News Professional development blog August 2020

Professional development blog August 2020


This edition contains curated PD opportunities for people working with clients impacted by substances or mental illness. During a time of information overload, access to reliable information is important. We aim to fill this need by being a source of accurate, evidence-based resources.

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From the library collection

Barnett, A., O’Brien, K., Hall, W., & Carter, A. (2020). Support for the psychosocial, disease and brain disease models of addiction: A survey of treatment providers’ attitudes in Australia, the UK, and U.S. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment115.

Batterham, P. J., Kazan, D., Banfield, M., & Brown, K. (2020). Differences in mental health service use between urban and rural areas of Australia. Australian Psychologist55(4), 327–335.

Creswell, K. G., Chung, T., Skrzynski, C. J., Bachrach, R. L., Jackson, K. M., Clark, D. B., & Martin, C. S. (2020). Drinking beyond the binge threshold in a clinical sample of adolescents. Addiction (Abingdon, England)115(8), 1472–1481.

Cumming, C., Kinner, S. A., McKetin, R., Li, I., & Preen, D. (2020). Methamphetamine use, health and criminal justice system outcomes: A systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Review39(5). 505-518.

Holst, C., Tolstrup, J. S., Sørensen, H. J., & Becker, U. (2020). Family structure and alcohol use disorder: a register‐based cohort study among offspring with and without parental alcohol use disorder. Addiction115(8), 1440–1449.

Ingram, I., Kelly, P. J., Deane, F. P., Baker, A. L., Goh, M. C. W., Raftery, D. K., & Dingle, G. A. (2020). Loneliness among people with substance use problems: A narrative systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Review. 39(5).447-483.

Robertson, A. G., Easter, M. M., Lin, H.-J., Khoury, D., Pierce, J., Swanson, J., & Swartz, M. (2020). Gender-specific participation and outcomes among jail diversion clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment115.

Westerman, T., & Sheridan, L. (2020). Whole of community suicide prevention forums for Aboriginal Australians. Australian Psychologist55(4), 363–374.

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Open access

Gosens, L. C., Otten, R., Didden, R., & Poelen, E. A. (2020). Evaluating a personalized treatment for substance use disorder in people with mild intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning: A study protocol of a multiple baseline across individuals design. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 100616.

McIntyre, R. S., & Lee, Y. (2020). Preventing suicide in the context of the COVID‐19 pandemicWorld psychiatry19(2), 250.

O’Brien, J., Fossey, E., & Palmer, V. J. A scoping review of the use of co‐design methods with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to improve or adapt mental health servicesHealth & Social Care in the Community.

Watson, R. J., Park, M., Taylor, A. B., Fish, J. N., Corliss, H. L., Eisenberg, M. E., & Saewyc, E. M. (2020). Associations Between Community-Level LGBTQ-Supportive Factors and Substance Use Among Sexual Minority Adolescents. LGBT Health7(2), 82-89.


New resources

                        E-book of the month

Women & Problem Gambling

Addiction is much misunderstood. Women and addictive gambling even more so, and for many years women have suffered in silence. This book explores how lonely, troubled lives and damaging relationships lead to the trap of problem gambling, the anxiety and chaos whilst locked inside, and then offers realistic hope of a way out. With the significant increase in women gambling problematically, Women and Problem Gambling aims to answer the often asked question’who is to blame?’the text covers: the role of the gambling industry the role of society women’s relationships with others and themselves what’hitting rock bottom’truly is Case studies illustrate how gambling begins as harmless escapism and how stressful and sometimes painful lives, combined with spiralling debts, lead to desperation to avoid thoughts, feelings and the reality of life in chaos. Women can, and do, stop gambling, and the author shares anecdotes from patients, and discusses therapeutic models and practical strategies to demonstrate how this is possible. Women and Problem Gambling is based on the author’s research and theories developed throughout her extensive practice. The insights will be of value to anyone wanting to understand or work with problem gambling in women; from a woman with a problem herself, thorough to family, friends and any healthcare professionals or therapists involved in her care and treatment. (EBSCO)


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