News Professional Development Blog April 2020

Professional Development Blog April 2020

Welcome to the Professional Development Blog for April.

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Many of us are currently working from home and therefore access to online content and  professional development is becoming increasingly important. We hope that this blog goes some way into fulfilling this need.

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Online Resources

From the library database

Please note access to these articles is only available on Drug ARM computers or for Drug ARM staff and volunteers.

Agterberg, S., Schubert, N., Overington, L., & Corace, K. (2020). Treatment barriers among individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems: Examining gender differences. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 112, 29-35.

Grigg, J., Arunogiri, S., Manning, V., Phan, V., Campbell, S., Frei, M., & Lubman, D. I. (2020). The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service: A model of telephone‐delivered addiction specialist support. Drug and Alcohol Review. 39(3), 238-245.

Korkmazer, B., De Ridder, S., & Van Bauwel, S. (2019). Reporting on young people, sexuality, and social media: a discourse theoretical analysis. Journal of Youth Studies, 23(2), 1-17.

Kubota, R., & Nixon, R. D. The effect of mindfulness training on rumination and intrusions after analogue trauma. Australian Psychologist. 55(2), 108-120.

Kuskoff, E., & Parsell, C. (2020). Preventing domestic violence by changing Australian gender relations: Issues and considerations. Australian Social Work, 73(2), 227-235.

Shanahan, M., Seddon, J., Ritter, A., & De Abreu Lourenco, R. (2020). Valuing families’ preferences for drug treatment: a discrete choice experiment. Addiction, 115(4), 690-699.

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Open Access Articles

Fosnocht, A. Q., Lucerne, K. E., Ellis, A. S., Olimpo, N. A., & Briand, L. A. (2019). Adolescent social isolation increases cocaine seeking in male and female mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 359, 589-596.

Irvine, A., Drew, P., Bower, P., Brooks, H., Gellatly, J., Armitage, C. J., … & Bee, P. (2020). Are there interactional differences between telephone and face-to-face psychological therapy? A systematic review of comparative studies. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Liu, S., Yang, L., Zhang, C., Xiang, Y. T., Liu, Z., Hu, S., & Zhang, B. (2020). Online mental health services in China during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(4), e17-e18.

Ma, R., Mann, F., Wang, J., Lloyd-Evans, B., Terhune, J., Al-Shihabi, A., & Johnson, S. (2019). The effectiveness of interventions for reducing subjective and objective social isolation among people with mental health problems: a systematic review. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1-38.

Open Access Journal

Digital Health Journal

DIGITAL HEALTH  is a peer reviewed open access journal which focuses on healthcare in the digital world, bridging the evolution of advances in informatics and technology in medicine, health and all aspects of health care.

E-Book of the Month

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‘An enjoyable book that helps to bring counselling into the 21st century. Kate and DeeAnna have played a significant role in the development of online therapy and their enthusiasm for the subject matter, and experience as trainers and practitioners, comes through in this informative text.’ Terry Hanley, Director of MA in Counselling, University of Manchester The plethora of online services now available has led to a growing demand for practitioners to look beyond traditional face-to-face therapy and take advantage of the flexibility which email and the Internet can offer them and their clients. This guide gives up-to-the minute information and research, ethical and legal advice, on the practicalities of setting up or joining a service, and the essential therapeutic skills needed to be an effective online therapist. Writing for an international audience, the authors discuss the issues for practitioners using the Internet today, as well as in the future. Basing their study on published empirical research, they address: – text-based therapeutic interventions such as email, Internet Relay Chat and forums, from the perspective of different theoretical orientations, illustrated with a full length case study – new Ethical Framework for using Technology in Mental Health – online supervision, online research; group therapy online – the ‘business’ of setting up in private practice or e-clinics – other therapeutic uses of technology including use of video therapy, mobile SMS, telephone therapy, Virtual Reality environments, gaming and computerised CBT. The authoritative guide to all aspects of being an online therapist, this practical text is a vital addition to any therapist’s library. It will also be valuable reading for anyone training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist in our increasingly ‘electronic’ world (publisher).

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Insight qld Webinars

Wednesdays 10-11:00. Webinar archive also available.


Empowering strong families 4077 & trauma informed care...

ESF 4077 ’s focus was on reducing tobacco use amongst young pregnant Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women. It achieved some encouraging results with some women making positive changes in their smoking. However, a lot was learnt from this research about the challenges faced by pregnant urban Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women and the support required to enable and empower them to contemplate and embark on smoking cessation and other life style changes.

GHB & its use as a recreational substance.

This will be a presentation providing an overview of the recreational drug known as GHB. It will explore what are the demographics of the people using it, the effects of GHB and how it achieves them and the potential risks associated with its use.

...Youth Substance Use...

Best practice in the treatment of substance use problems involves a comprehensive initial assessment and ongoing monitoring of treatment progress with standardised measures (e.g., validated questionnaire, interview schedule). However, the use of such measures can be time-consuming and raises the question of what should be measured to best guide treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of how theoretically-driven assessment can be harnessed to better personalise treatment and enhance clinical outcomes.

Treatment of stimulant use...

This talk will review the current global evidence on how effective different treatment approaches are for treating stimulant dependence. It will also discuss the need to address other harms associated with the use of stimulants.

Webinar: trauma & substance Abuse

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This webinar will provide information about

  • The nature of trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder) and its effects
  • The link between trauma and the use of alcohol and other drugs (including methamphetamine)
  • Approaches to managing and treating trauma symptoms

Webinar will take place on Tuesday 21st April  at 12-1pm AESTand be presented by Professor Katherine Mills


Webinar: The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in primary healthcare when speaking about substance use and depression

Open Doors -. Perspectives on Working with LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy Young People

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