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Fundamentals of Addiction: A Practical Guide for Counsellors
Previously entitled Alcohol & Drug Problems, this new edition has been renamed Fundamentals of Addiction to reflect advances in the field extending beyond psychoactive drug use to include behavioural or “process” addictions. Most chapters have been wholly revised and updated, while new topics have been added to reflect changes in the field. Fundamentals of Addiction is intended as an introductory text for college and university addiction courses, and for general counselling and human resources courses that address addictions. Read more...
Becoming Trauma Informed
Becoming Trauma Informed describes trauma-informed practice at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. The editors and authors bring unique perspectives from various settings and from the diverse groups with which they work, sharing how trauma-informed principles have been integrated into different mental health and addiction treatment and social service environments. They emphasize how trauma-informed services must take into account an understanding of trauma, and place priority on trauma survivors’ safety, choice and control. Read more...
Addiction fundamentals: A blog by Wayne Skinner
Wayne Skinner, who has worked in addiction treatment for nearly forty years says: "During that time I have seen (and been a part of) a lot of change, both in our field and in society at large. It seems to me that we are at a point – a hinge point in the history of addiction – where we can have a new, expanded conversation about our field, in ways that we haven't been able to in the past." Join the conversation.
Strengthening Your Voice is a guide with a series of accompanying videos to train people with lived experience of problems with prescription opioid use to tell their stories publicly. It contains helpful information on
- preparing a presentation
- managing audience questions and reactions
- and paying attention to self care before, during and after a presentation.
The National Youth Screening Project: Enhancing Youth-Focused, Evidence-Informed Treatment Practices through Cross-Sectoral Collaboration
The National Youth Screening Project worked with agencies across Canada to
- improve how youth access treatments for substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns (CD);
- help service providers become better able to help these youth;
- and increase opportunities for early intervention.
The national report findings, 10 local reports and recommendations can be accessed through the link above. (From EEnet.)
The Youth Systems Services Review (YSSR) (PDF)
The Youth Systems Services Review (YSSR) is a review of the services currently available to address the substance use needs of youth age 12 to 24 in Ontario. The project aimed to
- describe the landscape of service available to youth
- identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration
- enhance services
- and build a system to better meet the needs of youth.
The information gathered from multiple perspectives, and the resulting recommendations, have the potential to inform long-term system change to better meet the needs of youth. (From EEnet.)
Family Support and Psychoeducational Group Manual for Problem Gambling (PDF)
This manual, developed by the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at CAMH, introduces a framework for developing and delivering a four-week psychoeducational support group for family members of people with gambling problems. Topics discussed include understanding problem gambling, improving communication, setting clearer limits, and building self-care and support. (From problemgambling.ca).
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