Mental Health and Substance Use Webinars

image - Postgraduate TrainingLearn about the latest research into mental health and substance use disorders and discover the range of resources that are available to support the prevention and treatment of co-occuring disorders.

Presented by the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, these webinars are for clinicians, allied health professionals, teachers, consumers, carers, and anyone with an interest in issues related to mental health and substance use.

To receive updates about our upcoming webinars, sign up here.  Our previous webinars are all available on demand through our Vimeo Channel.

Download the 2016 webinar schedule flyer. 

For any other enquires about the webinar series, including suggestions for future topics or to nominate a potential guest speaker, please don't hesitate to get in contact with Dr Lexine Stapinski

Assessing with efficiency: Advances in the measurement of mental and substance use disorders

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Aug 18, 2016: 12pm AEDT

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Assessment in the field of mental health and substance use plays a critical role in clinical and research settings. Instruments that purport to measure mental and substance use disorders need to accurately represent how these disorders occur in nature (i.e. possess good validity), generate scores using as few items as possible (i.e. reduce respondent burden), and facilitate the communication of results in a standardised way (i.e. clinical utility). Recent advances in modern psychometrics, particularly item response theory and computerised testing have unlocked the possibility of creating tests that measure mental and substance use disorders in a more valid, highly efficient, and useful way. This webinar will summarise new approaches to the measurement of mental and substance use disorders, describe how tests can be developed and administered adaptively to maximise precision while minimising response burden, and discuss new ways that scores on different scales and screening instruments of mental and substance use disorders can be standardised using common metrics. It will be particularly relevant to researchers and service providers who regularly assess and monitor disorder severity using self-report scales. 

 

This webinar will lead to: 

  • Learn about theories of measurement that describe mental and substance use disorders as broad dimensions
  • Learn about new computerised adaptive approaches that assess a comprehensive range of psychopathology in a highly efficient way
  • Learn about the latest developments in standardising assessments in mental health and substance use

 

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The maturing adolescent brain: Implications for the prevention of drug and alcohol problems

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Thu, Sep 1, 2016 3:00 PM

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This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the major changes occurring in the adolescent brain and provide an overview of the implications these changes have for the prevention of drug and alcohol problems. We know that up until the age of 24 the adolescent brain is under heavy construction. Whilst these changes lead to a more efficient, fully developed “adult” brain, there’s also evidence to suggest that these relatively late maturation processes also mean that adolescence is a particularly critical period of vulnerability for addiction. In addition, we also know that alcohol and/or drug use can disrupt the normal development of the adolescent brain which has further implications for the misuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as the development of other mental illnesses. These neuroscientific insights into the adolescent brain suggest novel ways for preventing and treating problematic alcohol and/or drug use which will be discussed in detail. 

This webinar will lead to: 
1. Knowledge of the maturational processes occurring in the adolescent brain; 
2. An understanding of the effects that drug and alcohol use have on these normal developmental processes; and 
3. Knowledge of novel ways of treating and preventing problematic alcohol and/or drug use that are informed by these neuroscientific advances. 

 

Photo credit to Dierk Schaefer.

 

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Behavioural activation for the treatment of depression among substance users

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November, 2016

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Lesson planning with Positive Choices: How to engage your students with evidence-based drug education

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15/06/2016

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This webinar is part of the new Positive Choices webinar series, developed by CREMS researchers specifically for parents, teachers, school leaders, and anyone working with young people.

 

This session will be particularly suitable for PDHPE teachers, but also relevant to principals, school counsellors or anyone working in a school community who would like information about online, evidence-based drug education and prevention. The webinar will introduce attendees to the Positive Choices drug education portal which houses a range of engaging learning resources that align with Australian Health and Physical Education curriculum requirements. The interactive session will provide an overview of what’s available in terms of school-based drug prevention, with a focus on evidence-based materials proven to improve student’s learning outcomes and wellbeing. Attendees will be shown how to use the portal to their advantage and will be provided with support in lesson planning and guidance about how to access and evaluate evidence-based resources that are engaging for young people. 

This webinar will lead to: 

  • Awareness of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among young people and effective school-based prevention approaches; 
  • Orientation to a range of resources with the potential to engage all students despite their individual learning styles and requirements; 
  • Understanding of how to use the portal to plan lessons online according to Australian curriculum requirements.

 

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Friendship networks in adolescence: How do they evolve and how do they influence mental health and substance use?

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May 26, 2016: 2pm AEDT

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Peers play an influential role in the health behaviour choices of adolescents. It has long been known that adolescents whose peers drink alcohol or use illicit drugs report higher levels of alcohol or illicit drug use themselves compared to adolescents whose peers do not drink or use illicit drugs. Yet how this relationship originates and how friendship and alcohol and drug use behaviours co-evolve over time is less well understood. It has also been suggested that mental health problems such as depression can spread through adolescent friendship networks. This webinar will summarise the latest research around the impact of friendship networks on the emotional health and drug and alcohol use of adolescents. It will be particularly relevant to those who work with adolescents such as teachers, parents, principals, counsellors and other adolescent-focussed professionals.

