PD Blog – December

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Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Balkin, R. S., Lenz, A. S., Dell’Aquila, J., Gregory, H. M., Rines, M. N., & Swinford, K. E. (2019). Meta‐Analysis of Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care Interventions for Treating Substance Use Among Adults. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 40(2), 84-95.

Getty, C. A., Morande, A., Lynskey, M., Weaver, T., & Metrebian, N. (2019). Mobile telephone‐delivered contingency management interventions promoting behaviour change in individuals with substance use disorders: a meta‐analysis. Addiction114(11), 1915-1925.

Hinsley, K., Kelly, P. J., & Davis, E. (2019). Experiences of patient‐centred care in alcohol and other drug treatment settings: A qualitative study to inform design of a patient‐reported experience measure. Drug and Alcohol Review38(6), 664-673.

Livingston, M., & Callinan, S. (2019). Examining Australia’s heaviest drinkers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health43(5), 451-456.

McCutcheon, V. V., Bucholz, K. K., Houston‐Ludlam, A. N., & Heath, A. C. (2019). Elevated maternal and child mortality among women with multiple DUI convictions compared with socio‐demographically matched controls. Addiction114(11), 1981-1991.

Raftery, D., Kelly, P. J., Deane, F. P., Mcketin, R., Baker, A. L., Turner, A., & Dean, O. M. (2019). Measuring cognitive insight in people with problematic substance use: An exploration of the factor validity of the Beck Cognitive Insight Scale. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(6), 622-629.

Open Access Articles

Au, M., Anandakumar, A. D., Preston, R., Ray, R. A., & Davis, M. (2019). A model explaining refugee experiences of the Australian healthcare system: a systematic review of refugee perceptions. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 19(1), 22.

Charak, R., Villarreal, L., Schmitz, R. M., Hirai, M., & Ford, J. D. (2019). Patterns of childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence, emotion dysregulation, and mental health symptoms among lesbian, gay, and bisexual emerging adults: a three-step latent class approach. Child abuse & neglect, 89, 99-110.

Gilchrist, G., Dennis, F., Radcliffe, P., Henderson, J., Howard, L. M., & Gadd, D. (2019). The interplay between substance use and intimate partner violence perpetration: A meta-ethnography. International Journal of Drug Policy, 65, 8-23.

McKee, S. A., & Hilton, N. Z. (2019). Co-occurring substance use, PTSD, and IPV victimization: Implications for female offender services. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 20(3), 303-314.

e-book of the month

Rhodes, J. (2013). Narrative CBT : Distinctive Features. Hoboken: Routledge.

The popularity of using narrative, metaphor and building solutions in CBT has increased in recent years. Narrative CBT, part of the third wave of cognitive therapies, recognises the importance of helping to build new ideas and practices in order to create change, examining a person’s multiple and evolving narratives and their behaviour as intrinsically meaningful. In Narrative CBT, John Rhodes presents the features of NCBT in thirty key points. The first fifteen summarise how the theory of narrative can clarify difficulties with emotions, motives and interactions and address how rebuilding confidence and trust is crucial for change to be achieved. In the second half of the book, case conceptualisation and the techniques of NCBT are explained and illustrated. Narrative, solution-orientated and CBT techniques are integrated and specific NCBT approaches for trauma, depression and OCD are highlighted. Ideal for clinical and counselling psychologists, both established and in training, psychotherapists and all professionals carrying out therapy in the field of mental health, this book clearly and accessibly presents the techniques and key concepts of Narrative CBT.

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

Useful resources

AOD Acronyms and slang directory is a searchable database of terminology relevant to alcohol and other drug work produced by Dovetail.

Stay on course: downloadable relapse prevention tool produced by Insight

Trauma-informed care toolkit by Orygen

Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free workshops in Queensland

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.

Ipswich: 2 December

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: 10 December

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

Sunshine Coast: 10 December

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.

Ipswich: 9 December

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.

Sunshine Coast: 11 December

Online learning

Understanding and responding to substance use amongst young people for carers.

A free online training tool developed by the centre for youth AOD practice development. The training for carers provides information, offers strategies and encourages reflection to support carers in the best way to understand and respond to substance use amongst young people.

The impact of parental substance abuse on the child

Emerging Minds have recently launched an online learning package titled “The impact of parental substance use on the child.” The course takes about an hour to complete, and includes information on the range of potential impacts of parental substance use on a child, including impacts on relationships, and physical and emotional wellbeing.  The course is a foundation course, which can be followed up with a second package titled “Parental substance use and child-aware practice.” This second course takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete, and is designed to give workers a conversation guide for talking with parents who are using substances in problematic ways (Dovetail)

Attend -conferences

Mind and Body Balance 2019:

Organised by Brisbane South PHN

Join lead international researchers in nutrition, physical activity and mental health for an
evening of ground breaking research and practical advice to advance your everyday

December 5, 5:30-8:30pm, Translational Research Institute (Located on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus), 37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba. Cost $50. Register here.

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Webinars

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00

Mind the gap: addressing mental health conditions in substance use treatment settings

The high prevalence of co-occurring mental disorders in alcohol or other drug (AOD) treatment settings means workers often need to manage complex psychiatric symptoms that may interfere with their ability to treat client’s AOD use. To improve workforce capacity to respond, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of evidence-based National Comorbidity Guidelines and an accompanying online training program. This presentation will provide an overview of the Guidelines and their resources.

Insight Webinar Archive

Cracks in the Ice Webinar Archive


One thought

  1. Hello there,

    Just wondering if it was possible to get access to this article please –

    Getty, C. A., Morande, A., Lynskey, M., Weaver, T., & Metrebian, N. (2019). Mobile telephone‐delivered contingency management interventions promoting behaviour change in individuals with substance use disorders: a meta‐analysis. Addiction. 114(11), 1915-1925

    Thank you!


    [cid:image004.png@01D590C4.E7EB3980]Rebecca Kennedy
    Principal Advisor Substance Misuse Programs and Services │ Offender Rehabilitation and Management Services
    (07) 3565 7353│ Rebecca.Kennedy@Corrections.qld.gov.au
    Level 16 │ 69 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
    Queensland Corrective Services │ Queensland Government



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