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SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS: CO-OCCURRING - Strategies for supporting people with co-occurring AOD and mental health issues. (Sydney)

Alison Bell, Registered Nurse, BA (Psychology), Diploma Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Certificate IV Training and Assessment
One full day
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Face-to-Face Training
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Chatswood, NSW
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The challenges associated with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse conditions have been of increasing concern for individuals, support networks and a range of services such as mental health and AOD services. The potential for enormous personal cost to the individual and their support network is great, with evidence of a higher incidence of hospitalisation, greater risk of homelessness, higher rates of criminal activity, poorer treatment outcomes, poorer health status, lower life expectancy, and increased rates of completed suicide compared to people experiencing mental health condition or substance abuse alone.

The aim of this one-day workshop is to increase the awareness of the impact of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions.  The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to gain skills for supporting people to reduce the impact of AOD and mental health conditions on their lives.

Comprehensive resource notes are provided to all participants for reference during and following the training. There will be opportunities for participants to practice and reflect on skills throughout the workshop.


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Alison Bell has a background in Nursing and Psychology and has worked in the alcohol and other drug and mental health fields since 1987. She has been facilitating training on topics including Motivational Interviewing, mental health, addictions and gambling. Known as an enthusiastic and engaging trainer with a passion for providing participants with an opportunity to reflect on their work practices and to enhance their skills for supporting people to change. Alison has been involved in the development of motivational interviewing since 1989, when she became involved in researching the clinical application of the model in collaboration with Dr Stephen Rollnick at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Alison has published a number of papers and book chapters, particularly in relation to the application of motivational interviewing in health care settings. Having conducted hundreds of training courses on motivational interviewing for a broad range of groups, Alison is considered to be among the leading trainers on this subject in Australia

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
          $27 to include lunch at the venue
          $59 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased at cafes surrounding the venue or you may bring your own.
    N.B. Food not purchased at the venue may not be eaten at the venue. 
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
    Face to face participants are required to comply with NSW Government Health Orders as follows:
    • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and in particular our training room.
    • Everyone must check-in via the Service NSW app prior to entry.
    • Your official vaccination certificate showing you have received two Government approved Covid vaccinations must be presented prior to entry.
    • Social distancing is to be observed at all times.
    • Hand sanitisers or antiseptic wipes provided are to be used before touching any common property.
  • Due to the NSW Government Health Orders, you will not be permitted to enter if you cannot comply with all of the above-noted conditions and we can of course, transfer your registration into the live, interactive webcast of this event.  

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Understand the impact of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions on people and their care network.
  2. Describe the effects of AOD on mental health.
  3. Explain the interaction between substance use and mental health medications.
  4. Describe approaches for screening and assessment of AOD and mental health conditions.
  5. Explain the application of person-centred practice when supporting a person living with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues.
  6. Understand the guiding principles for supporting people with co-existing mental health and substance abuse conditions.
  7. Describe strategies to support a co-ordinated approach for supporting people living with mental health and substance abuse conditions​

“Understanding and reducing the impacts of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions is important for professionals working with people who present to a range of health and community service settings.”       Alison Bell


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Gain a greater understanding of the impact of co-existing AOD and mental health conditions
  • Increase confidence in assessing and addressing co-occurring AOD and mental health issues
  • Develop strategies for taking an integrated approach when working with people living with AOS and mental health conditions.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • The prevalence and impact of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions
  • Understanding the effects of AOD on mental health and wellbeing
  • Exploring the interaction between AOD and prescribed medications
  • Screening and assessing for AOD and mental health conditions​

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Engaging people to reduce the impact of AOD on mental health
  • Guiding principles for supporting people living with co-existing AOD and mental health conditions
  • Taking a co-ordinated approach to supporting people living with AOD and mental health conditions.


Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of professionals who encounter people with alcohol and other drug issues and mental health conditions.
This is accessible and relevant for any professionals faced with these issues working psychology and counselling practice, or services such as mental health, alcohol and other drugs, child protection, justice, medical (eg: GPs, Nurses), student counselling, centrelink, and many more.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622

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