 

This webinar will lead to:

  • Learn about theories that explain the influence of peers on adolescent mental health and substance use
  • Learn about social network analysis as a methodology to understand the dynamic relationship between friendship and health over time
  • Learn about the latest social network research in the area of adolescent mental health and substance use

 

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Exploring predictors and patterns of long-term mental health and heroin dependence

Exploring predictors and patterns of long-term mental health and heroin dependence
Available on demand

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Heroin dependence is a chronic and in many cases, lifelong condition, associated with co-occurring mental health conditions. This webinar presents major findings on the long term patterns and predictors of heroin use, treatment, and mental health over 11-years. It will include a discussion about the implications for mental health and AOD treatment, as well as future directions in research. This webinar may be of interest to those who work in mental health or AOD treatment settings, or who work with people with comorbidity. 

 

This webinar will lead to:

  • Learn about long-term predictors and patterns of co-occurring mental health and heroin use in Australia
  • Explore how these patterns have changed over time
  • Discuss the implications for mental health and AOD treatment
 

Using eHealth to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in youth

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By Dr Mark Deady

Depression and problematic alcohol use represent two of the major causes of disease burden in young adults. These conditions frequently co-occur and this co-occurrence is associated with increased harms and poorer outcomes than either disorder in isolation. Integrated treatments have been shown to be effective, however, there remains a significant gap between those in need of treatment and those receiving it. The increased availability of eHealth programs presents a unique opportunity to treat these conditions.

This webinar presents some of the current work being trialled using eHealth to treat comorbid depression and substance use, especially among young people. This webinar would suit those who work with comorbidity, especially among young people, and are interested in evidence-based online treatment interventions.

This webinar will lead to:

  • Improved understanding of co-occurring depression and alcohol use among young people
  • Knowledge about emerging integrated eHealth tools in this area
  • Access to program resources, and factsheets and access to program when it becomes available

 

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Locating free resources to support evidence-based practice

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Evidence-based practice for mental disorders may be challenging to implement – resources can be difficult to locate, expensive to access or difficult to compare. Join us for an overview of online resources to support evidence-based mental health care. The resources discussed are freely available online; and will range from basic principles of evidence-based practice all the way through to freely available worksheets and handouts. This webinar is primarily directed towards psychological interventions.

This webinar will lead to:

  • Learn about the basic principles of evidence-based practice, and where to locate tools to support evidence-based decision making
  • Locate resources to identify empirically-supported psychological interventions
  • Learn how e-therapies can support your practice
  • Locate guidelines and resources for managing co-occurring mental disorders
  • Share in discussions about where to locate free worksheets and handouts associated with empirically supported treatments for common mental disorders

 

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Drug and alcohol use among young people. What can parents and schools do to prevent the harms?

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Available on Demand

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Every year, one in four Australian teenagers puts themselves at risk of harm through drug and alcohol use. Research at CREMS shows that these harms can be reduced by school-based prevention programs. 

This webinar presents the latest research findings on drug and alcohol use among Australian teenagers. It will review research evidence showing which strategies effectively prevent harm from drug and alcohol use. Attendees will be provided with access to practical tools and resources that are proven to reduce harm. This webinar would suit teachers, parents, principals, counsellors and other professionals working with young people.

This webinar will lead to:

  • Improved understanding of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among Australian young peopl

  • Knowledge about strategies that are effective in preventing drug and alcohol harms

  • Access to free resources, factsheets, and curriculum based programs proven to reduce alcohol/drug-related harms

 

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Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders: how do they affect young people?

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Did you know that...?

  • Co-occurring anxiety, depression and substance use disorders are among the leading causes of burden among people ages 15-24
  • There are some important differences among girls and boys in terms of which disorders co-occur and which set of problems develops first
  • Around the world, girls are catching up to boys in terms of alcohol and cannabis use
 
This webinar will present an update on research into co-occurring mental and substance use disorders among young people in Australia. It will ask: how many young people experience co-occurring mental and substance use disorders? What is the impact? And what are the implications for research, prevention and treatment? It will include a discussion of some recent trends in drug and alcohol use among young Australians, changing gender patterns across the world, and will raise some questions for future directions in research and prevention of mental and substance use disorders. This webinar will draw on the latest research to provide a big picture view of the changing landscape of mental and substance use disorders in Australia and what it means for young people. 
 

This webinar will lead to:

  • 1. Learn about patterns of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders among young people in Australia
  • 2. Explore how these patterns are changing
  • 3. Discuss the implications for research, prevention and treatment

 

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