December PD Blog

Professional development

You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library.

Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Cook, J. A. (2018). Gendered expectations of the biographical and social future: young adults’ approaches to short and long-term thinking. Journal of Youth Studies, 21(10), 1376-1391.

Kikkert, M., Goudriaan, A., de Waal, M., Peen, J., & Dekker, J. (2018). Effectiveness of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) in severe mental illness outpatients with a co-occurring substance use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 95(1), 35–42.

Rogers, J. L., Bernard, J. M., Veach, L. J., Moro, R. R., Ivers, N. N., Reboussin, B. A., … & O’Brien, M. C. (2018). Brief Counseling for Alcohol Misuse Among Trauma Patients: Two Interventions and Influence of Baseline Use. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 39(2), 89-105.

Shono, Y., Ames, S. L., Edwards, M. C., & Stacy, A. W. (2018). The Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index for Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Comprehensive Modern Psychometric Study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(4), 658-663.

Stockings, E., Bartlem, K., Hall, A., Hodder, R., Gilligan, C., Wiggers, J., … & Wolfenden, L. (2018). Whole‐of‐community interventions to reduce population‐level harms arising from alcohol and other drug use: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. Addiction. 113 (11), 1984-2018

Welch, T., & Cleak, H. (2018). Is Housing a Predictor of Autonomy and Quality of Life of People with Severe Mental Illness? Implications for Social Work. Australian Social Work, 71(4), 491-506.

Open Access Articles

Armstrong, G., Ironfield, N., Kelly, C. M., Dart, K., Arabena, K., Bond, K., … & Jorm, A. F. (2018). Re-development of mental health first aid guidelines for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour. BMC psychiatry, 18(1), 228.

Fricker, N., Banbury, S., & Visick, A. (2018). Female domestic violence counsellors/psychotherapists: attitudes towards addiction: An IPA. MOJ Addict Med Ther, 5(3), 139-143.

Kamerāde, D., & Bennett, M. R. (2018). Rewarding work: cross-national differences in benefits, volunteering during unemployment, well-being and mental health. Work, Employment and Society, 32(1), 38-56.

Mahedy, L., MacArthur, G. J., Hammerton, G., Edwards, A. C., Kendler, K. S., Macleod, J., … & Heron, J. (2018). The effect of parental drinking on alcohol use in young adults: the mediating role of parental monitoring and peer deviance. Addiction.113 (11). 2041-2050 

Useful resources

Yarning Straight Out: New AOD online resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clients

The Man Box: a study about being a young man in Australia

Insight Family AOD Toolkit contains tools and resources for those working with families

The Library’s Pinterest account contains AOD and mental health resources  for workers, clients and significant others.

The Black Dog Institute has links to online self-help tools and apps for those suffering from mental illness

e-Book of the month

Tolin, D. F., Steketee, G., & Frost, R. O. (2014). Buried in Treasures : Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Vol. Second edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press

While most people find it relatively easy to manage their possessions, some find it extremely difficult. If you have a problem resisting the urge to acquire and you find your home cluttered and filled to capacity with items many people would find useless and unnecessary, you may suffer from a condition known as hoarding disorder. Hoarding is a behavioural problem consisting of clutter, difficulty discarding items, and excessive buying or acquiring. Hoarding is often associated with significant reduction in quality of life, and in extreme cases, it can pose serious health risks. If you or a loved one has hoarding disorder, this book can help. This fully updated Second Edition of Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically based, effective program for helping those with hoarding disorder dig their way out of the clutter and chaos of their homes. Written by scientists and practitioners who are leaders in studying and treating hoarding disorder, this book outlines a program of skill-building, learning to think about possessions in a different way, and gradual challenges to help people manage their clutter and their lives. It also provides useful information for family and friends of people who hoard, as they struggle to understand and help. Discover the reasons for your problems with acquiring, saving, and hoarding, and learn new ways of thinking about your possessions so you can decide what you really need and what you can do without. Learn to identify the ‘bad guys’ that cause and maintain your hoarding behaviour and meet the ‘good guys’ who can help motivate you and put you on the path to change. Useful self-assessments will help you determine the severity of your problem. Training exercises, case examples, organizing tips, and motivation boosters help change the way you think and behave toward your possessions. This book provides easy-to-understand strategies and techniques that anyone can use.

