staff from the library catalogue on work computers

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre in Brisbane, unless otherwise specified including:

Advanced harm reduction – Brisbane, 2/05/2019, 09:00-13:00:
Participants must have completed Insight’s “Understanding Psychoactive Drugs” workshop or be an existing employee of an AOD or Mental Health service to be eligible for this workshop.

Dovetail – Young people and drugs – Bundaberg, 2/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Understanding psychoactive drugs – Gladstone, 2/05/2019, 09:00-16:30:
Prerequisite: eLearning – Induction – Module 2 –  Understanding Psychoactive Drugs

Micro-counselling skills and brief interventions – Gladstone, 3/05/2019, 09:00-16:00.

Clinical case formulation skills – Brisbane, 7/05/2019, 09:00-16:30.

Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment – Bundaberg, 9/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Introduction to motivational interviewing – Townsville, 10/05/2019, 08:00-16:00:
Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 5

Micro-counselling skills and brief interventions- Bundaberg,
15/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment – Cairns,
16/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Trauma informed care for AOD practice- Cairns,
17/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Dovetail- Young people and drugs- Charleville, 21/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Introduction to motivational interviewing- Brisbane, 21/05/2019, 09:00-16:30:
Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 5

AOD crash course- Introduction to working with people who use substances- Rockhampton, 21/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Culturally secure AOD practice- Featuring IRIS- Rockhampton, 22/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Dovetail- Young people and drugs- Cunnamulla, 23/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

An introduction to mindfulness in AOD (2 day workshop)- Brisbane, 23/05/2019 and 30/05/2019, 09:00-13:00

Introduction to motivational interviewing- Rockhampton, 24/05/2019, 09:00-16:30:
Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 5

Micro-counselling skills and brief interventions- Sunshine Coast, 27/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment- Townsville, 28/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

Trauma informed care for AOD practice- Townsville, 29/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

AOD crash course- introduction to working with people who use substances- Mackay, 30/05/2019, 09:00-16:30

AOD relapse prevention and management- Mackay, 31/05/2019, 09:00-16:30:
Prerequisite: eLearning – Induction – Module 6 – Relapse Prevention and Management

Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them, visit www.insight.qld.edu.au

Attend – conferences 

Walk on the Wild Side or WOWS is a one-day AOD symposium for Queensland workers and is currently in its twelfth year. WOWS12 will be held at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Education Centre in Brisbane on Friday 10th May 2019. This year’s theme is ‘Obstacle or Opportunity’ and the program includes a number of contemporary topics and engaging keynote speakers. Registration from $110

Listen – podcasts, webinars

How to do a four column diagram

Dovetail Qld Published on Mar 13, 2019 In this video, Cassie from Dovetail describes a brief, AOD practice tool called the ‘four-column diagram.’ The four-column diagram is a brief intervention tool developed by Marina Birmingham, which combines some principles of motivational interviewing with a decisional balance- which involves weighing up the pros and cons of change. The aim of the tool is to help the person identify the reasons behind their substance use in a non-threatening way and to encourage them to consider making changes to their AOD use. Birmingham, M. S. (1986). An out-patient treatment programme for adolescent substance abusers. Journal of Adolescence, 9, 123-33.

Alcohol: Tonic or Toxin?
Looks at the history of alcohol consumption through the ages, as views about possible health benefits or health risks have fluctuated. The podcast focuses on the recent idea that wine consumption may have health benefits.  Throughout the 1990’s, a theory emerged that was referred to as “The French Paradox”. This referred to the apparent paradox of a high fat diet often consumed by French people, but the resulting low rates of cardiovascular disease. One theory put forward to explain this apparent paradox, was high levels of red wine consumption. However, it seems that this theory was put forward with the support of the alcohol industry, and resulted in significant increases in red wine consumption. More recent research has found very little evidence to support health benefits from red wine consumption, with growing evidence that there is very little evidence that any alcohol consumption has health benefits. Despite this, many people continue to believe that there are health benefits from wine consumption.

Insight Webinars

Digital mental health in practice. 1/05/2019, 10:00-11:00

Medicinal cannabis in Queensland. 8/05/2019, 10:00-11:00

Working with individuals and families impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 15/04/2019, 10:00-11:00

QuikFix personality risk-targeted brief interventions for substance use. 22/05/2019, 10:00-11:00

Insight presentation recordings available now on YouTube

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