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Mental health and AOD

Build your skills to effectively support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) needs through this updated two-day workshop.

Course overview

Many people who experience mental health challenges also have co-existing needs related to alcohol and other drug use.

This course will explore the intersection of mental health and AOD to facilitate common understanding, and shared knowledge bases and frameworks.

Training will support integrated treatment approaches, cross-sector referral pathway and relationship development, address stigma and enhance treatment and support access.

This course has been designed in partnership with the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA), the peak organisation for the non-government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW.




What you will learn

At the end of this two-day workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between AOD and mental health
  • Explore attitudes and beliefs about mental health and AOD needs
  • Discuss and develop an understanding of the different practice approaches, experiences and perspectives across the mental health and AOD sectors
  • Provide more effective and integrated services and support to people with co-existing
    mental health and AOD needs
  • Understand the impacts of co-existing mental health and AOD needs
  • Explain the place of recovery and trauma-informed recovery-oriented practice in mental
    health and AOD context
Who should enrol
  • Mental health workers
  • Peer workers
  • AOD workers
Optional accreditation

Participants are offered the opportunity to complete a separate online learning module and related assessment tasks to achieve a Statement of Attainment for the nationally recognised unit CHCMHS005 – Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues. This unit forms part of Certificate IV and Diploma courses across mental health, peer work and AOD qualifications and may be used as credit towards a qualification.

Units of competency

  • Introduction to mental health and AOD use
  • Understanding AOD use
  • Pharmacology of AOD
  • Mental health and AOD
  • Assessment of AOD and related concerns
  • Recovery in the mental health and AOD context
  • Workplace issues related to AOD use
  • Understanding readiness for change
  • Harm minimisation
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing
  • Preventing and managing relapse
  • Coordinated approach to mental health and AOD use
  • Reflecting on practic
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