IWC Centre venue for free AOD training

The IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre is the venue for two FREE Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) training courses in April.

On 17 April, the AOD Crash Course will be held, followed by the Family Inclusive Practice workshop on 17 April.

This is part of the way IWC is continuing to support the delivery of positive initiatives that benefit our community, as we all work together to address the issue of Ice and other drugs.

IWC hosted the 2016 Bundaberg Region Community Ice Forum, which involved more than 80 delegates from 46 organisations, groups and businesses. It delivered an action plan that included training for frontline service providers dealing with the issue of Ice and other drugs in our region.

That forum was co-facilitated by Jeff Buckley of Queensland Health’s Metro North Mental Health – Alcohol and Drug Services, which runs the Insight AOD training initiative. The training to be delivered at the IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre at 184 Barolin St, Bundaberg, will be delivered by the Insight team.

About the AOD Crash Course workshop:

This introductory workshop is designed for new and/or non-specialist workers who want to develop a better understanding of how psychoactive drugs work alongside a basic knowledge and skillset in how to support people who may be experiencing problematic substance use.

It starts at 9am and runs all day. Coffee and tea, and light refreshments will be provided, but participants are required to bring their own lunch.

Topics to be covered include:

  • History of substance use, statistics, prevalence and rates of use

  • Foundational theories and concepts

  • Aims and objectives of AOD treatment

  • Overview of the evidence - what works and what doesn’t

  • Basic assessment and brief intervention

  • Basic harm reduction and managing intoxication

  • Personal safety, managing boundaries and maintaining self-care

  • Making great referrals - where to go for more information, training and support

Registrations are essential: To register click here

About the free Family Inclusive Practice workshop:

This full-day workshop will explore a broad range of family-inclusive approaches, strategies and tools.

These are designed to assist in improving the effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment, including addressing some of the specific barriers to implementing family-inclusive approaches in practice.

It starts at 9am and runs for the day. Coffee and tea, and light refreshments will be provided, but participants are required to bring their own lunch.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the impact of substance use on families

  • Including families in intake and assessment

  • Explaining and managing confidentiality

  • Genograms and timeline approaches

  • Supporting families through treatment

  • Negotiating child protection and family and domestic violence concerns

  • Tips for family self-care.

Registrations are essential:

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