The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery is warming up today with six interactive optional informative pre-conference workshops.
Can you gain insights into your client’s addictive behaviour with drawing? Ms Florence Ee, IDT Instructor, Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) and Ms Lowell Wan, Therapeutic Counsellor, Gambler’s Help Southern, Bentleigh Bayside Community Health are presenting a workshop this morning on ‘Even Broken Crayons Still Colour’.
Concurrently, Ms Kim Wood, Senior Practitioner – Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs and Lives Lived Well is presenting her workshop on CBT for Substance Misuse and Ms Avinna Trzesinski, Research Officer, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Edith Cowan University will be exploring the wealth of information on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre and is there’s more to it than meets the eye?
This afternoon Mr Steve Stokes, Program Director from South Pacific Private Rehabilitation Centre is presenting a workshop on ’Sex Addiction Assessment, Treatment and Aftercare’.
The GATS Counselling Centre estimate around 1 million Australians suffer from the problem of sexual addiction; 8% of all adult males and 3% of adult females. This makes sexual addiction an important social problem that urgently needs to be researched and resourced.
Also this afternoon Mr Jeffrey Lucas, Operations Manager/Addiction Therapist, Wesley Mission is offering his workshop on ‘Financial Literacy in the Problem Gambling Space’ and Ms Jade Alexander, Clinical Director, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia will be workshopping ‘Vicarious Trauma – Managing the Inevitable’.
The Conference Program features six keynote presenters plus there will be over 50 workshops, presentations and forums dedicated to sharing skills and understanding in the treatment of all addictive disorders, including alcohol and other drugs, behavioural addictions, and the emerging field of online compulsive behaviour in both adults and children.
We look forward to welcoming delegates to the actual Conference tomorrow so we can all deepen our understanding around the interrelationship of addictive disorders and network with our peers.
There is still time to register you attendance CLICK HERE to register.
Hosted by The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the Conference has a line-up of internationally reknown speakers, such as Professor Jan Copeland – Director, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre. Her keynote will discuss the linkbetween the use of cannabis and mental health problems such as schizophrenia and whether cannabis use leads to more common psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Associate Professor Nicole Lee, one of Australia’s leaders in methamphetamine treatment and clinical policy implementation will speak on the challenges of Methamphetamine treatment. With so much conflicting and misleading information on the so-called ‘ice epidemic’ in Australia, Associate Professor Lee will discuss data on what’s really going on around ‘Ice’ and what it means for treatment. By using what is known about the drug, its use and its effect on the brain, we can improve our responses to people who use it.
Also presenting are Dr Paul Grayand and Dr Rob Ralphs from the Manchester Metropolitan University in a study of new psychoactive substance use from a UK perspective. To view the Program CLICK HERE.