PD blog: June

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Online resources


Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Cense, M., & Ruard Ganzevoort, R. (2018). The storyscapes of teenage pregnancy. On morality, embodiment, and narrative agency. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-16.

Chaney, M. P. (2019). LGBTQ+ Addiction Research: An Analysis of the Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 40(1), 2-16.

Doumas, D. M., Miller, R. M., & Esp, S. (2019). Continuing Education in Motivational Interviewing for Addiction Counselors: Reducing the Research‐to‐Practice Gap. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 40(1), 36-51.

Jongenelis, M. I., Brennan, E., Slevin, T., Kameron, C., Rudaizky, D., & Pettigrew, S. (2018). Differences in use of electronic nicotine delivery systems by smoking status and demographic characteristics among Australian young adults. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Lovallo, W. R., Cohoon, A. J., Acheson, A., Sorocco, K. H., & Vincent, A. S. (2018). Blunted stress reactivity reveals vulnerability to early life adversity in young adults with a family history of alcoholism. Addiction.

Stubbing, J., & Gibson, K. (2019). Young people’s explanations for youth suicide in New Zealand: a thematic analysis. Journal of Youth Studies, 22(4), 520-532.

Vella, E., & McIver, S. (2019). Reducing stress and burnout in the public‐sector work environment: A mindfulness meditation pilot study. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 30(2), 219-227.

Open Access Articles

Fernández-Artamendi, S., Al-Halabí, S., Burón, P., Rodríguez-Revuelta, J., Garrido, M., González-Blanco, L., … & Bobes, J. (2019). Prevention of recurrent suicidal behavior: Case management and psychoeducation. Psicothema, 31(2), 107-113.

Lely, J. C., Smid, G. E., Jongedijk, R. A., Knipscheer, J. W., & Kleber, R. J. (2019). The effectiveness of narrative exposure therapy: a review, meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1550344.

Meffert, B. N., Morabito, D. M., Mosich, M. K., Loflin, M. J., Sottile, J., & Heinz, A. J. (2019). Navigating Blind in the Green Rush: Clinical Considerations and Harm Reduction Practices for Cannabis. Current drug research reviews, 11(1), 3.

Wilson, S., Partos, T., McNeill, A., & Brose, L. S. (2019). Harm perceptions of e‐cigarettes and other nicotine products in a UK sample. Addiction.

Useful resources

The Australian alcohol-attributable harm visualisation tool can be used to identify state-by-state and national trends in alcohol-attributable deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, as well as to create maps and charts of alcohol-attributable harm.

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

e-Book of the month

Copping, V. (2018). Re-Circuiting Trauma Pathways in Adults, Parents, and Children : A Brain-Based, Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Method. New York, NY: Routledge.

Re-Circuiting Trauma Pathways in Adults, Parents, and Children presents the evidence-informed and substantiated Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM), with an emphasis on up-to-date trauma theory, the development of specialized clinical skills, and the replicability of methods. Grounded in original research, experiential practice, and mathematical principles of logic, the ITTM targets and treats both the child’s and the caregiver’s complex trauma, providing the content and the process for supplying an effective, and brief, caregiver-first treatment option. It delivers an innovative, multigenerational approach to complex trauma treatment that strengthens the caregiver-child relationship by motivating and teaching caregivers to help their children cope with the effects of trauma. (EBSCO)

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:

Understanding psychoactive drugs: Prerequisite e-learning- Induction Module 2 :This workshop is designed for those wanting to gain a basic understanding of what psychoactive drugs are and the various licit and illicit substances used in Australia today.

June 3 Hervey Bay; June 7 Cairns; June 18 Rockhampton

AOD crash course-introduction to working with people who use substances:
This introductory workshop is designed for new and/or non-specialist workers who want to develop a better understanding of how psychoactive drugs work alongside a basic knowledge and skillset in how to support people who may be experiencing problematic substance use.

June 3 Beaudesert; June 20 Logan; June 26 Bundaberg

Micro-counselling skills and brief interventions:
In the counselling environment, a well-established therapeutic relationship provides the necessary foundation for delivering a wide range of treatment interventions that enhance treatment outcomes. In the AOD counselling environment, brief interventions are often delivered opportunistically to raise a client’s awareness of some of the issues associated with their AOD use. A sound skill in the use of micro-counselling skills can build a strong therapeutic relationship that thereby facilitates clients’ optimal receipt of treatment for problematic AOD use.

June 4 Hervey Bay; June 6 Cairns; June 19 Rockhampton

Culturally secure AOD practice featuring IRIS: This updated 1-day workshop aims to build cultural capacity when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who use substances. Designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers alike, the course promotes a culturally-secure AOD framework and approach to direct practice.

June 4 Beaudesert; June 21 Logan; June 26 Bundaberg

Dovetail- young people and drugs:
This full-day workshop targets practitioners who work directly with young people aged 12 – 25 years in a one-on-one capacity including youth workers, alcohol and drug workers / clinicians, child safety officers, youth justice officers, residential support workers, youth support coordinators, school-based youth health nurses, Indigenous health workers, mental health professionals, guidance officers and employment and vocational staff.