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

Listen – podcasts, webinars

 

Insight presentation recordings available now on YouTube

Other learning – short courses, certificates, diplomas, bachelors, post-grad

Introduction to Narrative Practice

6-7 December, cost $420

This 2 day workshop will offer an accessible introduction to key ideas and practices that inform narrative practice. Underpinning values, beliefs and assumptions of the approach will be explored. The workshop will introduce people to the concept of how stories can shape our lives. Narrative practice ideas will come alive with a range of practice stories and live demonstrations. Participants will have a chance to experiment and play with how to define an issue or a problem in a way that separates the person from the problem.

The workshop will be an opportunity to step away from the busyness of our work, to reflect on how we can work with our clients in ways that enable them re-connect with what is important to them, to assist them to step closer to their preferred ways of living (despite the problems they might be facing in their lives).

Workshop Venue: Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room, Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

 

October PD Blog

Professional development

You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library.

Online resources

Webpage

The Healing Foundation has a website linking to resources about intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Armstrong, G., Spittal, M. J., & Jorm, A. F. (2018). Are we underestimating the suicide rate of middle and older‐aged Indigenous Australians? An interaction between ‘unknown’Indigenous status and age. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Barnett, A. I., Hall, W., Fry, C. L., Dilkes‐Frayne, E., & Carter, A. (2017). Drug and alcohol treatment providers’ views about the disease model of addiction and its impact on clinical practice: A systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Hunt, G., Antin, T., Sanders, E., & Sisneros, M. (2018). Queer youth, intoxication and queer drinking spaces. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-21.

Kristjansson, A. L., Kogan, S. M., Mann, M. J., Smith, M. L., Juliano, L. M., Lilly, C. L., & James, J. E. (2018). Does early exposure to caffeine promote smoking and alcohol use behavior? A prospective analysis of middle school students. Addiction.

McCann, T. V., & Lubman, D. I. (2018). Help-seeking barriers and facilitators for affected family members of a relative with alcohol and other drug misuse: A qualitative study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 93, 7-14.

Wakeford, G., Kannis‐Dymand, L., & Statham, D. (2018). Anger rumination, binge eating, and at‐risk alcohol use in a university sample. Australian Journal of Psychology, 70(3), 269-276.

Open Access Articles

Bryant, L., Garnham, B., Tedmanson, D., & Diamandi, S. (2018). Tele-social work and mental health in rural and remote communities in Australia. International Social Work, 61(1), 143-155.

Lamont-Mills, A., Christensen, S., & Moses, L. (2018). Confidentiality and informed consent in counselling and psychotherapy: a systematic review. Melbourne: PACFA.

Petrakis, M., Robinson, R., Myers, K., Kroes, S., & O’Connor, S. (2018). Dual diagnosis competencies: A systematic review of staff training literature. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 7, 53-57.

Roberts, R. M., Ong, N. W. Y., & Raftery, J. (2018). Factors That Inhibit and Facilitate Wellbeing and Effectiveness in Counsellors Working With Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12.

Tsou, C., Green, C., Gray, G., & Thompson, S. C. (2018). Using the Healthy Community Assessment Tool: Applicability and Adaptation in the Midwest of Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(6).

Useful resources

Insight have produced several toolkits of resources for use by workers including:

AOD Literacy Toolkit  

First Nations AOD Toolkit

The 2018 Global Drug Survey has just been released

e-Book of the month

Bukowski, W. M., Laursen, B. P., & Rubin, K. H. (2018). Handbook of Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups, Second Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.

The definitive handbook on peer relations has now been significantly revised with 55% new material. Bringing together leading authorities, this volume presents cutting-edge research on the dynamics of peer interactions, their impact on multiple aspects of social development, and the causes and consequences of peer difficulties. From friendships and romance to social withdrawal, aggression, and victimization, all aspects of children’s and adolescents’  relationships are explored. The book examines how individual characteristics interact with family, group, and contextual factors across development to shape social behavior. The importance of peer relationships to emotional competence, psychological well-being, and achievement is analyzed, and peer-based interventions for those who are struggling are reviewed. Each chapter includes an introductory overview and addresses theoretical considerations, measures and methods, research findings and their implications, and future directions (from publisher).

