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Professional Development Blog May 2020

Welcome to the Professional Development Blog for May.

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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

Askew, D. A., Brady, K., Mukandi, B., Singh, D., Sinha, T., Brough, M., & Bond, C. J. (2019). Closing the gap between rhetoric and practice in strengths‐based approaches to Indigenous public health: a qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Duke, K., Thom, B., & Gleeson, H. (2019). Framing ‘drug prevention’for young people in contact with the criminal justice system in England: views from practitioners in the field. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-19.

Godrich, S. L., Stoneham, M., Edmunds, M., & Devine, A. (2020). South West Food Community: how government and community initiatives are supporting systemic change towards enhanced food security. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(2), 129-136.

Jones, C. T., & Branco, S. F. (2020). Trauma‐Informed Supervision: Clinical Supervision of Substance Use Disorder Counselors. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 41(1), 2-17.

Martin, N. K., Hickman, M., Spaulding, A. C., & Vickerman, P. (2020). Prisons can also improve drug user health in the community. Addiction.

McDonald, P., Grant-Smith, D., Moore, K., & Marston, G. (2019). Navigating employability from the bottom up. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-18.

Pringer, S. M., & Wagner, N. J. (2020). Use of Trauma‐Informed Care With Incarcerated Offenders. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 41(1), 52-64.

Sarala, M., Miettunen, J., Koskela, J., Mustonen, A., Rose, R. J., Hurtig, T., … & Niemelä, S. (2020). Frequent intoxication and alcohol tolerance in adolescence: Associations with psychiatric disorders in young adulthood. Addiction, 115(5), 888-900.

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Open Access Articles

Rushton, K., Ardern, K., Hopkin, E., Welsh, C., Gellatly, J., Faija, C., … & Bee, P. (2020). ‘I didn’t know what to expect’: Exploring patient perspectives to identify targets for change to improve telephone-delivered psychological interventions. BMC Psychiatry, 20(1), 1-13.

Santa Maria, D., Daundasekara, S. S., Hernandez, D. C., Zhang, W., & Narendorf, S. C. (2020). Sexual risk classes among youth experiencing homelessness: Relation to childhood adversities, current mental symptoms, substance use, and HIV testing. PloS One, 15(1).

Titlestad, K. B., Mellingen, S., Stroebe, M., & Dyregrov, K. (2020). Sounds of silence. The “special grief” of drug-death bereaved parents: a qualitative study. Addiction Research & Theory, 1-11.

Usher, K., Bhullar, N., & Jackson, D. (2020). Life in the pandemic: Social isolation and mental health. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Open Access Journal

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research is a peer-reviewed journal, which aims to promote and  foster research into alcohol and other drugs

E-Book of the Month

 Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling

This core, introductory textbook for undergraduate and graduate-level courses is the first to combine the knowledge and skills of counselling psychology with current theory and research in grief and bereavement. The second edition has been updated to reflect important new research and changes in the field, including insights on complicated grief, resilience after adverse life experiences, and compassion-based approaches to death, loss, and grief. It discusses the implications of the DSM-5ís omission of the bereavement exclusion for the diagnosis of a major depressive disorder. A completely new chapter on the social context of loss addresses social messages, grieving rules, workplace policies, and the disenfranchisement of many aspects of normal, health grief. The text also touches upon some of the therapies that have been developed by major researchers in the field to address complicated grief. New case scenarios further enrich the second edition. The text is grounded in the belief that grief counselling is distinct from other therapeutic issues because it is an adaptive response rather than a form of pathology. It describes the unique aspects of grief as a normal response to losses both death and non-death related, and views the goal of counselling bereaved individuals as one of facilitating the unfolding of the healthy and adaptive aspects of the process as it manifests itself within each client. The book introduces various theories of bereavement and examines different therapeutic modalities that can be used in the context of grief and loss. Specific counselling practices that facilitate successful interventions are discussed, particularly that of ‘presence,’ considered by the authors to be the primary therapeutic stance when working with bereaved individuals. The text also addresses grief counselling with special populations, ethical issues, and self-care concerns for counsellors. Case studies, discussion and reflection questions, and suggested additional resources are included in each chapter. New to the Second Edition: New insights on complicated grief, DSM categorizations of grief, resilience, and compassion-based approaches to death, loss, and grief A completely new chapter on the social context of loss, including social messaging, grieving rules, and workplace policies New case scenarios Addresses the unique aspects of grief after suicide and homicide Distinguishes grief/complicated grief from depression and trauma New information on the role and use of grief support groups New information on the use of social media and privacy issues Newly developed models of compassion-based response for counsellors Application of current neuroscience research to grief counselling Use of technology and online counselling. Key Features: Provides research-supported, practical guidance for grief counselling and support Regards grief therapy as a unique form of counselling based on grief as an adaptive response rather than as a form of pathology Written by two internationally recognized leaders in the field Focuses on the importance of ‘presence, as the most important therapeutic foundation for working with bereaved individuals Includes questions for reflection and glossary of terms.

