Workforce development and training opportunities for people working in the alcohol and other drug sector in Western Australia.
WHFS - Adverse Childhood Events Study Workshop
Facilitator: Dianne Rickman, WHFS
Tuesday 23 February 2021
1.30pm - 4pm
Womens Health & Family Services, 227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Cost: Standard - $50.00; WHFS Members - $40.00; Students - $35.00
The workshop will provide practical information to identify and support clients who have mental health issues with physical consequences that can be helped by nutrition and environmental changes.
The Adverse Childhood Events Study has confirmed the lifelong effects of early trauma on the health of individuals. Treatment requires both multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled approaches to provide best outcomes for clients. It is important for professionals to be aware of all the factors affecting a client when someone engages with the health system for one issue, particularly as those with childhood trauma often only seek assistance when health concerns can no longer be ignored.
Centre for Social Impact UWA - Outcomes Measurement
Facilitated by Professor Paul Flatau
Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February 2021
This two-day workshop provides participants with the skills to measure and assess an organisation’s impact and how to report this impact.
For more information, please visit Centre for Social Impact UWA - Outcomes Measurement.
360Edge - The brain workshop
New interactive online workshop
Thursday 25 February 2021
9am – 4.30pm
Cost:Earlybird $295 Standard $355
Book 5 or more spaces for your team and save an additional 10% off the earlybird rate!
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.
Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing - Domestic and Family Violence Sector Training - Agency use of Technology to Support Survivors
Thursday 25 February 2021
9am - 10am - Session 1 Tech Safety for Agencies: Best Practices and Technology Security for Frontline Services
10am - 11am - break
11am - 12pm - Session 2 Supporting Survivors at a distance: Best practices for using technology with vulnerable clients
As part of Commonwealth COVID-19 funding, the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing (previously WCDFVS) has organised for WESNET (The Women’s Services Network Inc.) to provide free training to DFV workers on digital technology safety.
360Edge - A Square Peg Into A Round Hole - Time to re-think integrating AOD and mental health services
Guest speakers include: Professor Nicole Lee, CEO at 360Edge and Adjunct Professor at NDRI; Professor Steve Allsop, Professor at the National Drug Research Institute; Jennifer Duncan, CEO at The National Peak Australian Alcohol and other Drugs Council, and; Representatives from the National Mental Health Commission.
Wednesday 3 March 2021
10am – 11am AWST
Last month 360Edge released a report making the case for maintaining the unique specialisation of alcohol and other drug and mental health sectors, despite recent calls for integration. The report argues that rather than trying to merge sectors, a model of ‘holistic care’ should be adopted where alcohol and other drug service and mental health services co-exist as specialities but improve their internal capability and external collaboration.
For more information, please visit 360Edge - A Square Peg Into A Round Hole.
Turning Point - Telling Your Story - Professional Development Training
Presenter: Jenny Valentish
Wednesday 3 March 2021
6.30am - 9.30am AWST
Online via Zoom
Cost: $110 (payable by credit card only).
Jenny Valentish, journalist and author of the memoir Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, has created a three-hour workshop designed for clinicians and peer workers to safely help clients write their stories. When an individual writes about their life, or an era of their life, it aids in sense making. There’s a strengthening of a sense of self, a gaining of perspective and perhaps the opportunity to see a bigger picture for the first time.
Let's Talk Culture: Women's Mental Health Across the Lifespan in CaLD Communities
Panellists include Sandy Richards - Mental Health Nurse and Counsellor and Pushpa Siroley - Senior Mental Health Advocate
Wednesday 10 March 2021
10.30am - 12.30pm
Acacia Room Herb Graham Recreation Centre 38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka
The panel will discuss mental health throughout the different stages of life and the multifaceted barriers they experience accessing support at this free instalment of Let’s Talk Culture. The panel will consist of two service providers and three CaLD women of different age groups. The purpose of the Let's Talk Culture seminar series is to promote culturally responsive practices working in the mental health and wellbeing space. This event is proudly supported by the Mental Health Commission.
RSVP is essnential. To RSVP, please visit Let's Talk Culture at Eventbrite.
YEP / Butterfly - Body Esteem Educator Training
Free webinar for WA youth workers
Tuesday 23 March 2021
In the 2020 YEP Youth Survey young people identified body positivity as their most needed area of support and education. As such, YEP is hosting Butterfly to deliver a webinar to upskill youth workers in this area.
Tickets are limited. For more information and to register, visit YEP/Butterfly Body Esteem Educator Webinar.
