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

July PD

Professional development

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

Online resources

Webpage

Dovetail provides advice and support to workers, organisations and communities who engage with young people affected by alcohol and drug use.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Bowles, T. V. (2018). Motivation to the Past, present, and future: Time orientation and disorientation before therapy. Australian Psychologist, 53(3), 223-235.

 

Coomber, K., Hayley, A., & Miller, P. G. (2018). Unconvincing and ineffective: Young adult responses to current Australian alcohol product warnings. Australian Journal of Psychology, 70(2), 131-138.
Livingston, M., Callinan, S., Raninen, J., Pennay, A., & Dietze, P. M. (2018). Alcohol consumption trends in Australia: Comparing surveys and sales‐based measures. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, S9-S14.
Lucabeche, V. X., & Haney, J. L. (2018). The effect of alcohol severity on outpatient treatment completion: The differential outcome by gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 90, 1-8.
Pidd, K., Roche, A., Cameron, J., Lee, N., Jenner, L., & Duraisingam, V. (2018). Workplace alcohol harm reduction intervention in Australia: Cluster non‐randomised controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Review.
Tan, W. H., Sheffield, J., Khoo, S. K., Byrne, G., & Pachana, N. A. (2018). Influences on psychological well‐being and ill‐being in older women. Australian Psychologist, 53(3), 203-212.
Urbanoski, K., Kenaszchuk, C., Inglis, D., Rotondi, N. K., & Rush, B. (2018). A system-level study of initiation, engagement, and equity in outpatient substance use treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 90, 19-28.

Open Access Articles

Christie, G. I., Bavin, L. M., & Wills, S. (2018). Can we predict which adolescents will engage in outpatient substance abuse treatment?. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 12, 1178221818762802.
Guajardo, M. G. U., Slewa-Younan, S., Kitchener, B. A., Mannan, H., Mohammad, Y., & Jorm, A. F. (2018). Improving the capacity of community-based workers in Australia to provide initial assistance to Iraqi refugees with mental health problems: an uncontrolled evaluation of a Mental Health Literacy Course. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12(1), 2.
Poulton, A., Pan, J., Bruns Jr, L. R., Sinnott, R. O., & Hester, R. (2017). Assessment of alcohol intake: retrospective measures versus a smartphone application. Addictive Behaviors.
Wyndow, P., Walker, R., & Reibel, T. (2018, January). A novel approach to transforming smoking cessation practice for pregnant Aboriginal women and girls living in the Pilbara. In Healthcare (Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 10). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Open access online journal

Addictive Behaviors

Useful resources

Headspace resource library contains links to resource for young people, families and health professionals

Project Air Strategy contains resources including factsheets and videos focusing on borderline personality disorder

 

e-Book of the month

Kerry, S. (2018). Trans Dilemmas : Living in Australia’s Remote Areas and in Aboriginal Communities. London: Routledge

Trans Dilemmas presents the findings of a three-year research project which examined the lived experiences of trans people in Australia’s Northern Territory. The book argues that whilst trans people, who live in remote areas, experience issues which may not be distinct from those living in urban areas and the inner-city, these issues can be aggravated by geographic and demographic factors. By conducting online surveys and in-depth interviews, Stephen Kerry brings to light the issues for transgender people which are compounded by living in sparsely populated, remote communities. Namely social isolation, maintaining relationships with friends, family and partners, and the difficulties accessing health care. The book also includes significant findings on the experiences and treatment of Australia’s trans Aboriginal people, also known as sistergirls and brotherboys. An analysis of first-person narratives by sistergirls and brotherboys reveals the racism within predominantly white trans communities and transphobia within traditional Aboriginal communities, which they are uniquely faced with. Trans Dilemmas represents an important contribution to contemporary research into the lives of transgender Australians. It gives a voice to those transgender people living in the more isolated communities in Australia, which up until now, have been largely unheard. (copied from EBSCO site)

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 various Queensland locations including:

6th July, 9:00-16:30 at Cairns: AOD relapse prevention and management. Prerequistite- online induction module 6

10th-11th July, 9:00-16:00 at Mackay: Culturally secure AOD practice featuring IRIS

17th July, 9:00-16:30 at Townsville: Introduction to withdrawal management

18th July, 9:00-16:30 at Townsville: Harm reduction 101

26th July, 9:00-16:30 at Sunshine Coast: Introduction to withdrawal management 

30th July, 9:00-16:30 at Roma: AOD crash course- introduction to AOD

31st July, 9:00-16:30 at Roma: Crystal clear- responding to methamphetamine use

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

National comorbidity guidelines free online training and website

The training program consists of 10 training modules that can be completed in any order. Registrants can choose which modules to engage in based on interest and experience. Those wishing to receive a certificate of completion must complete all modules (in any order) and successfully complete all quizzes.

At the end of each module, registrants will be presented with a quiz. All questions must be answered correctly before the module is completed, but there is no limit to how many times the quiz can be taken. Incorrect answers will refer participants to relevant sections of the Guidelines website.

