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A Tea Party in Wonderland: Skills for the many facets of mental health and substance use work

Format Workshop
Presenters Jenny Melrose, MAPS
Description Studies acknowledge that co-existing mental health and substance use problems, often referred to as comorbidity or dual diagnosis, is widespread. Such problems are much more common in people receiving treatment for either a mental health or a substance use disorder with rates being estimated as between 30-90% depending on the variablesmeasured. With this in mind, workers dealing with either client group need to be more mindful of the potential complexity of difficulties these clients experience.
This one-day course is for workers from various fields who want to increase their knowledge and skills in dealing with clients with both substance use problems and mental illness. It aims to provide an overview of both substance use and mental disorders, equip participants to conduct initial screenings using evidence based tools as well as providing a summary of brief interventions.

Participants can expect to cover the following topic areas:

 A summary of substance use, mental illness and co-existing mental health and substance use problems
 The use of screening tools and service delivery approaches
 An overview of brief interventions utilised with this
client group such as harm reduction, motivational
interviewing and psycho-education
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 25 May 2013
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 that can be downloaded at or registration/payment can be made directly at
Organiser Jenny Melrose, JEMECO Psychology
Contact Name Jenny Melrose
Telephone 07 54529809