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Professional Development Blog: January


Welcome to the January 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. The librarian will be on leave from 23 December until 11 January, so any enquiries will be answered on her return.

Please note that all times stated are Queensland times

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From the library collection

Cioffi, C. C., DeGarmo, D. S., & Jones, J. A. (2020). Participation in the Fathering through Change intervention reduces substance use among divorced and separated fathers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment120, 108142.

Cortis, N., Seymour, K., Natalier, K., & Wendt, S. (2021). Which Models of Supervision Help Retain Staff? Findings From Australia’s Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Workforces. Australian Social Work, 74 (1), 68-82.

Holtyn, A. F., Toegel, F., Arellano, M., Subramaniam, S., & Silverman, K. (2020). Employment outcomes of substance use disorder patients enrolled in a therapeutic workplace intervention for drug abstinence and employment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment120, 108160.

Hudson, C., Goel, K., & Cowie, J. (2020). Making Continuing Professional Development Relevant and Accessible in Regional Social Work. Australian Social Work, 74 (1), 29-41.

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Open access

Hayton, S. (2020). Different sides of the same story? Cyberbullying and the positive uses of social networking: Examining perspectives from culturally diverse youthCSU Doctoral Thesis

Jackson, F., Heffernan, T., Orr, M., Young, R. B., Puckett, C., & Daly, S. (2020). Peer Work in Rural and Remote Communities and Mental Health Services. Handbook of Rural, Remote, and very Remote Mental Health, 1-28.

Pan, K. Y., Kok, A. A., Eikelenboom, M., Horsfall, M., Jörg, F., Luteijn, R. A., … & Penninx, B. W. (2020). The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with and without depressive, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorders: a longitudinal study of three Dutch case-control cohorts. The Lancet Psychiatry.

Williams, B. (2020). Living life online: adolescent mental health and social mediaPsychiatry Advisor.

New Resources

Webinars and podcasts

NDARC Seminars

Catch up on the recordings of the NDARC Seminar Series

Providing inclusive AOD treatment...

Providing inclusive AOD treatment for gender and sexuality diverse people

Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in primary healthcare when speaking about substance use and depression.

The webinar contains information about:

  • why we need to think about substance use and mental health in primary healthcare
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients’ experiences speaking about substance use
  • staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary care patients’ views speaking about mental health.

Dr. Sara Farnbach is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at NDARC with a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities through evidence-based and tailored health service delivery. Her current research is focused treatment of people with co-morbid substance use and mental illness. She is working with linked datasets and health services to explore and enhance existing data collection systems and service delivery. She has an interest in novel approaches to service evaluation, using routinely collected data and pragmatic trial designs.

The webinar runs for approximately 37 minutes.

Anxiety in young people

These free webinars provide an overview of anxiety, how it presents in young people and how it can be treated.

COVID-19 & mental health care

Professor Patrick McGorry AO is Executive Director of Orygen, and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. He discusses the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of Australians, and what reforms are needed to strengthen the mental health care system. With MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell. 22 mins, 20 secs.

Insight Qld webinars

Access the back catalogue of Insight Qld webinars on their YouTube channel

Healing our way

Created in close consultation with The Healing Foundation’s Youth Reference Group, The Healing Our Way podcast explores topics relating to intergenerational trauma, racism, identity, culture and healing. The series features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and experiences, to promote truth telling and inspire listeners to learn more about the Stolen Generations.

It is crucial that young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are a key part of the conversation about how we can continue to heal as a strong community and nation. The podcasts will create a space for young people to learn about and participate in discussions about the Stolen Generations, healing and intergenerational trauma.

Hosted by Wuthathi and Torres Strait Islander woman, Jax Compton with special guests.

E-book of the month

co-occurring disorders book cover

Co-Occurring DisordersIntegrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Charles Atkins M.D.

Despite an increased awareness of co-occurring disorders, most current treatment paradigms still focus on one problem or the other, leaving much unassessed, unaddressed, or ignored. Until now – a revolutionary new book  that can break the cycles of relapse for those intertwined with substance use and mental illness.

Co-Occurring Disorders is a guide to practical assessment and effective treatment approaches for working work with any number of co-occurring disorders. This step-by-step approach, demonstrated through diverse case studies, gives you the tools you need to improve and track your clinical outcomes. This is a must-have resource for both the rubber-meets-the-road clinician, who wants effective strategies and a clear direction for treatment and recovery, and the administrator who creates interventions at the system level with attention to regulatory and reimbursement demands. Also included is a comprehensive state-by-state Guide to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Agencies and Prescription Monitoring Programs

Evidence-Based Integrated Treatment, finding the right tool for the job:

• Motivational Interviewing
• Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Strategies
• Skills Training
• Mindfulness Training
• Mutual Self-Help & Peer-Based interventions
• Wellness interventions
• Recovery based
• Family interventions
• Assertive Community Treatment and Targeted Case Management
• Psychopharmacology including opioid and nicotine replacement strategies

Diagnosis-Specific Issues in Co-Occurring Disorders:

• Depression and Bipolar Disorders
• Anxiety and PTSD
• Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders
• Personality Disorders

Substance-Specific Issues in Co-Occurring Disorders:

• Alcohol
• Opioids
• Tobacco
• Cocaine and other Stimulants, including “Bath Salts”
• Cannabis & Synthetic Cannabis
• The Internet and other sources of Drugs



360Edge online workshops

360Edge are continuing with their online workshops including: Thriving at work; Trauma-informed care; Working with families in AOD settings. There is a charge for the workshops.

Screening for problem gambling

Free training is now being offered to provide clinicians with the tools to help screen and identify people who are experiencing gambling problems. It covers:

characteristics of problem gambling; the relationship with substance use and mental health; Problem Gambling Severity Index; the use of brief interventions and practice-based strategies.

Graduate certificate in telehealth

There is a growing demand for healthcare delivery beyond traditional face-to-face services. The Graduate Certificate of Telehealth is an online course designed to provide healthcare professionals with a framework for developing a safe and effective virtual practice. You’ll gain the practical skills and knowledge required to deliver evidence-based telehealth services.

This course is delivered in partnership with Turning Point, a leading national provider of telehealth services to the alcohol and other drug (AOD), gambling and mental health sectors. Learning from local and international experts from Monash and Turning Point, you’ll cover the practical, legal, ethical and policy-related requirements of working remotely with patients, clients and consumers.

This course is delivered online and takes 1 year part-time.

Understanding QOTP e-learning

This advanced module is designed for specialist alcohol and drug treatment workers (non-prescribers) who want to know more about opioid substitution treatment and how the QOTP operates in Queensland.

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