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Professional Development Blog June 2020

Welcome to the Professional Development Blog for June.

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Online resources

From the library database

Beaton, J., & Thielking, M. (2020). Chronic mistrust and complex trauma: Australian psychologists’ perspectives on the treatment of young women with a history of childhood maltreatment. Australian Psychologist, 55(3), 230-243.

Newell, S. J., Chur‐Hansen, A., & Strelan, P. (2019). A systematic narrative review of psychological literacy measurement. Australian Journal of Psychology, 77(2), 123-132.

Norton, G. (2020). Stimulant expectancy questionnaire for men who have sex with men: A measure of substance‐related beliefs. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31(2), 309-319.

Onie, S., Gong, S., Manwaring, E., Grageda, D., Webb, K., Yuen, W. S., & Most, S. B. (2020). Validation of the Australian beverage picture set: A controlled picture set for cognitive bias measurement and modification paradigms. Australian Journal of Psychology77(2), 223-232.

Prguda, E., Burke, K., Antrobus, E., & Bennett, S. (2020). Accessibility of evidence‐based parenting programs in the community: Parents who are involved in the Criminal Justice System encounter barriers to program access. Australian Psychologist55(3), 244-256.

Rehm, J., Kilian, C., Ferreira‐Borges, C., Jernigan, D., Monteiro, M., Parry, C. D., … & Manthey, J. (2020). Alcohol use in times of the COVID 19: Implications for monitoring and policy. Drug and Alcohol Review39(4), 301-304.

Satyen, L., Hansen, A., & Supol, M. (2020). Family violence knowledge in culturally diverse communities and organisational preparedness to disseminate information. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31(2), 287-297.

Stevely, A. K., Holmes, J., McNamara, S., & Meier, P. S. (2020). Drinking contexts and their association with acute alcohol‐related harm: A systematic review of event‐level studies on adults’ drinking occasions. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39(4), 309-320.

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Open access articles

Bjornestad, J., McKay, J. R., Berg, H., Moltu, C., & Nesvåg, S. (2020). How often are outcomes other than change in substance use measured? A systematic review of outcome measures in contemporary randomised controlled trials. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39(4), 394-414.

Harfield, S., Pearson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., … & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2020). Assessing the quality of health research from an Indigenous perspective: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool. BMC medical research methodology, 20(1), 1-9.

Kolla, G., & Strike, C. (2020). Practices of care among people who buy, use, and sell drugs in community settings. Harm Reduction Journal, 17(1), 1-12.

Siefried, K. J., Acheson, L. S., Lintzeris, N., & Ezard, N. (2020). Pharmacological Treatment of Methamphetamine/ Amphetamine Dependence: A Systematic Review. CNS drugs, 1-29.

Visser, E., Matos, M. R., van der Loo, R. J., Marchant, N. J., de Vries, T. J., Smit, A. B., & van den Oever, M. C. (2020). A persistent alcohol cue memory trace drives relapse to alcohol seeking after prolonged abstinence. Science Advances, 6(19), eaax7060.

Open access journal

Harm Reduction Journal  publishes research focusing on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. (from journal website)

Articles published are subject to single-blind peer review.

E-book of the month

Hodge, D. (2015). Colouring the Rainbow : Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives: Life Stories and Essays by First Nations People of Australia. Wakefield Press.

This book uncovers the often hidden world of Queer and Trans Blak Australia and tells it like it is. Twenty-two First Nations people reveal their inner reflections and outlooks on family and culture, identity and respect, homophobia, transphobia, racism and decolonisation, activism, art, performance and more, through life stories and essays. The contributors to this ground-breaking book not only record the continuing relevance of traditional culture and practices, they also explain the emergence of homonormativity within the context of contemporary settler colonialism. ‘Colouring the Rainbow’ is a real, searing and celebratory exploration of modern culture in post-apology Australia.

(from publisher)

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The economic case for promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental ill-health in the aftermath of COVID19

 Mental health conditions are not inevitable and there are numerous evidence-based approaches to the prevention of mental health conditions. Many of these are cost-effective and can produce significant savings for individuals, governments and society. This webinar will explore the growing evidence from economic evaluations of prevention initiatives.

Presented by Prevention United

2 June 12:30-13:30

Responding to Inhalant Use in QLD

Inhalant use presents a range of challenges for the service system. The cohort regularly using inhalants are often very young, frequently with backgrounds of complex trauma, and interfacing with the justice, health and child protection system. This presentation will provide an update on inhalant use in Queensland including information on the medical management of inhalant use, and strategies to assist coordinated multi-agency responses.

Presented by Insight Qld.

