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

Post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use: Promising new treatments for adults and adolescents

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Thursday 10th May 2018: 10.00AM AEDT

Up to two-thirds of Australians entering treatment for their substance use have co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals who present with these conditions typically present with a more severe clinical profile and demonstrate poorer treatment outcomes in relation to physical health, mental health and psychosocial functioning. There are however, reasons for optimism. This presentation will give an overview of the evidence regarding treatment options available for this comorbidity among adults and promising new early interventions for adolescents.  

 

This webinar will lead to:

  • An understanding of the complex relationship between comorbid PTSD and substance use
  • Awareness of effective treatment options available for this comorbidity
  • Introduction to an integrated therapy for co-occurring PTSD and substance use in adolescents

 

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Psychosis and other mental health effects of ice

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Monday, July 9th 2018 12pm – 1pm AEST

Presenter: Dr Rebecca McKetin

 

This webinar will explore the mental health effects of methamphetamine (including “ice”), with a particular focus on methamphetamine psychosis – what it is, how common it is, the risk factors and how it differs from schizophrenia.

This webinar will be relevant to health professionals, families and friends of people using ice, teachers, and general community members.

 

Participation in this webinar will lead to:

  •          an increased understanding of the mental health effects of methamphetamine
  •          an increased knowledge of methamphetamine psychosis.

 

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Tackling stigma in a 2018 environment

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Monday, 19 March 2018 12.00pm to1.00pm AEDT

 

This webinar will explore Jack Nagle's personal story and experiences of the drug ice. He will talk about his story, explore what it's like being a young person and how to reach young people effectively in 2018. 

 

Jack is extremely passionate about using the destruction of his past as his greatest asset to give the hope of freedom to people suffering with addiction, and educating the community with the sometimes confronting and shattering reality of addiction. Working at the coal face of addiction treatment with various leading addiction treatment centers in Australia, appearing on national television, regularly commenting in broadcast media and print, working with government and being in and around addiction for over a decade, he has positively impacted thousands of lives. Jack has an abundance of knowledge both personally and professionally about substances, addiction and how to turn a chaotic nightmare into a fulfilling dream. 

 

Participation in this webinar will lead to: 

  • an increased understanding of the experiences of people who use ice 

  • understanding of the stigma associated with drug use and barriers to help seeking 

  • strategies to engage and support young people who may be using drugs, including ice 

 

Webinar Speaker: 

Jack Nagle

 

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Effective drug prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: what do we know and what can we do better?

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Tues 13th March at 4pm AEDT.

 

This webinar is for teachers, parents and others who are seeking information about effective substance use prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Like all young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers are at risk of drug and alcohol use and related harms. There are unique contexts and factors relating to drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth that require prevention programs to be tailored to be culturally appropriate. This webinar will explore what individual, relationship, community, societal and cultural factors are contributing to and protecting against drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. It will provide attendees with an overview of the current evidence of what programs and program elements are effective in addressing these factors and preventing drug use and it will introduce an innovative computerised school-based prevention program that is being developed to be culturally inclusive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

 

This seminar will lead to:
• Understanding what can contribute to or protect against alcohol and drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
• Improved knowledge about the elements that make drug prevention effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
• Introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources on Positive Choices and the development of a new resource for schools

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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