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I Think I Can, I Know I Can: skills for working with clients who use substances

Format Workshop
Presenters Jenny Melrose, MAPS
Description For many workers dealing with their clients' alcohol andother drugs (AOD) use is a scary prospect. This is oftenbecause of lack of information about the different substances that people use as well as a mistaken belief that AOD work is a purely specialised area. In fact, due to the widespread nature of substance use, its substantial impact on human behaviour and wellbeing and its
prevalence in health and community settings, all workers need adequate knowledge and skills in the AOD area to be well equipped to work with people.
This one-day workshop is open to all workers interested in or dealing with clients who use substances. It will be held in Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast. It will enable participants to work more confidently and effectively with clients who use substances.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about:

 Substances: why and how people use them
 Problems people may encounter from using substances
 What to include in a psychosocial assessment
 Treatment options available in the community
 An overview of brief interventions utilised with this
client group including motivational interviewing and
relapse prevention.
About the presenter(s) Jenny Melrose is a Psychologist and trainer who has worked in the area of comorbidity for 12 years in both government and non-government sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts with majors in Psychology as well as a Masters of Education in Adult Education majoring in Human Resource Development. She has also recently obtained Certificate IVs in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health. Jenny is the author of the 2007 NSW Health publication Mental Health Reference Resource for Drug and Alcohol Workers, Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre's (MDECC) Trimming the Grass and most recently has co-authored a chapter 'Alcohol and Young People' in the 2009 book Practical Interventions for Young People at Risk. Jenny, through her business JEMECO Psychology, has provided training throughout Australia and Indonesia and runs a private psychology practice in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
Location QLD Regional, Australia
Venue o3 Hub
6-7/31-33 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 17 Nov 2012
Time 9am - 430pm, registration from 830
Cost $250 APS member, $220 student, $300 non-members (unless paid before 19.10.12)
Notes Registration/payment can be made using the form downloadable from or directly on the website
Organiser Jenny Melrose, JEMECO Psychology
Contact Name Jenny Melrose
Telephone 07 54529809