Turning Point - Predictors of cognitive functioning in presentations to addiction neuropsychology: Are we paying enough attention to modifiable risk factors?
Talking Point Seminar
Presented by Dr James Gooden
Wednesday 17 March 2021
10am - 11am AWST / 1pm - 2pm AEDT
Individuals with alcohol or other drug (AOD) use disorders often identify a high degree of concern about their cognitive health. Cognitive impairment may arise from a range of aetiologies including acquired brain injury, psychiatric conditions, substance use, or neurodevelopmental weaknesses and can have a significant impact on treatment outcomes and recovery. For these individuals, a further complication is the risk of having their cognitive complaints misattributed or minimised leading to lack of further investigation, treatment and subsequently further harm. Within AOD services, there is an increasing demand for neuropsychology assessment and consultation services, with referrers wanting to better understand how to best work with their clients to facilitate better outcomes. This highlights the need for considering the role of brain health and cognitive functioning within drug and alcohol treatment. This talk will highlight some of the common presentations to our addiction neuropsychology service and discuss the role of potentially modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment in individuals with AOD histories.
There is no cost to attend but registrations are essential. For more information and to register, please visit Talking Point Seminar - Cognitive Functioning in Presentations to Addiction Neuropsychology at Eventbrite.
ARCSHS - Chemsex cultures: Subcultural reproduction and queer survival
Research and Practice Seminar
With Dr João Florêncio, University of Exeter
Wednesday 17 March 2021
2pm AWST / 5pm AEDT
This seminar will explore the subcultural significance of sexualised drug use amongst queer folk.
Talking Point - Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 epidemic in Australia
Presented by Dr Sarah Callinan
Wednesday 21 April 2021
11am - 12pm AWST / 1pm - 2pm
Throughout 2020 public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic led to massive disruption in the everyday lives people around the world. Two longitudinal studies assessing the alcohol consumption of a convenience sample of Australians aged 18 and over measured the ways in which respondents changed consumption, harm and purchasing of alcohol throughout 2020. One study focussed on drinking motives, stress and harmful drinking while the other focussed on location of consumption, purchasing patterns, distress and COVID-specific socio-economic factors. Results from both studies will be presented including state-based comparisons of changes in consumption and harm as lockdown laws differed between states.
Dr Sarah Callinan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University. She is the study director of the Australian arm of the International Alcohol Control Study and the database co-ordinator for a 32 country study of alcohol’s harm others co-ordinated with the World Health Organisation. Her primary research area of interest is drinking in the home.
To register, please visit Talking Point - Alcohol Consumption in the COVID-19 Epidemic in Australia. There is no cost to attend but registrations are essential
Murdoch University - Free Training: Family-based intervention for youth alcohol and other drug use and co-occurring mental health issues in Western Australia
Murdoch University is offering free Behaviour Exchange and Systems Therapy (BEST) facilitator training for clinicians across Western Australia.
BEST is an evidence-based, 8-week, multi-family group program for parents and their young persons (12-24yo) with substance use and/or mental health issues. Previously implemented and evaluated in Victoria, BEST was effective in engaging at-risk youth who initially refused services, reducing their substance use, problem behaviours and mental health symptoms, as well as improving family functioning.
Trained facilitators will gain accreditation through a two-day workshop and supervision in implementing the program in your service. This project is funded by the WA Department of Justice.
ASHM - STI Testing in Primary Care - New online learning for Western Australian health professionals!
In recent years, the incidence of some STIs in Western Australia has been rising at an alarming rate. This year a syphilis outbreak has been declared in metro Perth. It’s more important than ever for Western Australian primary care providers to screen and test for STIs.
ASHM is offering a new online learning module, funded by and developed in collaboration with WA Health. Through interactive quizzes and case studies, Western Australian GPs and other health professionals can develop their skills to confidently discuss sexual health with patients, conduct guideline-based STI screening and testing, and initiate contact tracing.
The module is an accredited learning activity with RACGP and ACRRM, and a certificate of completion is available.
Start learning today at lms.ashm.org.au (search ‘STI Testing’)
Funded by the WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program.
Australian Government - COVID-19 Infection Control Training
This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.
Access the online COVID-19 Infection Control Training. More information is also available in the Australian Government Department of Health information sheet Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers.
Make Smoking History - Smoking Cessation Brief Advice Online Training
The online courses will help staff make conversations about smoking, using the 3-step brief advice model, a regular part of their interactions with clients or patients. It will also increase their knowledge of best practice tobacco dependence treatment, and what services and resources are available to support clients or patients to reduce and quit smoking.
