Wednesday, 16 December 2015

January PD post

Find below some of the great PD opportunities available in January.  Comment or email the library if you have anything to add.

Write – presentations and papers

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Abstract submissions are now open for the Addiction 2016 conference. Oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops are available as presentation options.  Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.
Topics include:
  • Prevention & early intervention
  • Treatment approaches
  • Recovery
  • Research and policy
  • Working with vulnerable groups: Indigenous, youth, rural populations
  • Mental Health Impacts: decision making and drug use
  • Methamphetamine: Impact of ICE
  • Drug Addictions: trends and misuse
  • Custodial and forensic settings: programs and services
  • Addiction professional: support and training
  • Addictive disorders and attachment
  • Behavioural addictions: gaming, gambling, sex, online
Submissions due: 5th February, 2016

10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug policy
Abstract submissions are now open for the ISSDP conference.  Presentation options include oral presentations, panel sessions, and workshops.  Abstracts on all aspects of drug policy are welcome but there is particular interest on items addressing the conference themes. The conference themes this year include:
  • Harm reduction: old, new and emerging forms of harm reduction;
  • Drugs policy and its intersection with human rights and development;
  • Indigenous peoples and illicit drug policy;
  • Drug markets and policy responses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific;
  • Drug user groups and drug policy: the role of consumers and other stakeholders;
  • UNGASS 2016, and the international drug control system.
Submissions due: 15th January, 2016

No2Bullying conference
Abstract submissions are now open for the No2Bullying conference. Oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops are available as presentation options.  Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.
Conference streams include:
  • Schools
  • Workplace
  • Cyberbullying
  • Higher Education
  • Principle and Practice
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Lessons Learnt
  • Open
Submissions due: 18th January, 2016

Read – professional reading
Nambiar, D., Agius, P. A., Stoové, M., Hickman, M., & Dietze, P. (2015). Mortality in the Melbourne injecting drug user cohort study (MIX). Harm Reduction Journal, 12(1), 55.

Zinkiewicz, L., Smith, G., Burn, M., Litherland, S., Wells, S., Graham, K., and Miller, P. (2015) Aggression-related alcohol expectancies and barroom aggression among construction tradespeople. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Gomersall, J. S., Canuto, K., Aromataris, E., Braunack-Mayer, A. and Brown, A. (2015), Systematic review to inform prevention and management of chronic disease for Indigenous Australians: overview and priorities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)
This month’s journal club will be presented by the NSW team.  They will be looking at the use of nonviolent communication as an intervention, article to be confirmed.
When: Thursday, 28th January, TBC

January Seminar series (available to Healthy Options workers only)
In January we will have Dr Amy Mullens, Clinical and Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer from the University of Southern Queensland, presenting on getting the most out of peer and clinical supervision
When: Friday, 22nd January, 12.30pm (AEST)

Computer skills
Microsoft Office 2013 skills
Need to brush up on your Office skills? The following online courses offer free to access, self-paced modules.
Microsoft Word 2013 -
Microsoft Excel 2013 -
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 -
Internet skills
Get a few basics about Internet Explorer under your belt

Listen – podcasts, webinars

24th International Harm Reduction conference
Some of the key presentations from this year’s conference are now available online to view.  There are presentations from representatives around the world with discussions on international policy.  Particularly recommend the moving presentation by Annie Madden from the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) on involving consumers in policy discussions.

Insight webinars
Catch up on any of the Insight Webinars you may have missed during 2015 on the Dovetail Vimeo site.  This year’s topics included:
Resilience based practice in AOD services
Trauma, substance use and well-being in a young population
Barriers to treatment for amphetamine use
Working with families and significant others
And many more…

Podcast: Distorted Love
From the ABC “All in the Mind” radio program. Psychological abuse is part and parcel of the unacceptable level of family violence—it’s particularly challenging to recognise and often hidden behind closed doors. In this podcast a family therapist casts light on the manipulative narcissistic techniques used by some perpetrators to weave a 'web of distorted love'. And, there’s the story of a woman who eventually emerged from a deceptive marriage.
Duration: 30mins

Podcast: Leadership in social work
The idea of leadership is finding its way more often into the discussions of professional social work, but what is meant by "leadership"? And, what does being a "leader" mean? In this episode, Chad Allee describes what leadership is, argues for the importance of leadership in social work, and points to the need to cultivate more social work leaders
Duration: 22 minutes

Podcast: Alternative identities – Vampires
DJ Williams addresses some of the personal and professional issues social workers and other professionals face when working with people who have alternative identities, in this case people who identify as vampires. Social workers work with many people defined by dominant discourses as deviant. When identities are so outside the norm, judgements can prevent people disclosing important aspects of themselves and the fear of being misunderstood can be a hindrance in working with them.
Duration: Approx. 30 mins

Assessed learning – short courses, certificates, diplomas, bachelors, post-grad

Master of Addictive Behaviours
The Master of Addictive Behaviours is offered through Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School.  This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of addiction science, policy and practice. It is a multi-disciplinary, modular post-graduate degree that is delivered online but which retains a strongly interactive and dynamic focus.
Covering key contemporary issues such as problem drinking and gambling, and misuse of prescribed and illicit drugs, the course is delivered by a team of national and international experts from Monash University, Turning Point and other leading universities. This master's program is built on a strong conceptual and theoretical foundation and covers key topics in epidemiology, public health and policy, prevention and treatment and research methods.
The course is suitable for graduates in psychology, criminology, nursing, medicine and social work, and for professionals engaged in criminal justice, mental health, community health and public policy. It enables students to enhance their career development, improve their academic skills and gain a rewarding and satisfying educational experience.
All units in this course are delivered online. Contact with teaching staff is available via forum discussions, announcements, email and telephone.
Final closing date applications: 5th February

Graduate Course in Alcohol and other Drugs Studies
Turning Point offers the Graduate Course in Alcohol and other Drugs Studies, leading to either a Graduate Diploma or a Graduate Certificate.  For further details on each of these courses visit their respective websites.
Final closing date for applications:  5th February
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma