Talking Point presents: Assoc. Prof. Jessica Storbjörk (Stockholm University)

Posted on: Monday, 07 April 2014

Turning Point’s free seminar series is pleased to announce the following special presentation on Thursday 10th April at 11am:

The Swedish Alcohol and Drug Treatment system: Who's in treatment? How do they get there? What are the outcomes? A brief Swedish-Australian comparison

Presented by Jessica Storbjörk
Jessica is Associate Professor of sociology at Stockholm University and coordinator of the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs. She has been engaged in quantitative and qualitative research into social aspects of alcohol and drug use, problems, and treatment (systems) since 2000. She is visiting Australia to collaborate with Turning Point on various research projects.
Her work has mainly focused on a client perspective: on substance users’ barriers to and reasons for entering treatment; coercion and social control (including compulsory treatment); the marginalized position of substance users in terms of poor social situation, poor housing, and weak social networks; similarities and differences between women and men in treatment; service users’ experiences of (in)voluntary treatment and contacts with societal institutions/authorities; alcohol and drug related mortality; and treatment outcome and clients’ reasons for changed use following treatment. Her research has also involved organizational changes in the substance abuse treatment system.
Jessica is currently studying citizens’ rights and obligations in the welfare sector with a special emphasis on the conditions of substance misusers. She analyses proposed changes in the Swedish substance abuse treatment system. It has been suggested that the treatment responsibility is transferred from the municipal social services to the regional level health care system. Actors and arguments for and against this change are studied. In Autumn 2013 a new project will start about service user involvement in the treatment system.
For a comprehensive biography of Jessica’s work, publications and projects see Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs SoRAD
The seminar is free, all welcome, bookings essential by email or call 8413 8413
Thursday 10th April 2014
Turning Point 
142 Gertrude St, Fitzroy