1. Up to two-thirds of Australians entering treatment for their substance use have co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals who present with these conditions typically present with a more severe clinical profile and demonstrate poorer treatment outcomes in relation to physical health, mental health and psychosocial functioning. There are however, reasons for optimism. This presentation will give an overview of the evidence regarding treatment options available for this comorbidity among adults and promising new early interventions for adolescents.

    This webinar will lead to:
    An understanding of the complex relationship between comorbid PTSD and substance use
    Awareness of effective treatment options available for this comorbidity
    Introduction to an integrated therapy for co-occurring PTSD and substance use in adolescents

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  2. Positive Choices is currently running an exciting story-telling competition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students aged 12-14 years. We are collecting positive stories from Aboriginal youth around the country about life in their community.

    Competition Details:
    -Entries can be written stories (or artwork with a story), a video, speech or song
    -Winner receives a MacBook Air and runner-up receives a $500 JB HiFi voucher
    -Stories are about the positive choices or positive influences in students' lives

    What can I do?
    Please spread the word in your school and let us know if you'd like us to send you any promotional materials.
    For more information visit the competition page on positivechoices.org.au.

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  3. This webinar is for teachers, parents and others who are seeking information about effective substance use prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

    Like all young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers are at risk of drug and alcohol use and related harms. However, research suggests that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are more likely to initiate drug use at an earlier age and show riskier patterns of use, leaving them more at risk of drug-related harms and associated problems later in life. There are unique contexts and factors relating to drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth that require prevention programs to be tailored to be culturally appropriate.

    This webinar will explore what individual, relationship, community, societal and cultural factors are contributing to and protecting against drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. It will provide attendees with an overview of the current evidence of what programs and program elements are effective in addressing these factors and preventing drug use and it will introduce an innovative computerised school-based prevention program that is being developed to be culturally inclusive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    This webinar will lead to:
    Understanding what can contribute to or protect against alcohol and drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
    Improved knowledge about the elements that make drug prevention effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
    Introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources on Positive Choices and the development of a new resource for schools

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  4. Presented by Dr Lexine Stapinski
    Anxiety and alcohol use disorders commonly co-occur, with one in every three people with an alcohol use disorder also meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder. Co-morbid anxiety and alcohol use disorder presentations are typically more severe, and less responsive to standard treatment approaches. If left untreated, anxiety and alcohol use can fuel each other in a cyclical relationship whereby each serves to maintain and exacerbate the other. This presentation will provide an overview of current evidence on the relationship between anxiety and alcohol use disorders, and psychological management of these co-occurring disorders.

    This webinar will lead to::
    • Understanding of typical patterns and issues relevant to the management of anxiety and alcohol use disorder co-morbidity;
    • Awareness of developmental pathways, and strategies for preventing alcohol use disorders among anxious young people;
    • Introduction to an integrated CBT approach to improve treatment outcomes for co-occurring anxiety and alcohol use disorders.

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  5. Presented by Professor Nicole Lee

    This webinar explains in plain language the effects of methamphetamine (including ice) on the brain and body and the resulting impacts on functioning. This understanding will assist participants to adapt and develop more effective strategies to respond to people who use methamphetamine.

    Please note: some of the videos played within this webinar were distorted. These clips were taken from a TV episode, which can be viewed by copying and pasting this link into your browser: iview.abc.net.au/programs/you-cant-ask-that/LE1617H007S00#

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Mental Health and Substance Use Webinars

Mental Health and Substance Use PRO

Learn about the latest research into mental health and substance use disorders and discover the range of resources that are available to support the prevention and treatment of co-occuring disorders.
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Learn about the latest research into mental health and substance use disorders and discover the range of resources that are available to support the prevention and treatment of co-occuring disorders.
Presented by the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, these webinars are for clinicians, allied health professionals, teachers, consumers, carers, and anyone with an interest in issues related to mental health and substance use.

To receive updates about our upcoming webinars, sign up here: eepurl.com/bmg7HH

For any other enquires about the webinar series, including suggestions for future topics or to nominate a potential guest speaker, please don't hesitate to get in contact with Dr Lexine Stapinski (comorbidity.edu.au/people/dr-lexine-stapinski)

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