At the completion of all modules, training participants will receive a certificate of completion

Attend – conferences 

Australian Youth AOD Conference

August 16-17,  Melbourne

Theme: Assertive advocacy

Cost: $260-360. Register here

 

Listen – podcasts, webinars

On Drugs looks through the lenses of history, pop culture and personal experience to understand how drugs have shaped our world. Site includes archive of previous podcasts.

 

Annotated bibliography: LGBTIQ+

Annotated bibliography

The acronym LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and other sexual minorities) is used in the title, but where other acronyms were used by the writers, these have been adopted in the bibliography.

Baskerville, N. B., Dash, D., Shuh, A., Wong, K., Abramowicz, A., Yessis, J., & Kennedy, R. D. (2017). Tobacco use cessation interventions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and young adults: A scoping review. Preventive Medicine Reports.

Canadian statistics have indicated that LGBTQ+ youth and young adults have a significantly higher smoking rate than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. It has been suggested that this may be due to minority stress and discrimination. This has led to a need for culturally appropriate prevention and cessation programs tailored to the needs of this population. A scoping review aiming to map the literature on the programs available for LGBTQ+ young adults and youth was performed. It identified a large research gap in smoking prevention and cessation programs for this group, with little aimed specifically at the young LGBTQ+ age group. A need for community focused, effective and engaging community programs for this group was recognised.

Bond, K. S., Jorm, A. F., Kelly, C. M., Kitchener, B. A., Morris, S. L., & Mason, R. J. (2017). Considerations when providing mental health first aid to an LGBTIQ person: a Delphi study. Advances in Mental Health, 1-15.

The aim of this study was to develop guidelines for delivering appropriate and sensitive mental health first aid to LGBTIQ people, which can be used in conjunction with existing guidelines. The Delphi method was utilized, where a consensus is gained by a team, in this case a group of mental health professionals who either identified as LGBTIQ or had experience in working with this group. Numerous sources have identified a higher prevalence of mental health disorders, substance use disorders, suicidality and self-harm in LGBTIQ populations so the development of appropriate guidelines was deemed as important. A systematic review of journal articles, websites and books was performed to develop a questionnaire of the knowledge, skills and actions needed for assisting an LGBTIQ person experiencing a mental health problem. The experts rated these over three rounds as to whether they should appear in the guidelines. The results highlighted the complexity of supporting an LGBTIQ person experiencing mental health problems, along with the diversity of the population and their differing needs. The limitation was that the study focused on a Western, English speaking population. It recommended expanding it to examine the needs of Indigenous Australian and culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTIQ groups.

Colpitts, E., & Gahagan, J. (2016). The utility of resilience as a conceptual framework for understanding and measuring LGBTQ health. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1), 60.

LGBTQ health research has traditionally focused on the deficit model and not on the ways that individuals in this group can improve their health. It is argued by the authors of this paper that a culturally competent health policy requires an evidence base that is focused on strengths rather than weaknesses. A scoping review was performed on strength-based approaches to LGBTQ health which indicated the concept of resilience as a key component. This resilience may have been built up due to discrimination and adversity. It identified a need for further research into LGBTQ- specific models of health policy and measures of resilience. They concluded that the resilience of LGBTQ population is embedded in advancing their health, although more research needs to be done before it is useful as a measurement of LGBTQ health.

Kelly, J., Davis, C., & Schlesinger, C. (2015). Substance use by same sex attracted young people: prevalence, perceptions and homophobia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34(4), 358-365.

Research has indicated that LGBT people use alcohol and drugs (AOD) more than their heterosexual counterparts, but usage by LGBT youth is less understood. The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and perception of AOD use in LGBT youth in comparison with heterosexual youth. The impacts of homophobia and minority stress were also examined. It found that AOD use is higher in LGBT youth than heterosexual youth, with significantly higher rates in LGBT people under 18 years old. Those who believed homophobia impacted on AOD use were much more likely to use AOD themselves. It recommended that AOD agencies better support LGBT youth by screening for sexuality and gender identity and exploring issues specific to this group to improve the services that are offered.

Kidd, S. A., Howison, M., Pilling, M., Ross, L. E., & McKenzie, K. (2016). Severe mental illness in LGBT populations: A scoping review. Psychiatric Services, 67(7), 779-783.

The impact of stigma on the mental health of sexual and gender minority groups has widespread recognition. This is coupled with a movement towards increasing diversity in mental health services, but relatively little has been developed for severe mental illness. The authors define severe mental illness as that which is associated with psychosis and requires extensive periods of inpatient or outpatient treatment. A literature review was conducted which aimed to answer the question “What factors and strategies need to be considered when developing services for individuals from sexual or gender minority groups who are experiencing severe mental illness?” The 27 articles reviewed were in the main North American. A general dissatisfaction in mental health services was identified amongst the LGBT population and little evidence regarding culturally specific interventions. An increased risk of severe mental illness has been suggested which has been associated with discrimination. The report highlighted a need for research into specific interventions for LGBT people with severe mental illness, along with studies to inform efforts to reduce morbidity associated with discrimination.