June 4 Brisbane

AOD relapse prevention and management: Prerequisite e-learning – Induction Module 6:
This workshop will equip workers with practical and positive strategies to assist clients who experience difficulty maintaining their drug use goals including preventing and managing relapse.

June 6 Brisbane; June 14 Townsville; June 28 Cairns

Trauma informed care for AOD practice:
Insight and Dovetail collaborate to bring you an interactive workshop on Trauma Informed Care for AOD Practice.  The workshop is targeted towards alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers who wish to develop their understanding and application of trauma informed care.

June 11 Brisbane

Sensory approaches for AOD practice:
Sensory Approaches is a collective term for a range of interventions that focus on supporting the client to achieve regulation of affect, attention and behaviour through regulation of bodily arousal states using a range of sensory modalities.* It is widely used in mental health services as a trauma informed approach, and as a first line intervention to manage difficult emotional states.

June 13 Brisbane

AOD clinical assessment: Prerequisite e-learning – Induction Module 4:
This interactive workshop introduces participants to clinical assessment for alcohol and other drug problems

June 14 Cairns

Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment:
This one day workshop will explore a broad range of family inclusive approaches, strategies and tools that can assist in improving the effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment, including addressing some of the specific barriers to implementing family-inclusive approaches in practice.

June 17 Brisbane

Introduction to motivational interviewing: Prerequisite e-learning –Induction Module 5:
This workshop develops core skills in working with clients who are ambivalent about making change to their substance use.

June 21 Cairns

AOD in pregnancy, birth and beyond:
This workshop is targeted towards alcohol and other drug workers as well as other health professionals who are working with substance using pregnant women and who wish to develop their knowledge in the area of substance use in pregnancy and the newborn.

June 25 Brisbane

Advance harm reduction:
This course is designed to equip frontline AOD and Mental Health specialists with up-to-date information on generalist and substance-specific harm reduction strategies for AOD clients (participants must have completed “Understanding psychoactive drugs” workshop or be an AOD or mental health employee

June 27 Caboolture

Introduction to withdrawal management:
The aim of the course is to develop basic knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of withdrawal for people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs as outlined in the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Clinical Practice Guidelines.

June 28 Chermside

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

Attend – conferences 

There is just over 2 months to go until the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference, and places are filling up fast! Be sure to register and make your travel arrangements to secure your spot in Darwin.

Price $480-1050

Write – presentations, journal articles

APSAD 2019 Hobart Conference, 10-13 November

Deadline for abstracts 26 May. Please see website for presentation types and subjects as they are too numerous to list.

They are also open to registrations to attend.

Prices from $410-1120, 18-20 June

Listen – podcasts, webinars

The adolescent brain

In this video, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore a leading neuroscientist of adolescent development, summarises what researchers currently know about the developing adolescent brain.  In an easy to understand way, Sarah-Jayne describes the brain structures, functions and behaviours unique to young people. This includes the phenomena of ‘synaptic pruning’ in which gray matter, which is mostly found in the cortex, declines dramatically during adolescence and synapses that aren’t being used are pruned away or eliminated.

Sarah-Jayne’s research focuses on understanding the increase in risk-taking and peer influence during adolescence in relation to brain development and changes.  In the video, she discusses her research looking at cognitive processes like self-awareness, the understanding of other people, self-identity development, and risk taking during this period of life. (Dovetail, 2019)

Insight Webinars

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00

June 5: Treatment of hepatitis C in substance use population.

This presentation will provide an overview of changes in Hepatitis C virus therapy. It will include a discussion on its prevalence, new treatment options and the uptake of therapy amongst people substance using populations.

June 12: Opiate replacement therapy in pregnancy, breastfeeding and the newborn.

This presentation will discuss the impacts of Opiate Replacement Therapy on pregnancy, breastfeeding and the newborn. It will discuss the pregnancy care needs of women on ORT, what follow up is required as well as the recommendation for breastfeeding. It will also cover the management of the newborn baby and what impacts this may have on the family unit.

June 19: Sex, drugs and, men in Flux.

Gay and bisexual men (GBM) use licit and illicit drugs at higher rates compared to their heterosexual male counterparts. The only study of its type, Flux is a national prospective observational study of licit and illicit drug use among GBM. Flux examines individual trajectories of drug using behaviours and beliefs, and changes over time. This seminar will focus on the context, trends, and incidence of drug use, and factors predicting use and problematic use.

June 26: The mysteries of MDMA.

Recently there has been significant interest in the therapeutic application of MDMA particularly in treating PTSD and other treatment-resistant conditions.  This presentation will provide an overview of MDMA including history, effects, risks, harms and potential future uses for this fascinating substance.

Insight presentation recordings available now on YouTube

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