January PD Blog

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Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Ashford, R. D., Giorgi, S., Mann, B., Pesce, C., Sherritt, L., Ungar, L., & Curtis, B. (2020). Digital recovery networks: Characterizing user participation, engagement, and outcomes of a novel recovery social network smartphone application. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 109, 50–55

Chan, G., Connor, J., Hall, W., & Leung, J. (2020). The changing patterns and correlates of population‐level polysubstance use in Australian youth: a multi‐group latent class analysis of nationally representative samples spanning 12 years. Addiction, 115(1), 145–155

Freeman, T., Baum, F., Mackean, T., Ziersch, A., Sherwood, J., Edwards, T., & Boffa, J. (2019). Case study of a decolonising Aboriginal community controlled comprehensive primary health care response to alcohol‐related harm. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(6), 532–537.

Harris, T., & O’Donoghue, K. (2020). Developing Culturally Responsive Supervision Through Yarn Up Time and the CASE Supervision Model. Australian Social Work, 73(1), 64–76.
Kisely, S., Mills, R., Strathearn, L., & Najman, J. M. (2020). Does child maltreatment predict alcohol use disorders in young adulthood? A cohort study of linked notifications and survey data. Addiction, 115(1), 61–68.
Stuart, A. M., Baker, A. L., Denham, A. M. J., Lee, N. K., Hall, A., Oldmeadow, C., … McCarter, K. (2020). Psychological treatment for methamphetamine use and associated psychiatric symptom outcomes: A systematic review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 109, 61–79.

Open Access Articles

McGeough, B. (2020). Using Motivational Interviewing to Support the Coming Out Process. Families in Society, 1044389419890522.

Molyneaux, R., Gibbs, L., Bryant, R. A., Humphreys, C., Hegarty, K., Kellett, C., … & Alkemade, N. (2020). Interpersonal violence and mental health outcomes following disaster. BJPsych open, 6(1).

Moxley, V. B., Hoj, T. H., & Novilla, M. L. B. (2020). Predicting homelessness among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders using local treatment records. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106160.

Teesson, M., Newton, N. C., Slade, T., Chapman, C., Birrell, L., Mewton, L., … & Andrews, G. (2020). Combined prevention for substance use, depression, and anxiety in adolescence: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a digital online intervention. The Lancet Digital Health.

Open access online journal

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice

Useful resources

Open library is an initiative by the Internet Archive with the aim to catalogue every book ever published. Many of the books are available to access online and include fiction and non-fiction.

The Blue Knot Foundation, National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, has recently released updated “Practice Guidelines for the Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma.”  The guidelines have incorporated the latest evidence on the nature of complex trauma, the clinical challenges related to dissociation, phased therapy, as well as new and emerging treatment approaches. (Dovetail)

Go to the Blue Knot Foundation “Practice Guidelines for the Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma.” for a free downloadable copy.

e-Book of the month

Howard, A., Katrak, M., Blakemore, T., & Pallas, P. (2016). Rural, Regional and Remote Social Work : Practice Research From Australia. London: Routledge.

This book gives voice to the direct practice experience of social workers working in rural and remote contexts using Australia as the primary case-study. The authors undertake a qualitative research project, conducting in-depth interviews to examine social work theory and practice against the reality of rural and remote contexts. Practice examples provide the reader with an insight into the diverse and complex nature of social work in rural and remote Australia and the role of contemporary social work. Through placing rural and remote social work in its historical, theoretical and geographical contexts, this work explores a range of considerations. These include isolation; ethical dilemmas when working with small and closely linked communities; climate, disaster relief and the environment; community identity and culture; working with indigenous communities in remote contexts; and social work education. Based on direct practice research, this book challenges existing theories of practice and reframes those to reflect the reality of practice in rural and remote communities. As social work must continue to critically reflect on its role within an ever changing and individualistic society, lessons from rural and remote settings around engagement, sense of place and skillful, innovative practice have never been more relevant. (Description from EBSCO)

Write- presentations and papers

NADA invites abstract submissions for oral papers, workshops, symposium and poster presentations for the NADA Conference 2020: Enhancing connections. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your innovative practice and research addressing the diverse needs of people accessing AOD services. They encourage workers and services across all sectors to submit an abstract as the focus of this conference is building connections and collaborations. Interactive sessions are encouraged to maximise opportunities for conference participants to exchange practice and experience. Abstracts must be submitted by Monday 9 March 2020.

Download the submission guidelines

Attend – conferences 

NADA Conference 2020, Enhancing Connections to be held on 4–5 June in Sydney. Early bird registrations open 1 February 2020. Keep up-to-date at nadaconference.org.au

Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free workshops in Queensland

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: 18 February

Warwick: 27 February

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

Brisbane: 25 February

Townsville: 28 February

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.

The training provides an overview of youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) use including:

  • A framework for Youth AOD Practice
  • History, context and background to AOD policy in Australia
  • Stats, figures and current trends in youth AOD use
  • Risk vs protective factors
  • Engagement and assessment
  • The Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Brief intervention
  • Practical hints, tips and tricks for working with young people with AOD issues

Brisbane: 20 February

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