PD Blog -November

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Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Barr, P. B., Kuo, S. I. C., Aliev, F., Latvala, A., Viken, R., Rose, R. J., … & Dick, D. M. (2019). Polygenic risk for alcohol misuse is moderated by romantic partnerships. Addiction.

Bone, K. D. (2019). I don’t want to be a vagrant for the rest of my life’: young peoples’ experiences of precarious work as a ‘continuous present. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-20.

Fruhbauerova, M., & Comtois, K. A. (2019). Addiction counselors and suicide: Education and experience do not improve suicide knowledge, beliefs, or confidence in treating suicidal clients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 106, 29-34.

Ghayour‐Minaie, M., King, R. M., Skvarc, D. R., Satyen, L., & Toumbourou, J. W. (2019). Family, cultural diversity, and the development of Australian adolescent substance use. Australian Psychologist.

King, K., Schlichthorst, M., Turnure, J., Phelps, A., Spittal, M. J., & Pirkis, J. (2019). Evaluating the effectiveness of a website about masculinity and suicide to prompt help‐seeking. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Miguel, A. Q., Jordan, A., Kiluk, B. D., Nich, C., Babuscio, T. A., Mari, J. J., & Carroll, K. M. (2019). Sociodemographic and clinical outcome differences among individuals seeking treatment for cocaine use disorders. The intersection of gender and race. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Phillips, W. J., & Vince, A. J. (2019). Dual‐process cognitive profiles associated with substance abuse and treatment outcomes. Australian Psychologist.

Stockings, E., Tran, L. T., Santo Jr, T., Peacock, A., Larney, S., Santomauro, D., … & Degenhardt, L. (2019). Mortality among people with regular or problematic use of amphetamines: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. Addiction.

Open Access Articles

Khawaja, N. G., Pekin, C., & Schweitzer, R. D. (2019). Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist: An investigation with culturally and linguistically diverse youth in Australia. Australian Journal of Psychology, 71(2), 137-145.

Nicholas, R., Ryan, K., & Roche, A. M. (2019). Enhancing Australia’s Clinical Research Capacity to Respond to Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs. Ann M Roche.

Skogen, J. C., Sivertsen, B., Hysing, M., Heradstveit, O., & Bøe, T. (2019). Economic circumstances in childhood and subsequent substance use in adolescence–a latent class analysis: The youth@ hordaland study. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 1115.

Song, T., Qian, S., & Yu, P. (2019). Mobile health interventions for self-control of unhealthy alcohol use: systematic review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7(1), e10899.

e-book of the month

Edwards, J. K. (2016). Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices : Finding Common Factors. New York, NY: Routledge.

An interdisciplinary handbook about strengths-based clinical practices, this book finds the common factors in specific models from social work, psychology, and counseling. The book ends with a grounded theory informed method that pulls together what each of the chapters report, and posits a theory based on that work. Comprised of 23 chapters and written by leaders in the human services fields, Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices shows how professionals and students can facilitate change and resiliency in those with whom they work.

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

Useful resources

Student placement toolkit

Dovetail’s student placement toolkit was developed as a result of consultation with universities, youth AOD organisations and students in 2018. Dovetail aims to support the youth alcohol and other drug sector in Queensland, and part of that is ensuring the knowledge and skills of new emerging practitioners. This toolkit was developed over Semester 1, 2019, and opportunity was provided for students, supervisors, organisations and universities to give feedback on the resources and what would be useful.

Mental health academy. Free online PD for mental health professionals

World Health Organization. (‎2019)‎. School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook. World Health Organization. 


Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free workshops in Queensland

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

Cairns: 8 November

Mount Isa: 25 November

Introduction to motivational interviewing

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 5

This workshop develops core skills in working with clients who are ambivalent about making change to their substance use. This interactive skills-based course covers:

  • motivational interviewing principles and processes
  • using the OARS micro-counselling skills
  • brief motivational assessment
  • motivational interviewing strategies
  • practical skills development.

Brisbane: 14 November

Cairns: 22 November

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

Toowoomba: 6 November

Ipswich: 11 November

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.

Ipswich: 18 November

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

Rockhampton: 21 November

Relapse prevention and recovery

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – 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.

Topics covered include:

  • precursors of relapse
  • the Resolution Breakdown model
  • identifying high risk situations for substance use
  • relapse prevention and management interventions
  • practical skill development exercises.

Townsville: 15 November

Cairns: 29 November

AOD harm reduction

NB: 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.

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.

Other topics covered include:

  • evidence underpinning harm reduction as an intervention
  • principles of ethical harm reduction
  • substance-specific harm reduction strategies
  • full overview of safer injecting practices

Participants will also be provided with an overview of the types of injecting equipment available at primary NSPs and witness a practical demonstration of safe injecting with a prosthetic device.

Brisbane: 5 November

Mackay: 8 November

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.

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of sensory approaches, their application for people experiencing problematic substance use, and tools to assist people to self-regulate.

Brisbane: 26 November

The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)

This workshop is designed to equip practitioners with the ability to use a screening tool to identify problem gambling behaviour. The workshop will cover:

  • the interactions of substance use, mental health and problem gambling
  • characteristics of people with problem gambling behaviours
  • the groups most at risk for problem gambling in Queensland
  • the use of the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)
  • practice-based strategies including the role of brief interventions, self-help and referral options.

Brisbane: 7 November

Trauma informed care for AOD practice

nsight 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.

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

Brisbane: 12 November

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.

Cairns:  15 November

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.

Topics covered include:

  • understanding the impact of substance use on families
  • including families in intake and assessment
  • explaining and managing confidentiality
  • genograms and timeline approaches
  • supporting families through treatment
  • tips for family self-care.