Everyone who works directly with clients or patients should undertake this training.
Visit Make Smoking History for more details.
SMART Recovery Australia - Online SMART Recovery Facilitator Training
Learn how to run an online SMART Recovery meeting by completing this six-hour interactive e-learning course. Part 2 of the training is a live and interactive two-hour video conference workshop that will run through simulated meeting scenarios and get you comfortable with facilitating online support groups.
Register at SMART Recovery Australia.
Wild Butterfly Documentary Screenings
Nine years in the making, set in WA and meticulously researched. Wild Butterfly is a dramatized documentary that explores the trauma of childhood sexual violence and its relationship to ongoing mental health issues and drug use. It uncovers the hidden story behind a family’s tragic circumstances and opens our eyes to the impacts of social injustices and prejudices that could befall anyone.
View the Wild Butterfly trailer, find out how to host your own Wild Butterfly screening.
Australian Research Webinars
- impact2020 – free webinars for the Australian for-purpose sector from the Centre for Social Impact.
- National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Resources - Webinars
- National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) Webinars
Training and Workforce Development Providers
- Anglicare WA - Professional Development Training - draws on more than 40 years’ experience as a leading service provider in the social services sector to develop and deliver quality training and professional development workshops to a range of audiences; from administration and teaching aids, to community service workers and psychologist through to lawyers and corporate groups.
- Connecting Up - Online Learning Program - designed to build the capability of the not-for-profit sector and give you the knowledge and skills you need for greater impact. Webinars, online workshops, and other learning opportunities available.
- Cracks in the Ice - This online training provides frontline workers, including peer workers, alcohol and other drug workers and clinicians, with information and resources about ice (crystal methamphetamine).
- Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health - free training and information.
- Evolve Events - Training and Human Development - Along with their training services, they offer a complete event management service.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Training for Professionals - WA Mental Health Commission
- Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training - Holyoake is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training to community and youth workers.
- Karen Hulls - Complex Trauma Training WA - deliver a range of comprehensive training programs for workers and carers who work with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced complex trauma.
- Mental Health Commission - AODtraining@MHC - provides a range of knowledge and skills-based training events on alcohol and other drugs and comorbidity. Events are free-of-charge and include induction training for new workers.
- Mental Health Commission - E-learning@MHC - online learning programs aimed at professionals employed in the AOD sector and other professional staff working to prevent AOD-related harm.
- National Comorbidity Guidelines Online Training - free, online training developed by by The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Completion will take approximately 10 hours.
- Relationships Australia WA - Professional Development - provides training for family and community support professionals to develop specialist relationship counselling, mediation and management skills. Training is provided from basic to advanced professional competency levels.
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault - Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) in Western Australia e-learning package.
- Richmond Wellbeing - courses&events - provide specialist, evidence-based training in Recovery-oriented approaches and practice, corporate training courses and a number of community and cultural events within supportive and inclusive environments.
- SAFE in Oz - run workshops on working with people impacted by self-destructive behaviours.
- SMART Recovery Program Training - SMART Recovery Australia offers training in the SMART Recovery behavioural change and addiction treatment program and how to run a SMART meeting in the community or your organisation.
- Sexual Assault and Resource Centre (SARC) - provides quality, evidence based education and training opportunities on issues related to sexual assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers.
Turning Point Connect & Learn Webinars - presented by experienced clinicians from the alcohol and other drug sector.
- The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) - offers a range of courses targeted to meet specific needs of the mental health workforce, enhance the skill development of roles which relate to mental health, and educate the wider community.
- William Street Family Therapy Centre - provides family and relationship professionals with high quality hands-on training courses, workshops and supervision.
- WISDOM in Your Life – Psychological and Aboriginal ways - provides training for mental health professionals.
- Womens Health and Family Services - Training for Health Professionals - WHFS presentations, seminars, workshops and training sessions can be tailored to specific group interests and budgets. In addition WHFS offers a professional supervision and consultancy service for individual, group and organisational issues concerning women and families.
- University of Adelaide ASSIST Program - - provides training, technical advice and support to people interested in Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening.
- pdf Comprehensive Alcohol and other Drug Workforce Development in Western Australia - Full Report (2.71 MB) - WANADA
- 2018 Peer Workforce Report - WA Peer Supporters' Network
WANADA provides information about training and workforce development through our e-newsletter FYI.