3 June

Wellbeing is contagious too: Inner strength and compassion during and after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken a collective toll on public mental health and wellbeing, but there is good reason for hope. Decades of wellbeing research shows that people can grow through adversity when they are able to cultivate inner strength and compassion. This webinar will discuss the need to foster these qualities through the broad public policy response to COVID-19 and targeted promotion and prevention programs.

Presented by Prevention United

3 June 12:30-13:30

Quetiapine & substance use, helpful or hazardous

Quetiapine has been used as a treatment for a large variety of substances including to aid in withdrawal and abstinence. However there is now growing concern that this treatment is becoming a drug of dependence in its own right. This talk will look at quetiapine, how it works, its evidence for use in treatment of substance use, adverse effects from its misuse and the evidence behind quetiapine withdrawal and management.

Presented by Insight Qld.

10 June 10:00-11:00

Promoting and protecting the mental health of children and young people in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having major impacts on the lives of children, young people and their parents. Children and young people have been less able to interact with friends and their learning has changed, while parents have been dealing with unemployment or juggling work and home schooling. This webinar will explore how we can support children, young people and parents during this difficult time and reduce the risk of mental health conditions among these groups.

Presented by Prevention United

The case for community-led action and social policy reform in the wake of COVID19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant social and economic upheaval. Community strengthening programs have shown benefits in preventing substance misuse and may hold benefits for mental wellbeing. Social & economic policies that soften the impacts from COVID-19 are crucial for prevention. This webinar will explore place-based solutions, and public policies that may help flatten the curve of mental ill-health.

Presented by Prevention United

Helping women quit smoking during pregnancy

The harms of smoking on pregnant women and their baby are well known and up to 45% of women quit before their first antenatal visit however, 14.5% of pregnant women still smoke in pregnancy and many will relapse after giving birth. Current and future treatment and intervention options are discussed.

Presented by Insight Qld.

Treatment of stimulant use: what the evidence says

It has been estimated that 7.4 million people worldwide have an amphetamine use disorder, yet information on how to best to treat stimulant dependence is limited and often inconsistent. 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.

Presented by Insight Qld.


Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit Webinar Archive


Understanding psychoactive drugs

Presented by Insight Qld.

Prerequisite eLearning: Online Induction Material – Module 2 

NB: This course is a pre-requisite for the “Assessing and Managing Withdrawal” workshop.

This workshop covers foundational knowledge and concepts required to work in the alcohol and other drug field.

Topics covered include:

  • History of substance use, statistics, prevalence and rates of use
  • Moral, legal, disease and bio-psychosocial models of substance use
  • Australian drug policy frameworks and guidelines
  • Basic neurobiology and pharmacology
  • Routes of administration
  • Patterns of use and harms from substance use
  • Intoxication and overdose
  • Tolerance, dependence and withdrawal
  • Foundational therapeutic concepts including the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Changes)
  • Overview of the Queensland AOD Treatment System
  • The evidence-base underpinning therapeutic intervention

AOD clinical assessment

Presented by Insight Qld.

Prerequisite: eLearning – Induction – Module 4 – AOD Clinical Assessment

This interactive workshop introduces participants to clinical assessment for alcohol and other drug problems.

Topics covered include:

  • raising the issue of alcohol and other drug use with clients
  • screening instruments
  • assessment instruments
  • bio-psychosocial elements of assessment
  • situational alcohol and other drug risks
  • practical skill development exercises.

Introduction to motivational interviewing

Presented by Insight Qld.

Prerequisite: eLearning – Induction – Module 5 – Motivational Interviewing 

This workshop develops core skills in working with clients who are ambivalent about making change to their substance use. This interactive skills-based course covers:

  • motivational interviewing principles and processes
  • using the OARS micro-counselling skills
  • brief motivational assessment
  • motivational interviewing strategies
  • practical skills development.

360 Edge: Interactive Iso Workshops

Iso-workshops! It’s the next best thing to face to face training. Our trainers are right there in the (virtual) room with you. Cost from $290 (earlybird) to $350 (standard).

Working with families.

Deepen your understanding of how to work effectively with families with alcohol and other drug issues. Our structured evidence based framework will enable you to address the needs of families in your day to day alcohol and other drug work.  4 and 9 June, 9-12:00

Help! I’ve been subpoenaed.

Are your notes court ready? Would you know what to do if you were subpoenaed? This popular and fun workshop will put you at ease when you appear in court. 7 and 14 July, 9-12:00 (early bird until 30 June)

Motivational interviewing for alcohol and other drugs.

This foundation workshop, new in 2020, will cover the key elements of motivational interviewing essential for alcohol and other drug workers. 6 and 11 August, 9-12:00 (early bird until 24 July)

Graduate courses in youth mental health

Orygen in partnership with The University of Melbourne are offering Australia’s first fully-online graduate courses in youth mental health.

The courses on offer are:

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