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.

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Our previous webinars are all available on demand through our Vimeo Channel.

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

Effects of ice on the brain and body, and implications for responding

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Thursday 16th November, 11:00am AEDT

 

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This webinar will explain in plain language the effects of methamphetamine (including ice) on the brain and body and the resulting impacts on functioning. This understanding will assist participants to adapt and develop more effective strategies to respond to people who use methamphetamine.

Learning objectives

  • increased understanding of the effects of methamphetamine on the brain and body
  • increased awareness of how these effects can impact functioning, including treatment presentations
  • knowledge that will help adapt and develop more effective policy and practice responses to people who use methamphetamine

 

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Co-occurring substance use and mental disorders: Implications for managing and delivering best-practice health care

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24 October 2017, 7:00 - 8:00pm AEST

This webinar will provide a basic introduction to comorbidity (i.e., prevalence, presentation, why it is of clinical concern), highlighting the importance of identifying comorbidity, management and treatment.

Key learning outcomes:

· Understanding of what is comorbidity, why it occurs, and why it is concerning;

· Improved awareness of how to access a range of evidence-based options for identifying, managing and treating mental health symptoms within a holistic health care approach;

· Understanding of a coordinated approach to managing comorbidity, and how to involve multiple services to deliver coordinated care.

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Identifying mental disorders and related conditions among patients with alcohol and other drug conditions

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7 November 2017, 7:00 - 8:00pm AEST

This webinar will focus on screening and assessment to identify mental health conditions, also highlighting the importance of conducting broader needs assessments in terms of other health, medical and welfare issues that may be faced by the patient/client. It will include discussion of both structured and unstructured assessment techniques, issues relating to the timing of assessments, differences between substance-induced and independent mental disorders, and the importance of engaging with other service types/providers to meet various patient/client needs.

Key learning outcomes:

· Improved understanding of how, when and why to conduct assessments, and awareness of structured and unstructured assessment techniques;

· Understanding of the difference between substance-induced and independent mental health disorders;

· Understanding of a coordinated approach to managing comorbidity, and how to involve multiple services to deliver coordinated care.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Managing and treating co-occurring mental and substance use disorders

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21 November 2017, 7:00 - 8:00pm AEST

This webinar will provide an overview of current treatment approaches, and discuss the need for a holistic and collaborative approach, managing a broad range of lifestyle factors that contribute to comorbidity. The main approaches in addressing comorbidity will be discussed, including care pathways, specific treatment types and the evidence regarding their effectiveness, issues related to medication compliance and interaction effects, as well as referral to appropriate services.

Key learning outcomes:

Improved understanding of current approaches for managing and treating comorbidity, involving other services;

Understanding of the need to address lifestyle factors and work within a holistic health approach;

Improved understanding of referral pathways and techniques to facilitate referrals.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Managing the physical health of people with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders

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5 December 2017, 7:00 - 8:00pm AEST

This webinar will provide a basic overview of comorbidity, including an introduction to physical health. Behavioural risk factors, metabolic syndrome, and medication interactions will be discussed, in addition to consideration of the reluctance of some health care providers to address behavioural risk factors. Barriers to behavioural change, strategies to increase motivation, and collaborating and engaging with external services will be discussed.

Key learning outcomes:

Improved understanding of behavioural risk factors and metabolic syndrome among people with comorbidity;

• Understanding of ways to overcome patient and practitioner barriers to address physical health and lifestyle factors;

• Improved understanding of the need for collaboration and techniques to facilitate coordinated care.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The link between anxiety and alcohol use: Implications for treatment and early intervention

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT

Anxiety and alcohol use disorders commonly co-occur, with one in every three people with an alcohol use disorder also meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder. Co-morbid anxiety and alcohol use disorder presentations are typically more severe, and less responsive to standard treatment approaches. If left untreated, anxiety and alcohol use can fuel each other in a cyclical relationship whereby each serves to maintain and exacerbate the other. This presentation will provide an overview of current evidence on the relationship between anxiety and alcohol use disorders, and psychological management of these co-occurring disorders. 

This webinar will lead to:: 
• Understanding of typical patterns and issues relevant to the management of anxiety and alcohol use disorder co-morbidity; 
• Awareness of developmental pathways, and strategies for preventing alcohol use disorders among anxious young people; 
• Introduction to an integrated CBT approach to improve treatment outcomes for co-occurring anxiety and alcohol use disorders.

How to support families and friends with a loved one using methamphetamine.

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Sep 04, 2017 at 1:00 PM AEST.

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Ice (“crystal methamphetamine”) use not only affects people using the drug, but also has an adverse impact on their family, friends, and their community.

This webinar describes the challenges faced by families and friends of those struggling with addiction and introduces an online support program for families and friends of addicted loved ones which integrates the 5‐Step model (SAFE), developed by Professor Richard Velleman in the UK.

Key benefits from participating in this webinar include:

• Strategies to cope with and respond to a loved one using methamphetamine,

• Awareness of a novel online support package

• Exploring sources of support for self and loved one

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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How to talk with teenagers about alcohol use

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Thursday 21st September

Webinar - How to talk with teenagers about alcohol use

 

Prof Steve Allsop

Thursday 21st September, 12 – 1pm AEST

Summary:

Are you unsure how to start a conversation about alcohol use with teenagers? Or have questions about the most effective way to handle this topic? Informed by the latest research on prevention strategies, this webinar will provide practical advice that will be valuable for parents, school staff and others working with teenagers.

 The webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of effective strategies for preventing teenage alcohol use;
  • Discuss effective ways to approach conversations about alcohol among young people;
  • Provide suggestions for navigating common challenges;
  • Provide the opportunity to ask your own questions.

 

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Where can I find trusted evidence-based information about the drug ice? Cracks in the Ice virtual tour.

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Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST.

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This webinar will provide attendees with information on recent trends in use of the drug ice in Australia, and introduces a new online toolkit providing evidence-based information for the Australian community. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the Cracks in the Ice online toolkit was developed with input from community members and researchers across Australia. It includes information for health professionals, families and friends of people using ice, teachers, and general community members.

Expected benefits of participating in this webinar include:

• Increased awareness of changing patterns of ice use in Australia

• Increased understanding of the role community members and health professionals can play in becoming more informed about the drug ice

• Increased knowledge about where to access evidence-based information, resources and support related to ice

 

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National Comorbidity Guidelines: An evidence-based resource for drug and alcohol workers

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Thursday 27th April 2017, 11am

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The high prevalence of comorbidity means that alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers are frequently faced with the need to manage complex psychiatric symptoms that may interfere with their ability to treat clients’ AOD use. To assist AOD workers manage the significant challenge of treating clients with co-occurring mental health conditions, in 2014, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of the “Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition)”

The Guidelines aim to increase knowledge and awareness of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings, improve confidence and skills of AOD workers, increase uptake of evidence-based care, and ultimately, improve outcomes for people with comorbid mental health conditions.

 

This webinar may be of particular interest to anyone working in an AOD setting in a clinical capacity, as well as university or TAFE students studying courses in mental health or AOD, but may also be of interest to those working in the mental health sector or the health sector more broadly.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Understanding of what is comorbidity, why it occurs, and why it is concerning;

·         Improved awareness of how to access a range of evidence-based options for identifying, managing and treating mental health symptoms within a holistic health care approach;

·         Understanding of a coordinated approach to managing comorbidity, and how to involve multiple services to deliver coordinated care;

·         Awareness of the online training program for AOD workers.

 

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