Professional development opportunities for alcohol and other drugs specialists

Training provider 360Edge has developed a suite of courses for alcohol and other drugs specialists, as well as other health, welfare, and education frontline workers who work with people who use alcohol and other drugs.

A number of sessions are available throughout 2021, but here are some of the opportunities available during the first half of the year:

The art of thriving at work – 11 February, 9:00am to 4:30pm

2020 highlighted the importance of looking after ourselves as practitioners. Alcohol and other drug work can be challenging. There is a high rate of burnout and secondary trauma among practitioners. In this workshop, learn what it takes to not just survive but thrive at work. Relax, recharge and revive for 2021 to ensure you are at your best for your clients.

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The brain workshop – 25 February, 9:00am to 4:30pm

Better understand the brain, the impact of drugs, and how it affects treatment. Learn how to adapt your approach to improve client outcomes.

Up to 70% of people in alcohol and other drug treatment have significant cognitive impairment related to drug use, lifestyle or other factors. In this workshop, learn about the parts of the brain that can be affected by drug use and the impact on functioning.

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Understanding CBT for alcohol and other drug workers – 4 March, 9:00am to 4:30pm

This workshop offers a practical introduction to core practice skills in alcohol and other drug treatment. It is suitable for practitioners new to CBT, new to AOD or those wanting to enhance their core CBT skills. Participants will improve their understanding of CBT theory and practice and will learn a core CBT framework that will deepen their understanding and enable them to tailor strategies and treatment for different client presentations.

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Working with families in alcohol and other drug settings – 18 March, 9:00am to 4:30pm

This workshop is designed for any practitioners who want to work more effectively with families and carers of people who use alcohol and other drugs, whether the person using drugs is in treatment or not.

The workshop focusses on the impact of alcohol and other drugs on families and models of responding with a focus on the Orford and Velleman 5-step model. Participants will increase their understanding of responses and interventions, including how to engage families and how to choose and use different response options to support families.

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Trauma informed care – 24 March, 9:00am to 4:30pm

Does your work with clients need to be more trauma-informed?

This one-day foundation workshop addresses working with clients in a trauma-informed way. This includes understanding trauma and its impacts, identifying signs and symptoms of trauma and conducting trauma screening.

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The how and why of motivational interviewing – 29 April, 9:00am to 4:30pm

This one day workshop will cover the key elements in motivational interviewing essential for AOD workers. Participants will improve their motivational interviewing skills – “the how” – and gain a deeper understanding of the spirit and philosophy of motivational interviewing – “the why”.

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To see the full list and more comprehensive detail, visit the 360Edge website.