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The Basics: Working with Substance Use and Addiction

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Indooroopilly, Queensland 4068

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This workshop is a one-day workshop, designed for professionals who want to know more about how to work effectively with clients experiencing difficulties with substance use or addiction. The emphasis in this workshop is on providing attendees with clinical pearls of wisdom garnered from 10+ years of working with this population, as well as practical skills participants can implement as soon as they return to work with their clients.


The treatment of substance use and addiction is based on an ever-evolving body of knowledge. For those working in mental health or the justice system, it is likely that clients with substance use difficulties are the norm, not the exception. Having skills for working with these clients is therefore crucial. The most up-to-date conceptualisation of substance and behavioural addictions is that they exist on a continuum, and matching interventions to each client’s place on the continuum enhances the likelihood of effectiveness. Knowing how to do this is crucial for everyone in the helping professions.


Working with this cohort of clients can also be challenging at times. Working with clients using the “why here, why now?” approach, coupled with a good therapeutic alliance and keeping the door open, help to minimise resistance and enhance engagement. This workshop will help participants develop these core skills and feel confident in applying them once they walk out of the door.


Workshop content is delivered in lecture format, as well as some small group discussion and skills practice.


Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how substance use and addiction exist on a continuum, including behavioural addictions.
  2. Describe recent trends in licit and illicit substance use in Australia.
  3. Conceptualise each individual client’s presentation using “why here, why now?”.
  4. Assess each client’s position on the continuum, and match interventions accordingly for optimal effectiveness.
  5. Understand the importance of the therapeutic alliance, and how to develop a good one.
  6. “Keep the door open” to enhance client engagement.

FAQs

Does this workshop attract CPD hours?

Yes, it attracts 7 hours. These can be used towards CPD requirements for your profession.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the workshop?

The venue is easily accessible by car, and there is free onsite car parking available. It is a short walk from Indooroopilly train station.

What should I bring into the workshop?

It is a good idea to bring a pen and a notebook to take notes. Handouts will be provided.

Is catering provided?

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all day tea/coffee/juice are provided, so you do not need to bring any food. Please let us know about any special dietary requirements upon registration.

Can I contact Middle Path Professional Development with any questions?

You can contact Melissa on 0408 468 364 or at melissakentpsychology@gmail.com with any queries.


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