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October Professional Development Blog

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Welcome to the October edition of the PD blog, containing professional development opportunities for workers in the AOD and mental health sector. We aim to include as many free and online resources as possible to ensure it is fully inclusive. Please contact the librarian if you have any questions, comments or wish to subscribe to the blog.

Please note that all times stated are Queensland times

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From the library database

Congia, P., Mannarino, S., Deiana, S., Maulu, M., & Muscas, E. (2020). Association between adult ADHD, self-report, and behavioral measures of impulsivity and treatment outcome in cocaine use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment118.

Conigrave, J. H., Lee, K. K., Zheng, C., Wilson, S., Perry, J., Chikritzhs, T., … & Hayman, N. (2020). Drinking risk varies within and between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander samples: a meta‐analysis to identify sources of heterogeneity. Addiction115(10), 1817-1830.

Doyle, M. F., Guthrie, J., Butler, T., Shakeshaft, A., Conigrave, K., & Williams, M. (2020). Onset and trajectory of alcohol and other drug use among Aboriginal men entering a prison treatment program: A qualitative study. Drug and Alcohol Review39(6), 704-712.

Huckle, T., Callinan, S., Pham, C., Chaiyasong, S., Parker, K., & Casswell, S. (2020). Harmful drinking occurs in private homes in some high‐and middle‐income alcohol markets: Data from the International Alcohol Control Study. Drug and Alcohol Review39(6), 616-623.

Martz, J. R., Romero, V., & Anderson, J. R. (2020). Facilitators and barriers of empowerment in family and domestic violence housing models: A systematic literature review. Australian Psychologist. 55(5), 425-439

Powell‐Jones, A., & Simpson, S. (2020). Drunkorexia: An investigation of symptomatology and early maladaptive schemas within a female, young adult Australian population. Australian Psychologist55(5), 559-571.

Taylor, P. J., Playle, R., Robling, M., Bezeczky, Z., John‐Evans, H., Dimitropoulou, P., … & Bagshaw, R. (2020). A randomized controlled trial of a Group psychological intervention to increase locus of control for alcohol consumption among Alcohol‐Misusing Short‐term (male) Prisoners (GASP). Addiction. 115(10), 1844-1854.

Zastepa, E., Sun, J. C., Clune, J., & Mathew, N. (2020). Adaptation of contingency management for stimulant use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment118.


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Open access

Blackmore, R., Boyle, J. A., Fazel, M., Ranasinha, S., Gray, K. M., Fitzgerald, G., … & Gibson-Helm, M. (2020). The prevalence of mental illness in refugees and asylum seekers: A systematic review and meta-analysisPLoS Medicine.

Dudgeon, P., Boe, M., & Walker, R. Original Paper Addressing Inequities in Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing through Transformative and Decolonising Research and Practice.

Iob, E., Schoeler, T., Cecil, C. M., Walton, E., McQuillin, A., & Pingault, J. B. (2019). Identifying risk factors involved in the common versus specific liabilities to substance abuse: A genetically informed approachbioRxiv, 595728.

Lewer, D., Braithwaite, I., Bullock, M., Eyre, M.T.,  White, P.J., Aldridge, R.W….(2020). COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness in England: a modelling study The Lancet.

Paul, B., Thulien, M., Knight, R., Milloy, M. J., Howard, B., Nelson, S., & Fast, D. (2020). “Something that actually works”: Cannabis use among young people in the context of street entrenchment. Plos one15(7), e0236243.


E-book of the month

Solution-focused case management

Solution-focused case management cover

“Blundo and Simon have successfully outlined how a solution-focused perspective can be a powerful tool for case managers. Their understanding and presentation is based upon practice scenarios that are real and applied…They clearly demonstrate the impact of ‘thinking and language’and the importance of building a collaborative relationship with clients. Their work challenges the traditional theory-driven interventions that focus on problems and arrive at a diagnosis. They encourage a ‘shift’to a co-constructive partnership that requires a practitioner to respect that clients are ‘experts of their own lives’…They provide a clear step-wise discussion of techniques and strategies that can be employed working with individuals and families in case management settings. This book is a must read.” -Lawrence T. Force, PhD. LCSW-R Professor of Psychology, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY From the Foreword Solution-focused practice is a paradigm that stresses client abilities, strengths, and individual goals rather than disability. Written by a team of educator/practitioners noted for their expertise in solution-focused therapy, this “how-to” text for social work, counseling, and psychology students guides current and future case managers in learning this strengths-based, collaborative approach to case management. It discusses both the philosophical basis for solution-focused casework and demonstrates how it is ideally suited for the case management process. The book is based on teaching materials the authors have developed and used in their classes and workshops with undergraduate and graduate students and professionals. The text incorporates new research and theoretical developments in solution-focused therapy as well as actual practice scenarios demonstrating the process of building a collaborative relationship with individual clients and families. Replete with strategies and tools for practicing solution-focused case management, the text describes such essential skills as identifying goals, monitoring progress, working with other agencies, and transitioning out of treatment. It discusses issues related to ethical practice and presents strategies for self-care. Additionally, the book addresses diversity and social justice and their relationships to solution-focused practice. Student exercises help to reinforce knowledge. The text will assist case managers in a variety of settings—hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, community-based mental health agencies, schools, prisons, court systems, and shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence—to partner with their clients towards finding strengths-based and solution-focused approaches to resolving issues in a positive way. Key Features: Authored by noted experts in solution-focused education and practice Facilitates a reframing of casework and case management around client strengths and resources Provides specific case examples that allow readers to troubleshoot and apply solution-focused principles to practice Includes student exercises throughout the book (EBSCO).

insight webinars

Wednesdays 10-11 am (AEST)

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Side by side: supporting youth peer work in mental health services

Peer workers provide important and unique support for people experiencing mental ill-health, drawing on their lived experience to provide emotional and social support to others with whom they share a common experience.

In youth mental health services, youth peer workers often share a similar age to the young people coming into a service. Youth peer workers are important because they aim to remove power imbalances that can arise due to age or helper-client dynamics, they can better relate to other young people’s life experiences, and are likely to have shared experiences of mental ill-health.

Join us as we explore the importance of youth peer work in supporting young people experiencing mental ill-health.

October 7, 9:30-11:00

Early intervention for borderline personality disorder

Early intervention is a priority for those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The sooner treatments like Dialectical Behaviour Therapy are made available, the more quickly individuals can equip themselves with appropriate coping strategies, and the sooner they can begin their pathway to effective management and recovery. This webinar will explore how the latest research and best practice aim to enhance early intervention for the benefit of patients and their families alike, offering genuine hope for the future of BPD treatment.

  October 7, 1pm



Insight Virtual workshops

Bookings are essential and are available to Queensland workers only. All run online via Zoom.

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