PD Blog -September

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Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Berman, N., & Rizzo, F. (2019). Unlocking Hikikomori: an interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Youth Studies, 22(6), 791-806.

Buckell, J., & Sindelar, J. L. (2019). The impact of flavors, health risks, secondhand smoke and prices on young adults’ cigarette and e‐cigarette choices: a discrete choice experiment. Addiction.

Burn, M., Lewis, A., McDonald, L., & Toumbourou, J. W. (2019). An Australian adaptation of the Strengthening Families Program: Parent and child mental health outcomes from a pilot study. Australian Psychologist.

Kirk, D. S. (2019). The association between residential relocation and re‐incarceration among drug‐dependent former prisoners. Addiction.

Verrelli, S., White, F. A., Harvey, L. J., & Pulciani, M. R. (2019). Minority stress, social support, and the mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Australians during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Australian Psychologist.

Young, R., & Tully, M. (2019). ‘Nobody wants the parents involved’: Social norms in parent and adolescent responses to cyberbullying. Journal of Youth Studies, 22(6), 856-872.

Open Access Articles

Bakker, D., Kazantzis, N., Rickwood, D., & Rickard, N. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of three smartphone apps for enhancing public mental health. Behaviour research and therapy, 109, 75-83.

Lee, K. K., Wilson, S., Perry, J., Room, R., Callinan, S., Assan, R., … & Jack, P. (2018). Developing a tablet computer-based application (‘App’) to measure self-reported alcohol consumption in Indigenous Australians. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 18(1), 8.

Nesbitt, O., & Johnson, L. (2019). Homeless at home? Analysing the housing needs and insecurities of single, older, non-homeowning women. UQ| UP Research Paper, (2).

Puhl, R. M., Himmelstein, M. S., & Watson, R. J. (2019). Weight-based victimization among sexual and gender minority adolescents: Implications for substance use and mental health. Health psychology.

Open Access Journals

VCU Libraries Research Guides: Open access drug and alcohol journals

e-book of the month

Hamilton, Z. K. (2011). Treatment Matching for Substance-abusing Offenders. El Paso: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.
Hamilton focuses on a population of offenders released from prison to halfway houses. Based on assessments administered prior to admission, intervention groups were established using Latent Class Analysis, which identified several classes or “types” of substance abusing offenders. The resulting classification was utilized to assess responsivity among four program orientations: 12-Step, Cognitive-Behavioural, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities. A matching strategy was then created from class-program interactions. This study is first to examine typology construction as a method for improving treatment effectiveness. Policy implications describe extensions of the study methodology – refining target populations and improving resource allocations for re-entry.

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

Useful resources

Australian Drug Foundation toolkits and webinars including:

  • Peer support
  • Alcohol and pregnancy
  • Education in schools
  • Strong and connected communities

ADIS Resources Queensland and South Australia: free resources to download

Insight Qld: More free resources to download and guidelines for AOD workers

Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Drugs: the basics -free e-learning packages

Free workshops in Queensland

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.

This workshop will cover:

  • Trauma and Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
  • TIC and Substance Use: Making the Links
  • Neuroscience of Trauma
  • Vicarious Trauma: Self-care and use of self
  • Responding to client needs & building a Tool Kit

NB: This workshop requires workers to have a foundational level of knowledge of AOD practice; the workshop is designed to complement and enhance your existing AOD practice. 

If you are new to the area of AOD practice, it is recommended that you have completed the AOD Crash Course (Insight) or Young People and Drugs (Dovetail) training at minimum before attending this course.

Rockhampton 13 August

Brisbane 16 August

Sunshine Coast 28 August

Roma 12 September

Understanding psychoactive drugs

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – 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. The workshop also covers:

  • classification and effects of psychoactive drugs (including street names for commonly used drugs)
  • patterns of use and harms from substance use
  • basic neurobiology
  • intoxication and overdose
  • tolerance and withdrawal
  • pharmacotherapies currently available

Townsville 16 August

Brisbane 19 September

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.

