News Professional development blog September 2020!

Professional development blog September 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 database

Pennington, C. R., Shaw, D. J., Adams, J., Kavanagh, P., Reed, H., Robinson, M., … & White, H. (2020). Where’s the wine? Heavy social drinkers show attentional bias towards alcohol in a visual conjunction search task. Addiction.

Raninen, J., & Livingston, M. (2020). The theory of collectivity of drinking cultures: how alcohol became everyone’s problem. Addiction.

Scott, C. K., Dennis, M. L., Johnson, K. A., & Grella, C. E. (2020). A randomized clinical trial of smartphone self-managed recovery support services. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 108089.

Stover, A. N., Rockett, I. R., Smith, G. S., LeMasters, T., Scott, V. G., Kelly, K. M., & Winstanley, E. L. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of safety screening among patients receiving addiction treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 108092.

Steel, L., & Heritage, B. (2020). Inter‐cultural contexts: Exploring the experience of indigenous employees in mainstream Australian organisations. Australian Journal of Psychology.

Webb, S. N., Kavanagh, P. S., & Chonody, J. M. (2020). Attitudes toward same‐sex family rights: Education facilitating progressive attitude change. Australian Journal of Psychology.

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Open access

Banfield, M., Morse, A. R., & Gulliver, A. (2020). Contextual influences on the impact of a peer worker-led self-stigma program for people with mental health issues: protocol for an interventional implementation science study. Implementation Science Communications1(1).

Mewton, L., Shaw, B., Slade, T., Birrell, L., Newton, N. C., Chapman, C., … & Teesson, M. (2020). The comorbidity between alcohol use and internalising psychopathology in early adolescence. Mental Health & Prevention17.

Newton, N. C., Chapman, C., Slade, T., Birrell, L., Healy, A., Mather, M., … & Andrews, G. (2020). AA national effectiveness trial of an eHealth program to prevent alcohol and cannabis misuse: responding to the replication crisisPsychological Medicine.

Peters, I., Handley, T., Oakley, K., Lutkin, S., & Perkins, D. (2019). SSocial determinants of psychological wellness for children and adolescents in rural NSWBMC Public Health19(1).

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

New resources

E-Book of the month

Buried in TREASUREs

Buried in treasures cover

While most people find it relatively easy to manage their possessions, some find it extremely difficult. If you have a problem resisting the urge to acquire and you find your home cluttered and filled to capacity with items many people would find useless and unnecessary, you may suffer from a condition known as hoarding disorder. Hoarding is a behavioral problem consisting of clutter, difficulty discarding items, and excessive buying or acquiring. Hoarding is often associated with significant reduction in quality of life, and in extreme cases, it can pose serious health risks. If you or a loved one has hoarding disorder, this book can help. This fully updated Second Edition of Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically based, effective program for helping those with hoarding disorder dig their way out of the clutter and chaos of their homes. Written by scientists and practitioners who are leaders in studying and treating hoarding disorder, this book outlines a program of skill-building, learning to think about possessions in a different way, and gradual challenges to help people manage their clutter and their lives. It also provides useful information for family and friends of people who hoard, as they struggle to understand and help. Discover the reasons for your problems with acquiring, saving, and hoarding, and learn new ways of thinking about your possessions so you can decide what you really need and what you can do without. Learn to identify the’bad guys’that cause and maintain your hoarding behavior and meet the’good guys’who can help motivate you and put you on the path to change. Useful self-assessments will help you determine the severity of your problem. Training exercises, case examples, organizing tips, and motivation boosters help change the way you think and behave toward your possessions. This book provides easy-to-understand strategies and techniques that anyone can use. (EBSCO)

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