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August 26, 2016

INSIGHT ALCOHOL AND DRUG SEMINAR SERIES AND TRAINING CALENDAR

The Insight Training and Education Unit has released the seminar series and training calendar for semester 2, 2016.  The seminar series happen every Wednesday from 10am - 11am and are broadcast live on the internet and then recorded and made available afterwards on the Insight Vimeo page.  Some of the upcoming presentations that would be of interest to Dovetail subscribers include "Working with high risk families: The Parents Under Pressure Program" by Professor Sharon Dawe on Wednesday November 2nd, and Associate Professor Leanne Hides presenting on "The lowdown on AOD apps and websites" on November 9th. The Insight Training workshops happen in Brisbane at the Biala Building, and includes Dovetail's "Young people and drugs" training on Thursday 15th of September, and "Crystal Clear: How to respond effectively to methamphetamine use".  All of the Insight Training workshops are free of charge, and they book out fast.


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August 19, 2016

GENOGRAMS: WHEN A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Dovetail has been working on a series of 5-10 minute training videos and the first is ready to launch: "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words." A Genogram is a useful tool for workers to help gather information about a young person's family and the quality of their relationships with significant others. This video shows workers how to use genograms in practice, as well as a symbol key so you can start doing your own genograms today! Watch "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words"

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online at this link.

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August 19, 2016

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING CO-OCCURRING AOD AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

In 2014, the Australian government funded NDARC to updated the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings."  The updated editions includes the latest evidence, and includes information on models of care for co-occurring disorders, management and treatment of specific disorders, as well as information on working with specific population groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young people.

Click here for more information or to download a copy.

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August 19, 2016

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO QUEENSLAND DRUG SLANG

The team at Dovetail are frequently asked to help decipher drug slang terminology used by young people. This can be tricky, because drug slang can be highly localised - sometimes terms are used just by one specific group of young people, or in one specific locality. Terms like "8 ball" or "half weight" can be confusing for workers who are undertaking assessments, and sometimes this confusion can have clinical implications. To help address this, Dovetail is developing a fact sheet to explain some common Queensland drug slang terminology, and we need your help. If you work in Queensland and have come across some localised slang terms, send us an email to let us know. We'll collate the responses and once we've gathered enough, we'll publish "Dovetail's Guide to Queensland Drug Slang" on our website. If you would like to submit slang terms, send us an email at info@dovetail.org.au

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August 12, 2016

TACKLING INDIGENOUS SMOKING PORTAL

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has recently launched the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal".  This online service hosts information for services funded by the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme", but much of the information on the site is useful for any worker or service who is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander people to quit smoking. The site includes an overview of activities that are effective at reducing smoking including community health promotion activities like school based education and social marketing approaches, as well as individual activities like brief interventions, and physical activity.

Go to "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal"

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August 12, 2016

DRUG CHECKING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Researchers in the United Kingdom recently conducted the first large scale drug checking program (sometimes called "pill testing") at a music festival.  The analytical chemist who conducted much of the testing has published an article about his experience at the festival, titled "Testing drugs at a festival teaches you how little most people know about what they're taking". The service found that of the tablets which contained MDMA, the strength ranged from 20mg up to 250mg. They found one batch of tablets that was made entirely of concrete, while the anti-malaria drug chloroquine was being sold as either cocaine or ketamine.  The article goes on to describe the reactions of participants to finding out the test results, and some of the potential implications for future research.

Go to "Testing drugs at a festival teaches you how little most people know about what they're taking"

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August 12, 2016

RESEARCH BULLETIN: SELF-HARM AND YOUNG PEOPLE

This research bulletin from Orygen summarises findings from recent studies reviewing the reasons for self-harm in young adult and youth populations, the impact of a young person's self-harm on family members and the evidence available for effective interventions for adolescents.  The bulletin includes research from 2015 that indicated one in ten Australian adolescents had self-harmed at some point in their lives, with higher rates in young women aged 16-17, where 22.8% had self-harmed.  The describes the most effective responses to self-harm in young people involved "high-quality, large dosage, coordinated, integrated care involving family and non-familial support".

Go to "Orygen Research Bulletin: Self-harm and young people"

 

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August 5, 2016

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT WORK WITH ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES

In 2015, Dovetail received a small grant from Feb Fast in order to increase access to tools and resources that support alcohol and other drug work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Throughout the development of the Dovetail good practice guide "Learning from each other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People" a range of resources were identified. The Remote AOD Program from the Northern Territory developed a series of resources including a Brief Wellbeing Screener, and resources designed to support direct client work around cannabis, alcohol, methamphetamine as well as a resource around alcohol and pregnancy. Dovetail has re-printed these resources and they are available free of charge to any worker or community who would like them.

View the resources at the Remote AOD Workforce Program website

If you would like to order free copies of the Remote AOD resources, email info@dovetail.org.au

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August 5, 2016

EXAMINING THE PROFILE OF HIGH POTENCY CANNABIS AND ITS ASSOCATION WITH SEVERITY OF CANNABIS DEPENDENCE

This paper by Freeman and Winstock published in the Psychological Medicine journal in 2015 titled "Examining the profile of high-potency cannabis and its association with severity of cannabis dependence", explores the reasons why the demand for cannabis treatment in the UK is rising when cannabis use is decreasing. Cannabis types were profiled for possible associations between frequency of use and cannabis dependence or cannabis related concerns. High-potency cannabis was distinct by its effects on memory and paranoia. The paper concludes that high-potency cannabis use is associated with an increased severity of dependence, especially in young people, which may be important when considering clinical or public health interventions.

Read "Examining the profile of high-potency cannabis and its association with severity of cannabis dependence" here.

 

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August 5, 2016

ORYGEN WEBINAR: ENGAGING YOUNG MEN IN TREATMENT

Despite research identifying high rates of young people reporting mental health and alcohol and other drug concerns, rates of help-seeking among young Australians, and particularly among young men, remain low. This webinar presented by Dr Simon Rice from Orygen Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health will review the current literature on help-seeking and examine barriers and facilitators to young men's access to care. Dr Rice discusses practical ways to engage young men in treatment, as well as identifying key ethical issues in working with young men, including socialisation, diversity, and propensity for risk-taking.

https://orygen.org.au/Campus/Expert-Network/Webinars/Engaging-young-men-in-mental-health-settings

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