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

February - June 2015

Turning Point is offering six training workshops across the first half of 2015. The topics include adolescent alcohol and drug use, older adults and AOD problems, family violence, youth mental health first aid, family inclusive practice in AOD and aboriginal cultural awareness in relation to mental health.

Further details of the workshops and trainers can be found below. Download the expression of interest form here.

  • 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.

    February – Monday 23rd February 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 rarely 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

    Trainers: Shirley Gill and Bonnie Wells, Senior Education and Training Officers, 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.

    Bonnie is a psychologist and former teacher with extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating school-based programs such as MAKINGtheLINK. She currently teaches in the AOD youth subjects in the Turning Point Graduate Certificate/Diploma of AOD Studies and the Monash University Master of Addictive Behaviours. Bonnie is currently undertaking her PhD exploring adolescent pathways to help seeking for substance use disorders at Monash University.

    Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.
  • This training aims to increase confidence and provide health care professionals with strategies that will help them identify, engage and work more effectively with older adults experiencing AOD issues.

    February – Monday 23rd February 2015

    9:30am – 4:30pm

    Given the rapidly ageing Australian population, it is important that professionals are skilled in best practice for working with older adult clients. Despite a high incidence of AOD-related problems among older adults, this population does not access traditional AOD services due to a variety of issues.

    This training aims to increase confidence and provide health care professionals with strategies that will help them identify, engage and work more effectively with older adults experiencing AOD issues.

    • Terminology 
    • Understanding the ageing process- physiology 
    • Mythbusters 
    • Barriers – personal and professional 
    • Unique issues 
    • Signs and symptoms 
    • Early vs. late onset 
    • Screening 
    • Assessment 
    • Prevention, education 
    • Early and Brief interventions 
    • Treatment 
    • Outreach 
    • Groups 
    • Special considerations – medications, co-morbidities, dual diagnosis 
    • Families/Significant others and Caregivers 
    • The Older Wiser Lifestyle (OWL) model


    Trainer:
    Katherine Walsh, Peninsula Health

    Katherine Walsh is the Team Leader and senior AOD clinician for the innovative “Older Wiser Lifestyles” (OWL) Program at Peninsula Health. She originates from Southern California, where she received her degree in addiction studies and brings with her 20 years of experience in the treatment of addiction disorders and program management. She has conducted research internationally into contemporary treatment approaches and programs designed specifically for the ageing population, developed an educational DVD, co-authored several publications, delivered training across Australia and is currently developing a manual regarding this unique population.

  • The one day workshop is aimed at case and community workers who are interested in identifying family violence and would like to know how to work with their clients safely.

    March – Friday 20th March 2015

    9:15am – 4:00pm

    The one day workshop is aimed at case and community workers who are interested in identifying family violence and would like to know how to work with their clients safely.

    During the seminar we will:

    • Explore the myths about the causes of family violence 
    • Identify various forms of family violence 
    • Address the gendered nature of family violence 
    • Review the dynamics of men’s use of violence and collusion 
    • Explore direct involvement with men 
    • Review ongoing assessment, monitoring and risk management 
    • Address safe practices in engagement 
    • Review barriers to leaving and gathering important information


    Trainer:
    Denise Roberts, NTV (No To Violence)

    Denise Roberts is the training coordinator of No To Violence and the Men’s Referral Service and has been a family violence worker for over 20 years. This includes working in a refuge for woman and children escaping family violence for 12 years and as a facilitator of a men’s behaviour change program for both the mandated and voluntary programs for over 12 years. Denise is also a teacher of family violence courses such as the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence the qualification for workers in men’s behaviour change programs and the Course in Telephone Counselling: Male Family Violence, the qualification for volunteers and workers at Men’s Referral Service. She has presented at various conferences both in Victoria and interstate and has been a resource for various publications.

  • This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers. Each participant receives a Mental Health First Aid Manual, Certificate of completion, handouts and resources.

    Thursday 23rd April and Friday 24th April 2015

    9:00am – 5:00pm

    The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers. Each participant receives a Mental Health First Aid Manual, Certificate of completion, handouts and resources.

    Trainer: Fiona Blee, Project Officer, Turning Point

    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.

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