We know this: How to apply what you already know to treat alcohol and other drug problems

Wilson, Hollie & Magor-Blatch, Lynne (2015) We know this: How to apply what you already know to treat alcohol and other drug problems. In Australian Psychological Society 50th Jubilee Conference, 30 September- 2 October 2015, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Qld.



Implementing effective AOD supports and treatments into our daily practice can occur via a range of strategies. While specialist treatments exclusively targeting pathways toward substance reduction are an option, it is often not within the scope of many psychologists working in generalist or tertiary mental health settings. Regardless of the perceived barriers for integrating AOD practice into our work, there are key principles and approaches that can be adopted to improve the outcomes for many clients.


Irrespective of the client’s perceived need to address AOD issues, significant substance use will impact on the development, prognosis and treatment of most mental health conditions. Embedding AOD practice across our clinical work requires an openness to consider evidence-based approaches for all levels of substance use.


This presentation will outline a series of approaches that all practitioners can adopt, based on the principles of harm reduction and empowerment of client’s choice. An emphasis will be made toward outlining approaches that are consistent with best practice, easily accessible and do not require extensive resources to embed.


Applying effective AOD treatments as a standard treatment component is achievable for all practitioners and is essential for achieving better outcomes for a high proportion of the community accessing treatment from psychologists.

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ID Code: 88883
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Alcohol, Drugs, Treatment, Clinical, Therapy
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2015 23:19
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2015 23:19

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