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Insight qld Webinars AND Workshops

There are none schduled for May but a Webinar archive is available.

School based, culturally inclusive alcohol and other drug prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

Live webinar. Tuesday May 5th 11am AEST

This webinar is for school staff and parents who are interested in learning about effective alcohol and other drug prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. The webinar will provide an overview of the Strong & Deadly Futures program, which was developed in partnership with schools, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and leading experts in Aboriginal health and wellbeing promotion.

Computerized prevention programs delivered in secondary schools have been found to be effective for non-Indigenous students in Australia and internationally. These approaches hold promise for Aboriginal youth given their high rates of technology use and the potential for wide reach and sustainability. The Strong & Deadly Futures program is a computerised wellbeing and alcohol and other drug prevention program that was developed to be culturally-inclusive and incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural strengths. This webinar will overview the program and development process, and provide information for schools and communities about how to get involved, access the program and give feedback to inform the next phase of development.

Online Suicide Prevention Summit

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. As a mental health professional, you are the frontline of defence, and you will be required to work with suicidality.The purpose of the Summit is to equip practicing mental health professionals in Australia with the most up-to-date, advanced knowledge and treatment options for suicide prevention.

Over 2 days, May 16 & 17, you’ll have free access to all Summit sessions, live online. You will then have on-demand streaming access for an additional three weeks, from May 18 to June 7.

Understanding caffeine cravings


The US-based National Public Radio has published a podcast episode titled “Michael Pollan explains caffeine cravings (and why you don’t have to quit).” Author Michael Pollan has published a book titled “Caffeine” which looks at the impact of tea and coffee on the modern world, as well as the science of caffeine dependence. Pollan gives up caffeine for three months, and talks about what it felt like – his lack of focus, feeling under the weather and feeling a loss of confidence.  This was offset though with improvements in sleep, and a gradual decline in negative withdrawal symptoms over time

Deaths due to new psychoactive stimulants

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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s (NDARC) Professor Shane Darke presented a seminar titled “Deaths due to new psychoactive stimulants” which is now available to watch online. The presentation covers a wide range of new psychoactive substances such as synthetic cathinones and hallucinogens like the NBOMe-type substances. The presentation looks at mortality in Australia related to these substances, and includes new data on the characteristics of the fatalities, the circumstances of death and toxicology.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders PHC experiences, speaking about substance use and depression

This webinar was hosted by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre and presented by Dr. Sara Farnbach from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at University in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW).

In this webinar, Dr. Farnbach discusses:

  • concerns primary healthcare workers may have speaking about depression and mood with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • explores the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of depression
  • presents the findings from a national research project and the Getting it Right Study.

This seminar will provide information for healthcare workers who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and researchers working in the areas of depression and wellbeing.

The recording runs for approximately 37 minutes

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