September PD Blog

Professional development

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Online resources

Webpage

The Cultural Atlas developed by SBS is an online educational resource that provides comprehensive cultural information on the countries that Australia’s biggest migrant populations have originated from. When working with young people and families of different cultural backgrounds to our own, it helps to develop a cultural reference to inform how you approach interactions. Part of practicing from a culturally competent framework is acknowledging the impact of culture. The Cultural Atlas includes a broad range of cultural information, for example common etiquette, religious considerations and greetings.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

George, A. M., & Zamboanga, B. L. (2018). Drinking game participation and outcomes in a sample of Australian university students. Drug and Alcohol Review37(5), 599-606.

Heiman, T., & Olenik Shemesh, D. (2018). Predictors of cyber-victimization of higher-education students with and without learning disabilities. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-18.

Hennessy, M. J., Patrick, J. C., & Swinbourne, A. L. (2018). Improving Mental Health Outcomes Assessment with the Mental Health Inventory‐21. Australian Psychologist, 53(4), 313-324.

Krakouer, J., Wise, S., & Connolly, M. (2018). “We Live and Breathe Through Culture”: Conceptualising Cultural Connection for Indigenous Australian Children in Out-of-home Care. Australian Social Work71(3), 1-12.

LaBrie, J. W., Boyle, S., Earle, A., & Almstedt, H. C. (2018). Heavy Episodic Drinking Is Associated With Poorer Bone Health in Adolescent and Young Adult Women. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 79(3), 391-398.

Sharmin, S., Kypri, K., Wadolowski, M., Bruno, R., Khanam, M., Aiken, A., … & Attia, J. (2018). Parent characteristics associated with approval of their children drinking alcohol from ages 13 to 16 years: prospective cohort study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health42(4), 347-353.

Open Access Articles

Amodeo, A. L., Picariello, S., Valerio, P., & Scandurra, C. (2018). Empowering transgender youths: Promoting resilience through a group training program. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 22(1), 3-19.

Canham, S. L., Mahmood, A., Stalman, M. N., King, D., & O’Rourke, N. (2018). Personal theories of substance use among middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder. Aging & Mental Health, 22(6), 813-818.

Doñamayor, N., Strelchuk, D., Baek, K., Banca, P., & Voon, V. (2018). The involuntary nature of binge drinking: goal directedness and awareness of intention. Addiction Biology, 23(1), 515-526.

Tsirigotis, K., & Łuczak, J. (2018). Resilience in women who experience domestic violence. Psychiatric Quarterly, 89(1), 201-211.

Open access online journal

Produced by the Penington institute the Anex Bulletin is a specialty publication for workers in Australia’s needle and syringe programs (NSPs)

Useful resources

Tx! Mag is a free to download magazine about viral hepatitis which is published 3 times a year

Headspace has launched a national mental health campaign for young men called Headcoach.  Headcoach seeks to educate young men that maintaining their mental health is just as important as maintaining their physical health.  Some of Australia’s top athletes share stories, tips and advice from their own experiences to help educate young men about the importance of looking after their mental health and knowing when to ask for help.  These videos may be beneficial to show to young men to identify early warning signs and promote help-seeking for better mental health.

e-Book of the month

Out of this world: suicide examined by Antonia Murphy

This book is intended for anyone with either an interest in suicide or suicidal behaviour. It is not aimed solely at the professional psychotherapist but at a broad range of professionals who encounter suicidal people in their work. It is also intended for those of us who have been touched by suicide personally. The book approaches suicide from the point of view of the suicidal state of mind and is intended to help us understand more about this condition. In its essence suicide is examined as a largely unconscious aggressive act having its roots in a perceived or real experience of thwarted childhood needs. The wounds of the suicidal person are often long held and deep. The suicidal person is pursued by haunting losses and the suicidal act comes from deep disturbance created by this and from the idea of death as an acting out of some form of suicidal fantasy. The quasi delusional and split quality of the act is examined – namely that suicide is both an act for and against the self (from publisher).

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

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre in Brisbane, unless otherwise specified including:

7 September, 8:30-16:00. AOD Clinical Assessment at Townsville. Prerequisite online induction module 4.

10 September, 9:00-16:30. Introduction to Withdrawal Management at Ipswich (Goodna)

11 September, 9:00-16:30. Advanced Harm Reduction at the Gold Coast (Southport)

Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them visit www.insightqld.org

Attend – conferences 

NDARC 2018 Annual Research Symposium: Clinical, Community and Policy Responses to Emerging Problems in Drug and Alcohol Use. October 8, 08:30-18:15 at UNSW, Sydney. Cost $275. For more details and registration click here

2018 NDRI Annual Symposium: Alcohol and Other Drug Research, Policy and Practice, November 22, 08:30-17:00 at Melbourne. Cost from $210. For more details and registration click here

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Podsocs: podcasts for social workers. An initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University that consists of up-to-the minute research, diverse and sometimes controversial perspectives on social phenomena and focus on knowledge and skills needed in the human services.

Insight webinars. Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 AEST

September 5: Domestic violence and its relationship with alcohol and drug abuse. Findings from the Queensland Death and Homicide Review board

September 12: Past, present and future in the regulation of prescription opioids

September 19: Testing times. Drug checking in the UK with “The Loop”

September 26: Opioids, scaling up the analgesic ladder wrong by wrong

Book of the month: March

Book club

We’ve decided to run a book of the month club in order to highlight our e-book collection. All the books featured are available to download and read on HOA computers from our library catalogue. If you’re having trouble accessing them please contact your librarian for assistance. To make it more like a real book club we would love comments on this post when you’ve read it or suggestions for future featured titles. This month’s book is a nice short one of 50 pages to ease you in gently:

Parental drug and alcohol use: resilience and transition amongst young people by Angus Bancroft et al (2004)

This is a short snappy book that examines the effects on children of growing up with parents or carers who misuse alcohol or other drugs from their perspective as young adults. It includes several narratives from the young people, which made it an interesting and insightful read. It also includes background material throughout the book written by the authors, which is easy to read and digest. The book concludes with a discussion which succinctly summarises the contents. It was interesting to note how diverse the narratives were whilst still maintaining a similar underlying thread. It was a very moving read, made more so by how optimistic many of the subjects remained despite their childhoods.