Professional Development

Turning Point is able to provide fee for service training in a range of areas including; Introduction to dealing with Alcohol and Drug issues (for secondary schools, tertiary institutions, workplaces and allied health professionals), Assessment, Treatment and Referral for AOD problems, Young People and AOD issues, Pharmacotherapy, Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Assessment and Treatment for AOD clinicians, Understanding and treating Methamphetamine users and other topics by negotiation.

In addition to fee for service training, Turning Point is also delivering a Training Calendar, with workshops scheduled throughout the year and advertised below. These workshops are available to the AOD sector, other allied health professionals and/or community groups. The workshops will run from Turning Point’s training room in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Our training staff have extensive clinical and training experience.

Please contact Naomi Crafti at naomic@turningpoint.org.au for more information about any of Turning Point’s professional development programs.

Training Calendar

July - November 2015

Turning Point is offering five training workshops across the second half of 2015. The topics include drug & alcohol use in pregnancy; adolescent AOD use; understanding and responding to alcohol and other drug issues; mindfulness in AOD work; and single session family consultations.

Further details of the workshops and trainers can be found below. Please 
CLICK HERE to download the expression of interest form.

  • This one day training is designed for AOD workers and other health professionals seeking up to date information and support strategies in relation to drug and alcohol use and pregnancy.
    Tuesday 21st July 2015

    9:30am - 4:15pm

    This one day training is designed for AOD workers and other health professionals seeking up to date information and support strategies in relation to drug and alcohol use and pregnancy. 

    The workshop will provide an introduction to the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service and discuss a broad range of issues associated with Drug & Alcohol use in pregnancy. There will be case discussions to illustrate complexities and level of support available.

    Trainers: Theresa Lynch (Manager), Dr Yvonne Bonomo (Addiction Specialist), Mary Lazzaro (Midwife), Dr Tram Nguyen (CL Psychiatrist), Kerri Felemonow (Social Worker), Antoinette Amy (Psychologist), Julie Blandthorn (Research/Midwife) and Amelia Le (Dietician) Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service multidisciplinary team members

    Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service is the only state-wide drug and alcohol service providing specialist clinical services to pregnant women with complex substance use dependence. They utilise a multidisciplinary team approach to advance their health and well-being and the medical needs of their infants. Support is further enhanced through the provision of secondary consultation, including a 24 hour on-call obstetric service. 

    Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.


  • This one day seminar is designed for teachers, nurses, welfare coordinators and other professionals seeking to understand and respond to adolescent alcohol and drug use.

    Friday 21 August 2015

    9:15am – 4:00pm

    This one day seminar is designed for teachers, nurses, welfare coordinators and other professionals seeking to understand and respond to adolescent alcohol and drug use. Recent media reports have highlighted the potential devastating effects of drugs such as ice and alcohol, however, the full picture is not always presented. In this workshop we introduce key topics to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of alcohol and drug use in young people.

    Topics include:

    • Adolescents’ drugs of choice
    • Understanding adolescent drug use
    • The adolescent brain and substance use
    • Substance use and mental health
    • Implications for families
    • Prevention and early intervention 


    Who should attend?
      Those working in the AOD sector and allied health professionals including nurses, psychologists, social workers ad teachers seeking to gain a better understanding of working with adolescent AOD use

    Trainers: Shirley Gill, Senior Education and Training Officer and Fiona Blee, Project Officer, Workforce Development, Turning Point

    Shirley is a psychologist with post-graduate qualifications in counselling and clinical psychology with twenty years experience in the field of addictive behaviours. She currently coordinates the AOD youth subjects in the Turning Point Graduate Certificate/Diploma of AOD Studies and the Monash University Master of Addictive Behaviours. Her work with adolescents has been in secondary school teaching, university student counselling, youth mental health, and youth alcohol & other drugs.

    Fiona is an energetic trainer who has worked extensively with adolescents and the adults that care for them. She is experienced running classroom sessions with secondary school students focused on sexual health, mental health and alcohol and drug use. Her courses are practical and interactive, drawing upon participant and trainer experiences and based on industry best practice.

    She currently works with Turning Point, where she is managing a NHMRC-funded randomised control trial. The trial is looking at the efficacy of the MAKINGtheLINK health education program that aims to enhance the help-seeking skills of secondary school students. Fiona is experienced running professional learning sessions for staff.

    Fiona completed a Masters degree in Public Health in 2010 at La Trobe University, where she undertook action research into how to engage youth in school-based mental health promotion. She is passionate about working with CALD groups, young people and people experiencing disability.

    Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.


  • This introductory one day seminar is designed for health professionals including those in private practice on understanding and responding to alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in clinical work.

    Thursday 15th October 2015

    9:15am – 4:00pm

    This introductory one day seminar is designed for health professionals including those in private practice on understanding and responding to alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in clinical work.

    Research suggests that problematic substance use often goes unreported or is minimised by clients and this can have an adverse impact on treatment. Do you routinely screen for substance use in your work with clients and how do you determine if their use is problematic? What specialist services are available in the community and how do you refer clients?