Lea, T., Kolstee, J., Lambert, S., Ness, R., Hannan, S., & Holt, M. (2017). Methamphetamine treatment outcomes among gay men attending a LGBTI-specific treatment service in Sydney, Australia. PloS One, 12(2), e0172560

Gay and bisexual men (GBM) report higher rates of methamphetamine use compared to heterosexual men, and thus have a heightened risk of developing problems from their use. We examined treatment outcomes among GBM clients receiving outpatient counseling at a LGBTI-specific, harm reduction treatment service in Sydney, Australia. GBM receiving treatment for methamphetamine use from ACON’s Substance Support Service between 2012–15 (n = 101) were interviewed at treatment commencement, and after 4 sessions (n = 60; follow-up 1) and 8 sessions (n = 32; follow-up 2). At each interview, clients completed measures of methamphetamine use and dependence, other substance use, injecting risk practices, psychological distress and quality of life. The median age of participants was 41 years and 56.4% identified as HIV-positive. Participants attended a median of 5 sessions and attended treatment for a median of 112 days. There was a significant reduction in the median days of methamphetamine use in the previous 4 weeks between baseline (4 days), follow-up 1 (2 days) and follow-up 2 (2 days; p = .001). There was a significant reduction in the proportion of participants reporting methamphetamine dependence between baseline (92.1%), follow-up 1 (78.3%) and follow-up 2 (71.9%, p < .001). There were also significant reductions in psychological distress (p < .001), and significant improvements in quality of life (p < .001). Clients showed reductions in methamphetamine use and improved psychosocial functioning over time, demonstrating the potential effectiveness of a LGBTI-specific treatment service (copy of abstract used).

Skerrett, D. M., Kõlves, K., & De Leo, D. (2015). Are LGBT populations at a higher risk for suicidal behaviors in Australia? Research findings and implications. Journal of Homosexuality, 62(7), 883-901.

This is a review of Australian peer-reviewed literature published between 2008 and 2012 about suicidality in LGBT populations. It was performed to collect evidence on their reportedly higher incidence of suicidality and to identify predictive factors such as coming out, homophobia and non-acceptance by family and friends. The authors studied twelve articles, none of which was population-based. The evidence confirmed that LGBT people are at higher risk of suicidal behaviours Gaps in the literature included a lack of research on suicide deaths and a reliance on cross-sectional studies and convenience sampling usually with self-selected participants. Risk factors for suicidal behaviour in common with the non-LGBT population included mental illness and substance abuse, along with the unique factors discussed earlier. It was confirmed that gay men are a higher risk of suicidality than heterosexual men are, but at lower risk than bisexual men. The authors recommend that further research be undertaken to provide the evidence for future targeted intervention programs.

Stanley, N., Ellis, J., Farrelly, N., Hollinghurst, S., Bailey, S., & Downe, S. (2017). “What matters to someone who matters to me”: using media campaigns with young people to prevent interpersonal violence and abuse. Health Expectations, 20(4), 648-654.

This article examine ways that media campaigns could be used to prevent interpersonal violence and abuse (IPVA). Whilst not specifically about LGBT young adults it was identified that as although there is evidence of IPVA in LGBT communities on a par with heterosexual young adults, there is a lack of materials aimed at this group. This can be complicated by the threat of unwanted ‘outing’, particularly in young adults who may still be coming to terms with their sexuality. This lower disclosure rate results in a reluctance to access support and consequently support services are scarcer. Research and consultation with the target audience is important in producing effective campaigns.

Su, D., Irwin, J. A., Fisher, C., Ramos, A., Kelley, M., Mendoza, D. A. R., & Coleman, J. D. (2016). Mental health disparities within the LGBT population: A comparison between transgender and nontransgender individuals. Transgender Health, 1(1), 12-20.

A 2011 survey in the USA indicated that 41% of the transgender population had considered suicide compared to 1.6%of the general population. This could be associated with discrimination, which is a risk factor for depression. Transgender people commonly experience discrimination, including in healthcare settings. In addition, they often experience feelings of shame, rejection, isolation and anger, all of which may lead to depression. The study compared transgender participants with non-transgender participants for discrimination, depression and attempted suicide. It identified that transgender people had a higher incidence of all three, which was reduced with self-acceptance of their identity.

Talley, A. E., Gilbert, P. A., Mitchell, J., Goldbach, J., Marshall, B. D., & Kaysen, D. (2016). Addressing gaps on risk and resilience factors for alcohol use outcomes in sexual and gender minority populations. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35(4), 484-493.

This mini literature review aimed to examine the state of alcohol-related research in LGBT populations and in doing so identify any gaps in knowledge. Research was classified according to age groups and biological gender. The research contributed to a growing understanding of the differences in sub-groups within the LGBT population. Influences which account for these differences were identified but there are still large gaps in the knowledge, including the role of gender identity. The importance of how minority stress and society and relationships contribute to alcohol misuse over time were also identified. More studies are recommended to gain a clearer understanding.

 

With the exception of the articles from Drug and Alcohol Review all these articles are Open Access and can be retrieved using the links. The Drug and Alcohol Review articles are available on the library database to Healthy Options Australia staff and volunteers.