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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information about any of Turning Point’s professional
August – November 2014
Turning Point is offering four training workshops across the second half of 2014. The topics include Cultural Awareness and understanding of mental health from an Aboriginal Perspective, Alcohol and Other Drug and problem gambling comorbidity, Mindful Eating and a session for health professionals on how to understand and respond to Alcohol and Other Drug issues.
Further details of the workshops and trainers can be found below. Please click here to download the expression of interest form.
Participants learn about Aboriginal cultural norms, history,
social and emotional wellbeing models, cultural bound experiences,
communication and engagement styles, understanding and working with
symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicide from an Aboriginal
The workshop provides information, resources and strategies
for working with Aboriginal people within a southern context. We
explore ways of doing things “differently” from an organizational
position that is culturally inclusive and appropriate. Our aim is to
increase engagement and communication between non-Aboriginal and
Aboriginal people and their communities.
Trainer: Janine Cattanach
Janine Cattanach is a Marrithiyel woman traditionally from
Woodycupildiya in the Northern Territory, now based in Geelong Victoria
and operating The Cultural Consultancy Group. Janine worked at Barwon
Health Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services for four years as the
Aboriginal mental health worker and understands the core cultural
issues experienced at both an organisational and community level. Her
workshops provide information, strategies and resources specifically
for working with Aboriginal people, in addition to exploring ways of
doing things “differently” from an organisational position that is
culturally inclusive and appropriate. Janine has a Bachelor of Social
Work though the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University and is
currently completing a Masters of Social Work.
T: 0430 418 823
Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.
This workshop will provide an overview of how gambling
problems develop, gambling and comorbidity, what the Victorian
treatment sector looks like and discuss distance based treatment
- How people develop gambling problems
- Gambling and comorbidity
- A Turning Point perspective on the gambling services
treatment sector in Victoria
- Emphasis on distance-based treatment modalities including
online, chat, forums and telephone
Abbott, Senior Gambling Counsellor, Turning Point
Judy has worked in telephone, online and face to face gambling
counselling since 1995. Judy has a background in Social Work within the
community health sector and began counseling work during the initial
intake of workers for the newly developing (Break Even) Gambler’s Help
Services. Her role entailed community education and she worked closely
with industry on the development of training for gaming venue staff as
well as with community agencies around awareness of the risks of social
gambling. In 2006, in partnership with industry she developed the
Gambler’s Help Self Exclusion Support Program.
This workshop covers the principles of mindfulness and
describes Mindful Eating, its application and practice. Participants
will learn about recent literature, practical strategies and be
presented with case studies.
- Principles of Mindfulness
- What is Mindful Eating?
- A review of the literature
- Applications and practice
of Mindful Eating.
- Keeping a mindful journal
- Mindful Shopping and
- Mindful Urge Control
- Mindfulness and Health at
- Mindless Eating Relapse
- Case Study
...and plenty of mindful eating experiences.
Trainer: Dr Naomi Crafti,
Strategic Lead, Workforce Development, Turning Point.
Naomi is a Senior Research/Education Fellow in Workforce
Development at Turning Point, Alcohol and Drug Centre. She started at
Turning Point in 2012 following 15 years experience in Tertiary
Education at Swinburne University and several years in Community
Education at Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV). At Eating Disorders
Victoria Naomi developed and facilitated workshops on; Mindful Eating,
A ‘Whole School’ Approach to Promoting Positive Body Image and Healthy
Eating and Health at Every Size (HAES®). At
Turning Point Naomi is
translating her research and education experience into the field of
addiction, including mindfulness for gambling and other addictive
The 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
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
Facilitators: Jean Popomilkov and Margret Petrie are two
senior psychologists employed at Clinical Services, Turning Point
Margret is a registered psychologist and a member of the APS
College of Counselling Psychologists. She has over 20 years of
counselling experience, having worked across a range of health and
education settings including community health and private practice.
Over the past decade, Margret has worked in the AOD sector and her
areas of interest include responding to methamphetamine and other
stimulant use, ACT and mindfulness-based interventions.
Jean Popomilkov is a registered psychologist and a member of
the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She has over 14 years
clinical experience in Adult Mental Health and AOD and has worked in a
range of settings including acute, community and private practice. In
the AOD sector, Jean has worked primarily with clients with dual
diagnosis and axis II disorders.