    Turning Point Eastern Health is offering a one day seminar for health professionals including those in private practice on understanding and responding to alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in clinical work. This workshop will cover:

    • An overview of alcohol and commonly used drugs, their effects and harms
    • Standard alcohol and other drug screening and assessment tools
    • Alcohol and other drug use and mental health
    • Current alcohol and other drug services

    Continuing Professional Development for Allied Health Professionals

    Who should attend?  Health professionals working outside the AOD sector seeking to gain confidence in working with clients with AOD issues.

    Trainers: Sharon Patterson and Phoebe Spry-Bailey, Senior Education Officers, Turning Point 

    Sharon Patterson
    has over 25 years’ experience working in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector. She has worked in a wide range of clinical settings as an AOD Nurse/Clinician including inpatient withdrawal, methadone clinic, rehabilitation, Outpatients and Assessment , Drink Driver Education Program and Women’s’ Drug and Alcohol Services.  Since 1995 Sharon has been employed by Turning Point as a Senior Education and Training Officer.  Her work at Turning Point has included development and delivery of education and training programs to a range of health service providers including GPs, nurses and other primary care workers. She is a subject coordinator and teacher in Turning Points’ Post Graduate Studies Course.

    Phoebe Spry-Bailey is one of the Senior Education & Training Officers in Workforce Development Unit.  She has over 20 years of AOD clinical experience and has worked across diverse clinical settings  including assessment, pharmacotherapy, withdrawal and counselling. She commenced working in Workforce Development in 2007 and continues to develop and deliver a range of accredited and non- accredited courses. She is currently Subject coordinator for Treatment, Assessment & Planning in Post Graduate studies at TP  and is working collaboratively to develop and deliver AOD training to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.


  • Family Inclusive Practice is an important element of effective AOD practice. The two day workshop Participants go away with some tools and strategies to apply Family Inclusive Practice in their work, be presented with definitions of FIP and explore the principles of FIP.

    Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th October 2015

    9:30am – 4:30pm

    Family Inclusive Practice is an important element of effective AOD practice. The two day workshop Participants go away with some tools and strategies to apply Family Inclusive Practice in their work, be presented with definitions of FIP and explore the principles of FIP.

    Single Session Family Consultations provide a framework to help AOD practitioners make the most of each encounter with clients (whether it be an individual/couple/family session) and offer a unique opportunity to meaningfully engage families/affected others who may seek out a support service only once or twice at a time.

    This 2 day workshop draws together principles from Single Session Work and Family Inclusive Practice, within the context of AOD work.

    Learning Outcomes

    ‘Single Session Family Consultation’ training provides workers with the opportunity to:

    • Understand the history, philosophy and practice principles of the SSW approach and Family Inclusive Practices;
    • Identify when SSW and inclusion of family could be helpful within their own work contexts and when it could be contra-indicated;
    • Practice skills in a safe and supportive learning environment, with the coaching of experienced Bouverie clinical supervisors, i.e,; 
      • Practice the art of maintaining confidentiality with one’s primary client whilst also sharing some information, as appropriate, between client and family members;
      • Practice the facilitation of productive meetings with families, including the primary client;
    • Consider how to explain SSFC to clients and colleagues;
    • Share ideas about the benefits and challenges of involving others in work with primary clients;
    • Negotiate the involvement of family or other significant persons in an individual client’s care;
    • Learn about common challenges in working with more than one person in the room (especially conflict) and useful ways to address them (i.e, curiosity, overting the process, positive reframing, filtering, specificity and circular questioning).


     Who should attend?
      AOD practitioners including counsellors, AOD workers, case managers, team leaders or managers interested in incorporating family work into their everyday practice whilst utilising the framework of a SSW approach. 

    Trainers: Jacqui Sundbery and Sally Ryan, The Bouverie Centre

    Jacqui Sundbery
     is a family therapist and trainer working in the Community Services program. Her previous experience in the community sector includes adolescent health, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health, Aboriginal health, trauma and family violence. Throughout her PhD research, she has worked alongside the Indigenous program at the Bouverie Centre to understand the effectiveness of family therapy in working with substance misuse in Indigenous communities from the perspectives of Aboriginal alcohol and drug workers. Jacqui also maintains a private practice.

    Naomi Rottem is the Team Leader of Community Services at The Bouverie Centre. Her current work involves coordinating workforce development in the areas of family inclusive practice and single session work, which includes facilitating training and consultation to workers in a range of service sectors. She also teaches in the Masters of Clinical Family Therapy Course, and sees families in the clinical family therapy program at the Bouverie Centre.
    Naomi is a Social Worker and Family Therapist with a background working with vulnerable families in the non-government sector and community health services. Her experience includes providing individual and family therapy, group work and supervision of health and welfare professionals. She completed her Masters in Family Therapy in 2006 and has been working at The Bouverie Centre since 2007.

    Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.


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