Tuesday, 12 April 2016

New(ish) tools for AOD workers

Some new tools that may be of use to AOD workers

Slots and shots: Gambling resources for AOD workers
Launched in November last year, Slots and Shots is a much needed suite of gambling resource for alcohol and other drug workers. It contains a tri-fold client handout, waiting room poster, a report, and a wallet sized quick reference reminder for clinicians.
The resource was developed to help AOD workers address the complex problems often experienced by their clients, and highlights the similarities between problem gambling and substance misuse.
Many AOD clients present with co-occurring substance and gambling problems. For every client with a serious gambling problem, 5 to 10 other people are affected. As such, there is a pressing need to strengthen AOD workers’ skills and understanding of gambling, so they may respond appropriately to client needs and improve client outcomes.
NCETA are currently working on an online training package for clinicians due for roll out 2017.

ReachOut - The Toolbox
ReachOut have collected a range of apps for health and wellbeing that have been endorsed by professionals and reviewed by under 25y/o (their target group).
Apps are sorted into catagories including:
  • Health and Fitness
  • Being independent
  • Relationships and helping others
  • Thoughts and emotions
  • Dealing with tough times

Buckinghamshire Mephedrone Handbook 
This pack is intended as a guide for drug workers and other professionals working with mephedrone (Mcat, Meph, Meow Meow) users. It also includes a section that focuses on novel psychoactive substances (NPS), the chemical families these compounds belong to, and the appropriate treatment response that could be tailored for people who experience problems with these drugs.  This handbook has been published in the UK, but is still applicable to Australia.

Working with substance use: Manchester Metropolitan University
A UK website providing online resources for health and social care professionals. The aim is to provide you with a basic understanding of a number of substance-related topics to inform and develop your practice.  They include presentations, film clips from experts (both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply your learning. They also offer suggestions for future study and personal development.
These resources can be explored in one go or dipped into for information on specific areas. They can be used for individual or group self-study and continuing professional development, and they can be used in teaching or learning by academics and trainers.
Resources are included for working with significant others, working with comorbidity, approaches for working with substance use, assessment tools, and more.

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