For Professionals

From our rich epidemiological data, we know that comorbidity is so common in the general population that intervention needs to be available in everyday practice.

We are committed to generating knowledge that improves health outcomes in settings where at risk individuals present for treatment. We have developed resources for professionals working in fields that play a key role in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. These resources will be useful for professionals from a range of backgrounds, from primary school teachers to experienced drug and alcohol workers and clinicians. 

 
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Shade is a 10 week program for reducing drinking and helping with depression. Shade uses cognitive behaviour therapy control their substance use, alcohol use and mood. Our research shows that SHADE can help you reduce your drinking and improve your mood.

For further information on the SHADE proram contact Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin

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Developed in 2009, these training materials have been developed to support training on using the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings" (hereafter referred to as the Guidelines) within services. The aim of the Training Package is to provide clinical educators, team leaders and other suitably qualified personnel to deliver training on the Guidelines within the workplace. It is hoped that by delivering targeted, workplace based training on the information within the Guidelines, AOD and related professionals will significantly improve their knowledge, skills and confidence when working with clients with co-occurring AOD and mental health concerns.

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Climate Schools provides health education courses which aim to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. This knowledge will assist them in making positive and informed choices. The courses, known as modules, are based on realistic cartoon scenarios about teenagers and are designed to impart education about the use of alcohol and others drugs, the responsible consumption of alcohol, and ways to reduce alcohol and drug related harms.

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Co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol problems occur frequently in primary care and clinical settings. Despite this, health professionals rarely receive training in how to detect, assess and formulate interventions for co-existing problems and few clinical guidelines exist. Published in 2007, this Handbook provides an exciting and highly useful addition to this area. Leading clinicians from the UK, the US and Australia provide practical descriptions of assessments and interventions for co-existing problems. These will enable professionals working with co-existing problems to understand best practice and ensure that people with co-existing problems receive optimal treatment. A range of overarching approaches are covered, including: working within a cognitive behavioural framework; provision of consultation-liaison services, training and supervision; individual, group and family interventions; and  working with rurally isolated populations.

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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre completed one of the first studies to examine the efficacy of an integrated exposure-based therapy for co-occurring substance use disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study lead to the development the Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Using Prolonged Exposure (COPE) Program, a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy program designed for patients who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a co-occurring alcohol or drug use disorder. COPE represents an integration of two evidence-based treatments: Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for PTSD and Relapse Prevention for substance use disorders.

COPE is an integrated treatment, meaning that both the PTSD and substance use disorder are addressed concurrently in therapy by the same clinician, and patients can experience substantial reductions in both PTSD symptoms and substance use severity. Patients use the COPE Patient Workbook while their clinician uses the Therapist Guide to deliver treatment. The Therapist Guide is designed for clinicians on the front-line in commuity-based settings, as well as academic, hospital, and private practice settings.

The Therapist Guide and Patient Workbook are now available. 

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Published in 2003, this mongraph provides a review of the evidence base and the discussion of the complex issues around comorbidity.

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Published in 2003, this treatment guide describes a four-session cognitive behavioural intervention for regular amohetamine users.

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This paper, by Prof Maree Teesson and other members of the CREMS, was commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Commission to inform the development of the Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW - "Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024".

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