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

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

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

5 October, 08:30-16:00: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Townsville. Prerequisite Module 5

9 October, 09:00-16:30: “AOD Crash Course” – Introduction to Working with People who use Substances – Logan

9 October, 09:00-16:30: “AOD Crash Course” – Introduction to Working with People who use Substances – Brisbane

11 October, 09:00-16:30: Introduction to AOD Clinical Supervision – Brisbane

12 October, 09:00-16:30: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Gold Coast. Prerequisite Module 5

16 October, 09:00-16:30: Advanced Harm Reduction – Brisbane. 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.

18 October, 09:00-16:30: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Sunshine Coast. Prerequisite Module 5

18 October, 09:00-16:30: Family Inclusive Practice in AOD Treatment – Brisbane

23 October, 09:00-16:30: Introduction to Withdrawal Management – Logan

23 October, 09:00-16:30: Case Formulation – Brisbane

25 October, 09:00-16:30: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Logan. Prerequisite Module 5

25 October, 09:00-16:30: Advanced Harm Reduction – Ipswich. 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.

25 October, 09:00-16:30: AOD Relapse Prevention and Management – Brisbane. Prerequisite Module 6

30 October, 09:00-16:30: “AOD Crash Course” – Introduction to Working with People who use Substances –  Toowoomba

30 October, 09:00-16:30: Advanced Harm Reduction – Logan. 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.

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Cracks in the Ice

Supporting frontline workers with information and resources about crystal methamphetamine. 17 October, 11:00-12:00 AEST

Presented by Allan Trifonoff and Roger Nicholas, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University

This webinar will provide attendees with information about
– How ice affects people and communities
– Worker safety and preventing, managing and recovering from ice-related critical incidents
– The impacts of using ice with alcohol and other drugs

Register here

Past Cracks in the Ice webinars are available here

Insight

Free webinars at 10:00-11:00 AEST:

10 October: The Great Vape Debate

17 October: FASD as an Indigenous Rights Issue

24 October: HIV Prevention and U=U

31 October: Becoming a Trauma Informed Clinician- Taming the Inner Chimp by Talking to the Elephant in the Room

Past Insight webinar recordings available now on YouTube

 

September PD Blog

Professional development

You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library.

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

June PD

Professional development

You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library.

Online resources

Webpage

Queensland Women’s Health Network: Contains information about women’s health and wellbeing

Report

The Queensland Mental Health Commission has released a report titled “Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Options to reduce stigma amd discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use.” The report explores stigma and discrimination faced by people using alcohol or other drugs, recent research in this space and options for reform. The report forms part of the Queensland Government’s Alcohol and other Drugs Action Plan 2015-2017

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Gjersing, L., & Bretteville‐Jensen, A. L. (2018). Patterns of substance use and mortality risk in a cohort of ‘hard‐to‐reach’ polysubstance users. Addiction, 113(4), 729-739

Hausheer, R., Doumas, D.M., Esp, S. (2018). Evaluation of a Web-Based Alcohol Program Alone and in Combination With a Parent Campaign for Ninth-Grade Students. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling. 39 (1). 15-30.

Mason, M.J., Zaharakis, N.M., Russell, M., Childress, V. (2018). A pilot trial of text-delivered peer network counseling to treat young adults with cannabis use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 89. 1-10

McNamara, B.J., Banks, E., Gubhaju, L., Joshy, G., Williamson, A., Raphael, B., Eades, S., (2018). Factors relating to high psychological distress in Indigenous Australians and their contribution to Indigenous–non-Indigenous disparities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 42 (2). 145-152.

Moreland, A.D., McRae-Clark, A. (2018).Parenting outcomes of parenting interventions in integrated substance-use treatment programs: A systematic review.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 89. 52-59

Waaktaar, T., Kan, K., & Torgersen, S. (2018). The genetic and environmental architecture of substance use development from early adolescence into young adulthood: a longitudinal twin study of comorbidity of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use. Addiction, 113(4), 740-748.

Open Access Articles

Darke S, Kaye S, Duflou J, Lappin J. (2018). Completed Suicide Among Methamphetamine Users: A National Study. Suicide Life Threat Behaviour. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12442

Dolan, K., Sacha-Krol, D., and Vumbaca, G. (2017). A needs analysis for people living with HCV after leaving custodial settings in Australia. Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League: Canberra.

Nasstasia, Y., Baker, A. L., Halpin, S. A., Hides, L., Lewin, T. J., Kelly, B. J., & Callister, R. (2018). Evaluating the efficacy of an integrated motivational interviewing and multi-modal exercise intervention for youth with major depression: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind randomised controlled trial protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 9, 13-22.

Rivera, B. (2018). Factors Affecting Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Interventions Designed to Address the Problem: A Systematic Literature Review (Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Los Angeles).