Topics include:

  • history of substance use, statistics, prevalence and rates of use
  • foundational AOD theories and concepts
  • understanding dependence, tolerance and withdrawal
  • rationale and principles underpinning withdrawal management
  • patient presentations for withdrawal management
  • assessment for withdrawal management
  • drug-specific withdrawal symptoms, including the withdrawal process and expected duration

Caboolture 21 August

AOD crash course

This one-day workshop is designed for new and/or non-specialist workers who want to develop a broad understanding of psychoactive drugs and a basic knowledge and skillset in how to support someone who may be experiencing problematic substance use.

NB: This course features content highlights from all of Insight’s Core Skills Workshops, particularly “Understanding Psychoactive Drugs”.  It is not recommended if you are planning on completing the full suite of Core Skills Workshops. There is also some duplication with content contained within Dovetail’s Young People and Drugs (YPaD).

Topics covered include:

  • history of substance use, statistics, prevalence and rates of use
  • key substance types, effects and patterns of use
  • understanding harm and substance dependence
  • values, language, stigma and discrimination
  • the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)
  • aims and objectives of AOD treatment
  • basic assessment and brief intervention
  • basic harm reduction and managing intoxication
  • where to go for more information, training and support

Brisbane 9 September

Mt Isa 18 September

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.

Participants will learn how to use the Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) and associated brief intervention tools alongside other practical tips, tricks, tools and resources for use in everyday practice.

Brisbane 10 September

Micro-counselling and brief intervention skills

This workshop uses a mix of case-studies, live-practice scenarios and video examples to explore the range of counselling techniques and skillsets required to form and maintain a therapeutic relationship with clients, conduct screening and brief interventions and have difficult conversations with clients and family members.

Topics covered include:

  • Active listening skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Recognising and overcoming barriers to effective communication
  • Conducting screening and brief interventions using FRAMES and brief motivational interviewing techniques
  • Managing challenging behaviours by utilising de-escalation and refusal skills
  • Responding to common counselling dilemmas and client curveballs

Brisbane 12 September

AOD clinical assessment

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 4 

This interactive workshop introduces participants to clinical assessment for alcohol and other drug problems.

Topics covered include:

  • raising the issue of alcohol and other drug use with clients
  • screening instruments
  • assessment instruments
  • bio-psychosocial elements of assessment
  • situational alcohol and other drug risks
  • practical skill development exercises.

Townsville 13 September

Assessing and managing withdrawal

he 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.

It is highly recommended that the workshop ‘Understanding psychoactive drugs’ is completed prior to attending this course to provide you with an understanding of psychoactive drugs, neurotransmitters, tolerance and withdrawal

Topics include:

  • understanding dependence, tolerance and withdrawal
  • rationale and principles underpinning withdrawal management
  • patient presentations for withdrawal management
  • assessments for substance specific withdrawal management
  • drug-specific withdrawal symptoms, including the withdrawal process and expected duration

Gold Coast 17 September

 

 

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Webinars

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00

Connecting the dots: strengthening the opioid dependence treatment profile in Queensland. Peter Cochrane

In response to the Queensland Parole System Review, the Queensland Government supported recommendation 31, to introduce opioid substitution treatment (OST) into all correctional centres (CCs). OST is now available across all women’s CCs, and men’s CCs in Mareeba and Townsville. This presentation will look at the processes, challenges and successes of bringing OST into the correctional environment and highlight the collaborative approach taken to deliver Stage 1 implementation.

Supporting child social emotional wellbeing when working with parents who use substances. Ruby Awram

So much of a child’s long-term outcomes are affected by their earliest experiences. Whilst the AOD sector recognises the crucial need to support the social emotional wellbeing of children who live with parents using substances, there remains significant practice and organisational challenges. This webinar invites you to consider your own practice and how your organisation supports parents who use alcohol and other drugs to have conversations about their children’s mental health using Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health resources.

What does Opioid Stewardship mean for you? Champika Shiromala Pattullo

This presentation will explore the key elements of the Queensland Opioid Stewardship Program in relation to pain management while avoiding unintended harm.

Insight Webinar Archive

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