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Training, resources and webinars for clinicians

National evidence-based guidelines, online resources and evidence-based training to support and upskill healthcare professionals.

National Comorbidity Guidelines

The guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition) are available in the following formats:

The comorbidity guidelines online training program has been developed to assist alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers working with clients with co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Length: 10 training modules that can be completed at your own pace in any order
  • Suitable for: There are no prerequisites to enrol in the training program; however, it is assumed that participants will have an understanding of AOD use.
  • Outcomes:
    • Increased knowledge and awareness of mental health conditions
    • Improved confidence in working with clients with comorbid mental health conditions
    • Improved ability to identify mental health conditions
    • Improved ability to recognise and respond to physical health comorbidities
    • Understand delivery of a coordinated care approach to clients with comorbid mental health conditions
    • Understand management and treatment of comorbid mental health conditions
    • Improved ability to manage their own self-care.

Further information and access to training modules is available via the Comorbidity Guidelines website.

Face to face evidence-based training based on the Comorbidity Guidelines content will be available in 2020. For more information please contact matilda.centre@sydney.edu.au to receive updates about this new initiative.

Comorbidity Guidelines has additional resources to help clinicians, including:

  • Client worksheets 
  • Screeners
  • Assessments
  • Cognitive behavioural techniques
  • Anxiety management techniques 
  • Referral pro-forma 
  • Links to useful resources, guidelines, research and information organisations

Visit the Comorbidity Guidelines website to access these resources.

COPE program

Concurrent treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders using prolonged exposure (COPE): a treatment manual.

Based on a study conducted by our researchers we've developed the Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Using Prolonged Exposure (COPE) Program.

This is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy program designed for patients who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a co-occurring alcohol or drug use disorder. The therapist guide (for clinicians) and patient workbook are available to order online.

Researchers at the Matilda Centre are currently recruiting adolescents and young adults for a radomised controlled trial, COPE-A. We are comparing the efficiency of two psychological therapies for co-occurring substance use and traumatic stress among young people aged 12-21 years. Young people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event may be eligible for up to 16 sessions with a psychologist as part of the study.

Cracks in the Ice for health professionals

The Cracks in the Ice online community toolkit has a dedicated section for health professionals to help guide professionals in their practice when faced with issues related to ice (crystal methamphetamine) and provides access to a range of factsheets, guidelines, webinars and online resources for professionals working across a range of sectors, including:

  • General Practitioners
  • Frontline workers in hospital settings and emergency departments
  • Frontline workers in alcohol and other drug settings
  • Mental health practitioners (eg psychologists, social workers and counsellors)
  • Paramedics
  • Police Services

Explore the resources at Cracks in the Ice.

Preventure training for clinicians and youth workers

Our Preventure facilitator training workshops enable you to implement the Preventure program in your local area.

  • Length: 2-3 days training workshop plus 4 hours supervised practice
  • Suitable for: Mental health practitioners and youth workers
  • Outcomes: Upon completion of training and supervision requirements you will be able to run Preventure in your local area

Preventure is an intervention aimed at reducing adolescent drug and alcohol use in high-risk teenagers. Teens with high-risk personality profiles as identified by a screening questionnaire are invited to participate in two 90-minute group workshops. The Preventure program has proven both feasible and effective when delivered by trained school staff and clinicians and we are currently expanding our facilitator training to youth workers. Program materials were developed in Canada by Professor Patricia Conrod but have been culturally adapted for implementation in Australia.

For more information and to register for upcoming workshops in Australia please contact Dr Erin Kelly at erin.k@sydney.edu.au.

Primary Health Network webinars

Researchers at the Matilda Centre have been funded by PHNs from Sydney North (SNHN) and Central and Eastern Sydney (CESPHN) to develop and deliver a series of webinars on alcohol and other drugs.

Access the Primary Health Network webinar series playlist on YouTube 

You can find recordings and PDF handouts from our previous webinars below. For more information about the PHN webinar series contact us