February PD Blog

Please note the PD Blog will be moving to our new website on  01/06/2020. Until then we will be publishing the Blog simultaneously on both sites.
You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library. All times are AEST (QLD time)

Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Please note the links will only work from Drug ARM computers

Chapman, J., Harrison, N., Kostadinov, V., Skinner, N., & Roche, A. (2020). Older Australians’ perceptions of alcohol‐related harms and low‐risk alcohol guidelines. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39(1), 44-54.

Keatley, D. A., Walters, I., Parke, A., Joyce, T., & D. Clarke, D. (2019). Mapping the pathways between recreational cannabis use and mood disorders: A Behaviour Sequence Analysis approach. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31(1), 38-46.

Khawaja, N. G., & Carr, K. (2020). Exploring the factor structure and psychometric properties of an acculturation and resilience scale with culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents. Australian Psychologist, 55(1), 26-37.

Khemiri, L., Larsson, H., Kuja‐Halkola, R., D’Onofrio, B. M., Lichtenstein, P., Jayaram‐Lindström, N., & Latvala, A. (2020). Association of parental substance use disorder with offspring cognition: a population family‐based study. Addiction, 115(2), 326-336.

Lam, T., Ogeil, R. P., Fischer, J., Midford, R., Lubman, D. I., Gilmore, W., … & Allsop, S. (2019). Alcohol supply as a favour for a friend: Scenarios of alcohol supply to younger friends and siblings. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31(1), 112-120.

Shaul, L., de Waal, M., Blankers, M., Koeter, M. W., Schippers, G. M., & Goudriaan, A. E. (2020). Effectiveness of a brief motivation enhancing intervention on treatment initiation, treatment retention and abstinence: Results from a multi-site cluster-randomized trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 110, 28-36.

Taylor, N., Coomber, K., Curtis, A., Mayshak, R., Harries, T., Ferris, J., … & Miller, P. (2020). The impact of street service care on frontline service utilisation during high‐alcohol use hours in one night‐time entertainment precinct in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39(1), 21-28.

Open Access Articles

Cottrell, D. J., Wright-Hughes, A., Eisler, I., Fortune, S., Green, J., House, A. O., … & Tubeuf, S. (2020). Longer-term effectiveness of systemic family therapy compared with treatment as usual for young people after self-harm: An extended follow up of pragmatic randomised controlled trial. EClinicalMedicine, 18, 100246.

Everding, J., & Marcus, J. (2020). The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples. Health Economics, 29(2), 154-170.

Gittins, R., & Sessa, B. (2020). Can prescribed medical cannabis use reduce the use of other more harmful drugs?. Drug Science, Policy and Law, 6, 2050324519900067.

Omerov, P., Craftman, Å. G., Mattsson, E., & Klarare, A. (2020). Homeless persons’ experiences of health‐and social care: A systematic integrative review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(1), 1-11.

Open Access Journal

Advances in Cognitive Psychology

e-book of the month

Hugman, R. (2012). Culture, Values and Ethics in Social Work : Embracing Diversity. Hoboken: Routledge.

This groundbreaking book examines the ways in which questions of culture and diversity impact on the values and ethics of social work. Using detailed case studies to illustrate key points for practice, Richard Hugman discusses how social workers can develop cross-cultural engagement in practice and work creatively with the tensions it sometimes involves. Debates rage over whether there is a core set of unchangeable social work values or whether they might be different at different times and for different people. This textbook proposes a new approach of ‘ethical pluralism’for social work practice, in which both shared humanity and the rich variety of cultures contribute to a more dynamic way of understanding social work’s underpinning values and ethics. In particular, this book explores the implications of a pluralist approach to ethics for the central questions of: Human rights and social justice Caring relationships Social and personal responsibilities Agency and autonomy Values such as truth, honesty, openness, service and competence. It is vital that social workers understand the values and ethics of their profession as a crucial part of the foundations on which practice is built and this is the only text to explore the connections between culture, values and ethics and fully develop the pluralist approach in social work. Culture, Values and Ethics in Social Work is essential reading for all social work students and academics. (summary from EBSCO)

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

Useful resources

AODconnect is an app which provides a national listing of alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The app is intended for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers, community members or any health professional working in the AOD sector looking for a culturally appropriate service.

The app allows you to find a service by region or postcode through an interactive map of Australia. You can toggle between an alphabetical listing or see the service visually displayed on  the map of Australia.

Service information can also be filtered by the type of treatment they provide:

  • counselling and referral
  • harm reduction and support groups
  • outreach
  • mobile patrols and sobering up shelters
  • residential rehab
  • withdrawal management
  • young people.

The app is available on both iOS and Android devices.

AODconnect is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and managed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Australian Drug Foundation’s Toolkits and Webinars provide guidance on delivering a range of evidence-informed activities.

Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free workshops in Queensland

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

Brisbane: 24 March

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.

Rockhampton: 10 March

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

Ipswich: 2 March

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: 12 March

Brisbane: 26 March

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: 13 March

Brisbane: 14 March

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: 3 March

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.

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: 5 March

Gold Coast: 18 March

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: 19 March

Crystal clear: responding to methamphetamine use

This half day workshop is designed to assist frontline health and community service practitioners who work in AOD treatment or casework support roles to better understand and respond to the specific needs of clients who use methamphetamine.

Topics covered include:

  • overview of meth/amphetamine: what it is and how it affects the body
  • history, statistics, current trends and rates of use
  • risks, harms, dependence, intoxication, withdrawal and psychosis
  • harm reduction and evidence-based treatment options
  • overview of new “Meth-Check” treatment tools
  • supporting families and significant others
  • designing services to better respond

Brisbane: 31 March

 Online learning

Insight Qld has a suite of online learning including:

  • Drugs: the basics
  • eLearning in AOD for medical practitioners
  • AOD orientation
  •  Family and young people

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Webinars

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00

11 March

Challenging methamphetamine myths: How “Cracks in the Ice” aims to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help.

There are many barriers that prevent people who use methamphetamine from seeking help, including stigma and discrimination. Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit that provides evidence-based information and resources about methamphetamine for health professionals, families and the general Australian community. Cracks in the Ice also aims to challenge the many misconceptions about methamphetamine, as a way of reducing the stigma often associated with the drug.

25 March

SMART Recovery: A summary of the research

SMART Recovery is a mutual support group for people impacted by addictive behaviours. It is widely used in Australia and internationally, with over 3000 groups run each week across 23 countries. The presentation will provide an overview of the research that is being conducted examining SMART Recovery.


Insight Webinar Archive

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