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, click the Sign Up button below

image - Mental Health and Substance Use Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

 

Access on Demand

Watch the webinar 

Download the handout 

 

 

 

 

How to support families and friends with a loved one using methamphetamine. An introduction to the Checkmate support package

image - Older Man And Woman Hands For Twitter
Sep 04, 2017 at 1:00 PM AEST.

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

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

• Exploring sources of support for self and loved one

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

Image result for register here button

What can parents do to prevent teenage substance use?

image - Louise Dana Webinar
Thursday 25th May 2017, 11am AEST

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

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the important role parents can play in preventing adolescent substance use, and introduce a new online parenting program.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Increased awareness of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among young people in Australia

·         Increased understanding of the role parents can play in influencing their adolescents’ substance use

·         Increased knowledge about effective approaches for preventing drug and alcohol use harms among young people.

 

Access on demand:

Watch the webinar

Download the handout

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

image - Comorbidity Guidelines
Thursday 27th April 2017, 11am

image - What can parents do to prevent teenage substance use?

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.

 

Access on demand:

Watch the webinar

Download the handout

Personality-targeted interventions for prevention: the Preventure program

image - Preventure
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 3:30pm AEST

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

This webinar will provide attendees with information about personality targeted drug prevention in schools and introduce attendees to the Preventure program.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Overview of the evidence-base behind brief, coping skills interventions for adolescents targeting personality risk factors

·         Increased understanding of personality risk markers for substance use and mental health problems in adolescence

·         Orientation to targeted school-based prevention including information about implementing the Preventure program in Australia.

 

Access on demand:

Watch the webinar

Download the handout

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

image - Positive Choices 0
15/06/2016

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

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:

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

 

Access on Demand:

Watch the webinar

Download the handout

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

image - Slade 2016
May 26, 2016: 2pm AEDT

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

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:

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

 

Access on Demand:

 

The use of behavioural activation therapy for depression among substance users

image - Image002
Friday 16th December 2016, 10am

image - Behavioural activation for the treatment of depression among substance users

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of behavioural activation (BA) therapy for depression, and review the current evidence base for this approach. BA is designed to improve mood by increasing the client’s engagement in rewarding activities and reducing avoidance behaviours.  Importantly, it has the advantage of being more time efficient and less complex than other treatments for depression. The clinical application of BA and trouble-shooting techniques will be discussed, with a particular focus on substance users.

 

This webinar will lead to:

1. Knowledge of what behavioural activation therapy for depression is;

2. An understanding of the clinical application of behavioural activation therapy; and

3. An appreciation of how behavioural activation can be used in substance using populations.

 

Access on demand:

Watch the webinar

Download the handout

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

image - Image005
Aug 18, 2016: 12pm AEDT

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

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:

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

 

Access on demand:

 

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

image - 2961565820 3d59b7bdfb Z
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 3:00 PM

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

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.

 

Access on demand:

 

 

 

 

Pages