Thursday, 27 March 2014

DSM V online access trial

As we prepare to start a new round of purchasing there is certainly one item that has been requested above all others...

Given the spread of requests across offices, and the demand in the busier offices we're considering purchasing online access.  This will be a significant purchase by the library.  Unlike an individual purchasing an eBook, libraries pay significantly more (30-100 times more) to deliver access to multiple people simultaneously.

We are beginning our access to the DSM V on a one month trial basis to assess whether this item should be purchased. Our access has been arranged by supplying IP addresses for the organisations' servers, because of this you will need to use a computer in your office.  Every office should have access.  Please make sure it works by visiting and without logging in you should see at the top right column, "Your access is provided courtesy of Healthy Options Australia." If this is not the case, please let the library know. We have a limited package now for the trial, which includes DSM V (full package details below).  The DSM V is set out across a series of webpages, not as an eBook per se. 

The decision whether to purchase this costly item for the library will be based on your usage and feedback over the next month. You can provide feedback in the comments here, or email

If we purchase a full package online access will include:

Reference books

  • DSM V
  • DSM V
  • DSM-5™ Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • DSM-5™ Clinical Cases
  • American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines in both comprehensive and quick-reference formats
  • Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Seventh Edition
  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Fifth Edition, with its companion study guide, Self- Assessment in Psychiatry
  • Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments
  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, Fourth Edition, with its companion study guide, Self-Assessment in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fourth Edition
  • Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, Second Edition
  • Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with its companion study guide, Self-Assessment in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, Fourth Edition, with its companion study guide, Self-Assessment in Psychopharmacology
  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, with its companion study guide, Self-Assessment in Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Helping Parents, Youth, and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Resource Book of Medication Information Handouts
  • What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications



  • The American Journal of Psychiatry*
  • Psychiatric Services*
  • Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences*
  • Psychiatric News – The Official Newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association

*1997 - present

Please note that this item is available for staff and volunteers of the Healthy Options organisations only.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

New factsheet - best practice for working with CALD clients

Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC) have just released an easy to read ten strategy factsheet on best practice approaches to working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients.

The factsheet also lists some great websites for getting multilingual resources for clients. 

Included in the list of external resources is Mental Health in Multicultural Australia who also have a good Knowledge Exchange section for professional reading.  They've outlined a framework for mental health in multicultural Australia, which they've spread out over an entire website.  It is relatively easy to navigate, particularly if you scroll straight to the bottom of the homepage and select "I am a service manager" or "I am a worker/clinician".  Once viewing the framework outcomes you can reflect on whether you (or your service) meets the requirements of an entry, developing, or advanced standard.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Journal club follow-up - Counselling Transgender Clients

I presented journal club this month.  My article choice was based on a discussion with Lizzie Bayliss who heads up the Improved Services Initiative (ISI) project.  Lizzie's project is all about capacity building in the organisation, particularly increasing capacity to work with clients from a range of backgrounds.
From that discussion the following article was chosen:

O’Hara, C., Dispenza, F., Brack, G., & Blood, R. A. (2013). The Preparedness of Counselors in Training to Work with Transgender Clients: A Mixed Methods Investigation. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7(3), 236-256.
Accessed at:

If you would like a copy with my annotations (my scrawled notes), please email me  I also have a copy of the LGB tool that was modified for the study to measure attitudes, knowledge and skill working with transgender clients.

These additional resources for working with transgender clients may be of interest:

This first one is the one I mentioned during the session:
American Counseling Association's Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients (2010) Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4 (3), 135-159
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities Inc. (2008) Supporting sex and gender diverse (trans) clients: Providing respectful and inclusive services to transsexual, transgender, genderqueer and sistergirl clients

Centre of Excellence for Transgender Health: Transgender Health Learning Centre

Thanks to those who attended journal club yesterday!  The attendance was great and really fabulous to have some volunteers attend too.

If you have other resources that may be useful for supporting transgender clients be sure to share them with your colleagues in the comments. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

New DrinkWise commercials promote "proper" drinking

You may have seen an earlier post about an ad campaign in New Zealand that was a bit "outside the box" in terms of drug and alcohol awareness.  Another campaign has been launched recently that might also be described as falling outside of the usual.

If you haven't come across it yet, DrinkWise - a not-for-profit organisation established by the alcohol industry to promote safer and healthier drinking behaviours - has launched an online campaign to promote "classy" drinking.  The adverts aim to draw a distinction between what is appropriate drinking behaviour and what is not.

The target group for the ads is young adults and the clips are currently circulating through social media.

There has been an uproar from professionals in the area, as well as less informed commentators.  You can see some of the back lash here:

DrinkWise's cynical campaign shouldn't fool anyone - Adrian Carter (NHMRC Research Fellow at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research)  & Wayne Hall (Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland). The Conversation.

Expert condemns 'appalling' DrinkWise campaign - Amanda Hoh & Megan Levy, quoting Professor Mike Daube, the director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.  Sydney Morning Herald.

Susie O'Brien: If the new DrinkWise ad is supposed to promote safe drinking it's sadly missing a sober mark. Herald Sun.

Somewhat predictably, less informed commentators are calling for more "scare them straight" tactics.  Evidence suggests that these scare campaigns don't work.  Will the DrinkWise campaign be effective, or will it do what some fear and promote drinking?   

Before proceeding please note: these items contain coarse language that may offend.
The website with ads is locate here: