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Professional Development Blog: December


Welcome to the December 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 collection

Badji, S., Black, N., & Johnston, D. W. (2020). Association between density of gaming venues in a geographical area and prevalence of insolvency: longitudinal evidence from Australia. Addiction (Abingdon, England)115(12), 2349–2356.

Behrendt, S., Kuerbis, A., Bilberg, R., Braun-Michl, B., Mejldal, A., Bühringer, G., Bogenschutz, M., Andersen, K., & Nielsen, A. S. (2020). Impact of comorbid mental disorders on outcomes of brief outpatient treatment for DSM-5 alcohol use disorder in older adults. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment119.

Binswanger, I. A., Nguyen, A. P., Morenoff, J. D., Xu, S., & Harding, D. J. (2020). The association of criminal justice supervision setting with overdose mortality: a longitudinal cohort study. Addiction (Abingdon, England)115(12), 2329–2338.

Cioffi, C. C., & Leve, L. D. (2020). Substance use disorder treatment, parenting, and COVID-19. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment119, 108148.

Mugavin, J., MacLean, S., Room, R., & Callinan, S. (2020). Subgroups of adults who drink alcohol at low-risk levels: Diverse drinking patterns and demography. Drug and Alcohol Review39(7), 975–983.

Wilson, J., Lam, T., Scott, D., Crossin, R., Matthews, S., Smith, K., Lubman, D. I., & Nielsen, S. (2020). “Extreme personal stress” and “a lot of pain”: Exploring the physical, mental and social contexts of extramedical pharmaceutical opioid use in Australian paramedic case descriptions. Drug and Alcohol Review39(7), 870–878.

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Open access

Bahji, A., Stephenson, C., Tyo, R., Hawken, E. R., & Seitz, D. P. (2020). Prevalence of Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms Among People With Regular or Dependent Use of Cannabinoids: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisJAMA network open3(4), e202370-e202370.

Koob, G. F., Powell, P., & White, A. (2020). Addiction as a coping response: hyperkatifeia, deaths of despair, and COVID-19. American Journal of Psychiatry177(11), 1031-1037.

Oldham, M., Livingston, M., Whitaker, V., Callinan, S., Fairbrother, H., Curtis, P., … & Holmes, J. (2020). Trends in the psychosocial characteristics of 11–15‐year‐olds who still drink, smoke, take drugs and engage in poly‐substance use in EnglandDrug and Alcohol Review.

Santiago, P. H. R., Nielsen, T., Roberts, R., Smithers, L. G., & Jamieson, L. (2020). Sense of personal control: Can it be assessed culturally unbiased across Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians?PloS one15(10), e0239384.

NEW resources


Online learning/ workshops


Insight have launched a  eLearning package focussing on the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST).

Featuring animations and demonstration videos, the module aims to familiarise learners with the instrument and related tools by explaining how to administer, score and interpret the ASSIST and how to provide feedback and conduct a linked brief intervention.

Understanding MDMA

Insight have launched la comprehensive overview of MDMA as part of their “Understanding Drugs” eLearning series, exploring the history, pharmacology, effects, harm reduction strategies and future of MDMA therapy

Youth AOD Learning Hub

Browse their free online evidence-based courses in your own time and at your own pace

E-book of the month

The first compendium of all substance abuse treatment options with a focus on best practices. This is the first compendium of the entire range of options available for treating substance abuse, with a focus on effectiveness. The book synthesizes treatment approaches from medicine, psychology, sociology, and social work, and investigates regimens that range from brief interventions to the most intensive and expensive types of inpatient treatment programs. It examines controversies over best practices in substance treatment and closely analyses current research findings and their applicability for improving substance abuse treatment in the future. Written for both academics and clinicians, the book translates complex research findings into an easily understandable format. Substance Abuse Treatment examines the circumstances under which a treatment is considered effective and how effectiveness is measured. It discusses treatment goals and looks at the importance of client motivation in positive treatment outcomes. A great variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment options are examined, as are self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. This segues to a discussion of the changing role of self-help programs in treatment. The text also analyses changes in the substance abuse treatment industry that make treatment more costly and less available to those without financial resources. It gives special attention to the treatment of diverse populations, those with co-occurring disorders, and criminal justice populations. National, state, and local prevention efforts are covered as well as substance abuse prevention and future issues in treatment. The book is intended for undergraduate and graduate substance abuse courses in all relevant areas of study. In addition, it will be an important reference for substance abuse clinicians and other health professionals who treat patients with substance abuse issues. Key Features: Comprises a comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical guide to the field of substance abuse treatment and its efficacy Synthesizes treatment approaches from medicine, psychology, sociology, and social work Investigates all regimens ranging from brief interventions to intensive inpatient treatment programs, from outpatient to 12-step programs Explores the changing role of self-help programs in treatment Includes chapters on substance abuse treatment with special populations including children/adolescents, women, older adults, and criminal offenders (publisher)

NADA conference 2021

To be held on 22–23 April in Sydney. This conference will attract delegates from across NSW, the broader Australian alcohol and other drug treatment sector and other health and human services. Showcasing interventions designed to improve outcomes for clients, this event will inform with new ideas, engage with the evidence base and provide networking opportunities. Cost $180-$620

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