 Open access online journal

Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications contains some relevant research

Open access textbooks

ANU Press has several Open Access textbooks in its catalogue

Useful resources

20 medications you should avoid with alcohol

Moderate drinking factsheets

SMART Recovery Australia worksheets

Youth AOD Toolbox: provides practitioners in the youth alchohol + other drugs field with reliable and current information to help to increase their knowledge and enrich their practice.

Study on alcohol use: Young Australian’s Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS)

e-Book of the month

Palmer, A., Kunreuther, E., & Attwood, T. (2017). Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in the Autism Community. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

What is the connection between autism and addiction? Why are individuals with autism more likely to develop a substance use disorder than the general population? Until recently, substance use disorder (SUD) was considered rare among those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This book brings together current research and personal accounts from individuals with autism and their supports. It explores why addiction is more common among individuals with ASD and investigates how addiction and autism affect one another. The authors also provide strategies for supporting people with both ASD and SUD (copied from EBSCO database)

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  including:

AOD Crash Course: One day introduction to AOD

AOD Relapse Prevention & Management

Introduction to withdrawal management

Harm reduction 101

Cairns

More regional sessions coming soon

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

Other providers

Free e-module for everyone working with people with personality disorders (including addiction), to enhance an attitude of holding people responsible for their actions, without blaming them for their failures.

eMHPrac provides free e-mental health training and support for health practitioners – GPs, Allied Health Professionals, and service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Attend – conferences 

NADA: Exploring therepeutic interventions.

7-8 June at Sydney

Program

Costs $265-440 for full conference. Register here

Write – presentations and papers

Australian Social Work: Call for articles for a special issue on working with involuntary clients. Relevant papers would address: work with involuntary clients in the range of fields referred to above; strategies for working with the involuntary, mandated, non-voluntary or resistant clients in a variety of settings; the dynamics of working with this population; the importance of building relationships; problem solving with involuntary clients; challenging involuntary clients; practice skills specific to these groups.Authors may submit an original article (4000–6000 words), or a Practice, Policy, and Perspectives article (1500–4000 words). For guidance on how to submit, please see www.tandfonline.com/rasw and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. All manuscripts should be submitted via Scholar One Manuscripts: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rasw, no later than 30 May 2019. Authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editors to discuss their intended submissions.

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Transgender health podcast

Duration: 52 minutes

  • terminology and gender identity
  • New Zealand population stats
  • experiencing concerning health and wellbeing disparity
  • myths and stereotypes
  • has the concept of transgender been over medicalised?
  • specific health issues that transgender people face at different stages of life
  • how do we make our practices transgender friendly?
  • New transgender pathway.

Living with FASD: Radio National’s Life Matters program recently featured an episode titled “Living with FASD”. The radio program features an interview with Anne Russell, whose son has FASD. Anne describes how FASD impacts her son, and some of the challenges of getting appropriate diagnosis and support. The show also features Dr Doug Shelton, a paediatrician who specialises in FASD, who talks about some of the impacts of FASD, and the approaches to better recognising and managing FASD.

Insight Webinars

6th June, 10:00-11:00

Working with people with personality disorders: This presentation will focus upon the challenges of working with clients with personality disorders, offering practical strategies for engagement, management and treatment.

13th June, 10:00-11:00

“Coming to terms”: promoting AOD literacy: Health literacy refers to how people understand information about health and healthcare and use this to make decisions about their care. “Coming to Terms” explores the use of clinical language by health professionals in the AOD sector and how interpretation and comprehension can impact upon healthcare outcomes for our clients.

Assessed learning – short courses, certificates, diplomas, bachelors, post-grad

Lighthouse resources

The absurd word: using writing in counselling

Learn and practice the use of writing, words, word games, poetry and literature in your counselling and support work with clients.  This experiential workshop will guide you through several writing based activities and techniques that can enhance your work with people who experience various concerns and challenges in their mental health and wellbeing and family life.

19th June, 9:30-16:30, cost $220

Brick walls and tangled wool: making counselling comfortable when it is uncomfortable

Providing support or counselling to a person or family is a key role played by human services workers. For those accessing support, engaging in and receiving such support can be extremely uncomfortable and daunting. Human beings, through life and through traumatic experiences, develop coping mechanisms and ways of relating to people that can present as a barrier to the support we offer. This workshop will challenge you to think of these mechanisms as not barriers but normal human behaviours – this workshop will focus on ways to work with not against these behaviours in a way that makes change possible. You will also engage in a group reflection and supervision session to unpack barriers in real life situations you are currently experiencing.

26th June, 9:00-16:30, cost $220

Workshops Venue: Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room, Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Registration/more information