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Digital Seminar

ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE USE IN LOCKDOWN - A compassion-based, harm-reduction approach to understanding and managing in the context of lockdown


Faculty:
Amber Rules, B.CHC (Applied Psychotherapy), M.PACFA
Duration:
2 hours
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 06, 2021
Product Code:
90829
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Access for 30 day(s) after purchase.

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Description

This workshop aims to help clinicians better identify potential substance misuse with their clients, and the implications of lockdown on substance use. During lockdown, clients may be managing increased emotional distress including stress, overwhelm, boredom, disconnection and malaise. Lockdown presents a tricky paradox; for many of us, there is both less to do and more to do, with both increased connection (via technology) and decreased connection (due to lack of physical proximity). For some populations, lack of access to or understanding of technology can increase their distress and disconnection further. Clients might also be dealing with the intensity of spending more time together with infrequent time alone while working or schooling from home. All of these stressors may lead people to increasing their substance use.

This workshop will give an overview of the aetiologies of substance abuse and vulnerable populations, as well as ideas about how to compassionately approach conversations with clients about increased substance use. It will also teach therapists how to approach safety concerns and engage with primary care clinicians where escalated care for a client is required.

An overview of learning points follow;
- Aetiologies of Substance Abuse (epigenetic, genetic and personality traits; trauma; family discordance or family violence; economic stress; underlying psychopathologies; symptom management, etc)
- Being aware of and identifying increased substance use during lockdown
- Compassion-based conceptualisation of substance use to help clients manage guilt, shame or toxic feelings
- Harm reduction strategies (which take into consideration a client’s significantly reduced options during lockdown)
- Creating a care plan with clients
- New or alternate boundary considerations while clinicians are not seeing clients in person
- Ideas for engaging in collaborative care with primary health clinicians, and when to encourage a client to seek escalated care (I.e., medical care)


Resources provided to attendees include;
- Letter template for engaging with primary health clinicians

- Care Plan and 8 Dimensions of Wellness worksheet
- Harm Reduction Strategies
- Recovery Wheel
- Further reading list

 

Handouts

Faculty

Amber Rules, B.CHC (Applied Psychotherapy), M.PACFA's Profile

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Sydney Addictions Recovery


Amber Rules is a psychotherapist, counsellor, group therapist, clinical supervisor and facilitator. She has extensive experience with addictions, and specialises in working with the family members of people who use drugs, alcohol, gambling, or have complex mental health needs.

She is the Clinical Director of Sydney Addictions Recovery, a specialist counselling clinic in Sydney’s Inner West. She is also the Director and Founder of Rough Patch, an affordable counselling service that uses a unique social enterprise model to make counselling more accessible and affordable. Previously in her career, Amber has worked in both public and private inpatient rehabilitation centres and hospitals, specialist outpatient counselling services, and private practice. 

Before becoming a therapist, Amber worked in the entertainment industry. She has an understanding of the difficulties that come with non-traditional and high-profile jobs, and is experienced in helping clients manage addiction and mental health difficulties that sometimes accompany these occupations.

Amber also has lived experience of substance involvement, family addiction and intergenerational trauma, and draws on this in her clinical practice.


Registration Details

Registration fee:  $66 

FREE WITH CODE 'PDPaddiction'

  • Recorded version available for 1 month viewing.  
  • Attendance Certificate for 2 hours of digital training.   
  • You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet, or phone upon which to view and participate.

Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Help clients identify and consider their substance use habits, especially during lockdown
  2. Learn about harm reduction ideas and help clients implement them through a compassionate lens
  3. Learn how to escalate treatment supports for clients who may require more intensive intervention for their substance use

Outline

  • Aetiologies of Substance Abuse (epigenetic, genetic and personality traits; trauma; family discordance or family violence; economic stress; underlying psychopathologies; symptom management, etc)
  • Being aware of and identifying increased substance use during lockdown
  • Compassion-based conceptualisation of substance use to help clients manage guilt, shame or toxic feelings
  • Harm reduction strategies (and review of handout)
  • Creating a care plan with clients (and explaining how to use handout)
  • New or alternate boundary considerations while clinicians are not seeing clients in person
  • Ideas for engaging in collaborative care with primary health clinicians, and when to encourage a client to seek escalated care (I.e., medical care) (and explaining handout template)

Target Audience

Any clinician working with clients affected by their own or someone else’s substance use, including psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, mental health carers, health and medical professionals.

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