Brisbane: 19 November

Clinical Case Formulation Skills

The aim of this workshop is to assist clinicians from all disciplines to improve their clinical case formulation skills. It will provide an understanding of what constitutes case formulation, its distinction from diagnosis, and an overview of developing case formulation within a functional analysis framework.  Clinical reasoning ‘traps’ that can influence assessment and formulation will also be discussed.

This workshop will be interactive and involve the application of skills in designing clearly written and logical explanations of how a case is understood. The workshop will also focus on how to organise contradictory information about a person in case formulation and improve treatment planning.

Brisbane: 28 November

Chemsex training

This training module provides an introduction to working with men who engage in chemsex. It provides an overview of the history, terminology, and important considerations for AOD specialist workers. It is suitable for all levels of staff in an organisation and can complement existing induction for new staff into the AOD sector. The module was developed in partnership with Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC).

LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice training for the AOD sector

This training module provides an introduction to inclusive practice when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) clients. It provides an overview of the history, terminology, and important considerations for AOD specialist workers. It is suitable for all levels of staff in an organisation and can complement existing induction for new staff into the AOD sector. The module was developed in partnership with Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC).

Attend -conferences

17th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium to be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November 2019 at UNSW Sydney.

The Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium draws on social, cultural and critical theory to discuss research on any forms of ‘dangerous’, ‘risky’ and contested consumption. We encourage presentations from critical, social and cultural studies perspectives exploring topics as diverse as: alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, coffee, sugar, illicit drugs, gambling, sexuality, reproduction, the Internet, social media, media forms/popular culture, pornography, fossil fuels, food and animals. Take this opportunity to discuss adventurous ideas and theories related to your work with a friendly audience.

Cost: $20-170

How could a different approach to investment in the alcohol and other drugs sector shape change in our field? Regulatory changes, shifting funding patterns from siloed provision to multi-disciplinary consortiums, innovations in treatment and research, could see our field in a very different place in just a few years. Advances, connections, and learning from this conference could have a far reaching impact on the lives of people engaging with substances into the future.

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Webinars

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00

6 November

Treatment, enhancement or lifestyle choice? The ethics of intervening in cognitive performance

This presentation will review some of the key debates (including prevalence, safety, efficacy and personal choice) influencing the ethical acceptability of intervening in the brain and cognition with neurotechnology for the purpose of performance enhancement.

13 November

Trauma Informed Care in AOD Services: From principles to practice

Clients of AOD services have high rates of PTSD and prior exposure to trauma. Substance use is an attempt to cope with these difficulties. Unidentified and untreated trauma perpetuates the cycle of trauma, addiction and relapse. MNMH-ADS developed a model of Trauma Informed Care and Practice to address this problem. This presentation will outline how this model was implemented and give guidelines for AOD services who want to become trauma informed.

20 November

Oral ketamine augmentation for treatment of anxiety and depression

The session will focus on the emerging evidence and practical experience accumulated so far in the use of ketamine in mental health.

27 November

‘Chemsex’ among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

Substance use within the men who have sex with men (MSM) community has been long established. However, ‘chemsex’, the use of recreational substances within the context of sexual activity (for the purposes of enhancement), has been an emerging area of research, particularly in Australia. Chemsex is most commonly associated with MSM and often involves stimulants, such as crystal methamphetamine. The current study was developed in partnership with the Queensland AIDS Council to inform future health promotion.

Insight Webinar Archive

Other webinars

Exciting potential of a new rehabilitation programme being trialed in NSW and an exploration of key themes in judges sentencing of young people

Presented by Daniel McFadden and Siobhan Lawler This webinar will showcase two unique studies being conducted by Postgraduate students at The Matilda centre within the Crime Research Portfolio. The first half of the webinar will showcase the pilot of The Substance Use Treatment Programme in the NSW secure forensic hospital being led by Daniel McFadden. The second half of the webinar will focus on work conducted by Siobhan Lawler, examining whether rehabilitation is a theme in sentencing young people for serious violent crime involving alcohol and other drugs. Participation will provide an: • Understanding the prevalence and challenges of substance use disorder among mentally ill offenders; • Current practice approaches in this area and why motivational interviewing can be effective; • Insight into how judges prioritise rehabilitation as an aim in sentencing violent offenders who use alcohol and other drugs; • Highlights intersections between law, social science and public health in understanding violent crime by young people

“This American Life” podcast series recently broadcast an episode titled “Ten Sessions.”  The episode features a candid overview of a person going through cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for trauma related to sexual assault. Cognitive Processing Therapy is an evidence-based therapy which has many similarities for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. CPT is a short term therapy that focuses on restructuring cognitions relating to the traumatic event, and is designed to be delivered in condenses sessions – in this case ten sessions delivered in a two week period. The podcast includes actual recordings of the therapy sessions.



One thought

  1. Hi,

    I am wondering if it is possible to get a copy of this article please –

    Barr, P. B., Kuo, S. I. C., Aliev, F., Latvala, A., Viken, R., Rose, R. J., … & Dick, D. M. (2019). Polygenic risk for alcohol misuse is moderated by romantic partnerships. Addiction.
    Thank you in advance,


    [cid:image004.png@01D579DC.6BB0C2D0]Rebecca Kennedy
    Principal Advisor Substance Misuse Programs and Services │ Offender Rehabilitation and Management Services
    (07) 3565 7353│ Rebecca.Kennedy@Corrections.qld.gov.au
    Level 19, State Law Building │ 50 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
    Queensland Corrective Services │ Queensland Government



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